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Cloisters (Free)
Excellent based on 43 ratings
Type: Bar

26 Brougham St
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9JH [ print map ]
0131 221 9997

cloistersbar.com

Hours: Normal pub hours


Mayor: allmyvinyl (17) | Taps: 9 casks |


Cloisters (Free)

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Beer Available At Cloisters (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Freewheelin’ Winter Ale , Freewheelin’ Ruby , Freewheelin’ XX Bitter , Freewheelin’ DIzzy Blonde , Freewheelin’ Blonde , Waen Tinderbox , Buxton Rednik Stout 93, Magic Rock Pith Head 57, Oakham The Kraken’s Ink 87, Tryst Raspberry Chocolate Porter , Bad Seed South Pacific Pale Ale 69, Broughton Mad Merlin , Raw Blonde Pale Ale 37, Brass Castle Bad Kitty 86, Hopcraft Sharks Against Surfers , Highland Jack Flag , Revolutions Tin Drum , Tyne Bank Green Hop , Alechemy Strachan’s ERA , Williams Brothers Draught 39
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43 reviews for Cloisters (Free)
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  74%
 Value  71%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  90%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
mark1969  (24) edinburgh, Scotland | January 17, 2012| Updated January 21, 2012
Great bar with excellent real ales on draught. The staff very passionate about real ale .outstanding venue .
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
cgarvieuk  (150) Edinburgh , Scotland | July 8, 2014
Oh i cant believe ive not rated this. This is now my (work)Local. there a few lunchtimes every week. 9 taps 5 changing and 4 fixed (Stewart Holy grail, Tim Taylor Landlord, Cairngorm Tradewinds,deuchers IPA). Beer always top notch. Very friendly... This is my TOP equal choice of Edinburgh bar (along with the Bow Bar) the 5 Guest Taps Change frequently, through a wide and varied selection Since my original rate way back in 2008...this place has gone from strength to strength, they have removed Landlord, and Deuchers and put in a permanent highland tap, and Stewarts Pentland, they have replaced Guinness with Black Isle Porter and have an occasional range of interesting Keg beers. Children over 5 now allowed with food up till 7pm
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii  (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | November 4, 2011
My favourite pub in Edinburgh as anyone who knows me will testify. 4 regular ales: Stewarts Pentland IPA and a dry hopped Stewarts 80/- specially made for Cloisters (Holy Grale), also Highland Scapa Special and Cairngprm Trade Winds. 5 constantly rotating guest ales, many of which are from Scottish breweries. A dedicated craft keg and Black Isle Porter and Blonde also regulars. Beer is exceptionally well kept, friendly atmosphere. No music. What are you waiting for?
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (71) , Northern Ireland | July 15, 2013
one of my favourite pubs in edinburgh
fantastic converted church interior, watch the spiral staircase after you’ve hada few!
great range of cask beers with a couple of keg fonts thrown in for good measure
most recent visit saw them launching scotland’s newst visit.
although quiet,staffwent out of their way to help, texting staff at another pub to find out what was on there
food available, not sampled
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Butty  (11) , Scotland | January 1, 2012
My local boozer ... and what a good one to have as a local. It’s small and, since the beer is great, often crowded in the evenings. However during the day this can be a quiet haven in which to enjoy a pint and a paper. An ever rotating range of ales from the UK (and bottles from further afield) are announced by Twitter. Certainly one of Edinburgh’s best real ale establishments. Not tried the food yet, but I’ve heard good things.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
digita7693  (6) Kassel, Germany | February 19, 2012
Great small pub next to an episcopal church in Tollcross, and which, from my understanding, used to be part of the church. Nice typical uk pub, with I believe 10 cask beers, several of which are rotating, a couple of the usual uk suspects on tap (guiness, tennets, kursovice) and a few nice bottles. The staff are wonderful. Very friendly and knowledgeable. I was there early and they were discussing a couple casks they had just gotten in while I was sitting there and one of the bar tenders went down to the cellar and poured a couple glasses and brought them back up so that we could all try. Food looked good and seemed to be typical pub fare, but I didnt try anything. I would highly recommend going if you like cask ales.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 20/20
JohnRMurdoch  (306) Glasgow, Scotland | November 18, 2010| Updated June 19, 2012
Present for launch of the new Stewart Hefe Weizen Beer. Busy real ale bar with clientele who are real ale enthusuiasts. Good selection of interesting quality real ales & staff who are interested. A good place to sample good real ales and meet fellow beer lovers.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
northropfrye  (190) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013
Probably our favourite pub in Edinburgh. No music, no TV, just the sound of lively conversation, as it should be. Oh, and they have a great selection of real ales. Highly recommended.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome  (44) Somerville, Massachusetts | September 1, 2014
Nice selection of beers, great prices, and everything can be had in 1/4ths with no markup. Fantastic service.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (522) Banbury, England | April 26, 2012
This turned out to be our favourite pub in Edinburgh. The church fittings are still pretty obvious, the feeling is of a grander comfort than some of the smaller pubs. The range of beers is terrific from all over the UK. We ate here too, the food being very decent. A must visit for me.

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