Hanging Bat Beer Cafe | Edinburgh,
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Hanging Bat Beer Cafe
World Class based on 23 ratings
Type: Brewpub

133 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9AD [ print map ]

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Hours: Sun-Thu 12:00 - 0:00. Fri-Sat 12:00 - 1:00.

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Beer Available At Hanging Bat Beer Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Hopcraft Steady As She Goes , Hopcraft / Art Brew / Axiom Brewing Fault Line , Celt Experience Celt Brigid Fire 85, Highland Winter Blast , Tryst V.I.P , Wild Beer Epic Saison 88, Harbour Saison , Alechemy Stella Burst 73, Bristol Beer Factory West Coast Red 80, Burning Sky Saison ŗ la Provision 87, Summer Wine Bristol Cone , Siren / Cigar City / Grassroots Neither 98, Partizan IPA Cascade Columbus 77, Redchurch Viccy Park Porter , Lervig / Magic Rock Farmhouse IPA 94, Wild Beer / Beavertown Rubus Maximus , Siren Broken Dream (Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged) 96, Wild Beer Bliss 58, Wylam Jackhead , Magic Rock Villainous Vienna IPA 78
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23 reviews for Hanging Bat Beer Cafe
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  85%
 Selection  86%
 Food  77%
 Value  73%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (358) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
Easily the best beer bar in Edinburgh. The Hanging Bat is a split level with a good amount of seating. Power-raters will be glad to hear that all beers are available in 1/3ds...but weirdly enough not pints (although this doesnít bother me). Beer selection is spot-on, itís clear to me the people in charge know whatís going on in the UK beer scene well. Tap selection seems to rotate frequently. Helpful and knowledgeable staff all-round. Great place and probably one of the best in the UK.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 3/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 2/20
thebigdiv  (1) , Germany | April 15, 2014
Been here once or twice....rather hipsterish not very atmospheric. Also last time at inn Deep saw a member of hanging bat staff scratching his ass and sniffing his hand really really hope he isnt a food prep. guy!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Tim Webb  (192) Cambridge, England | March 28, 2014
Definitely a top UK beer destination. Cool wooden design, well-motivated, enthusiastic staff, if not 100% independent about the beers. Tried to direct me away from the excellent bottle-conditioned Bethnal Pale Ale towards the perfectly decent but not as good Bethnal Pale Ale on tap, on the grounds that they were the same brew. Controversially using 2/3 pint glasses called schooners - a bit avant garde for traditional British drinkers. Some of the newer bottled beers cost an eye-watering sum but as Nancy Reagan said, íJust say noí.
Brugmansia  (356) Jylland, Denmark | March 16, 2014
Visited first time marts 2014. Great place, cosy atmosphere, and great service and very friendly,serviceminded staff :D. Nice selection of beers on cask, kegs and bottles, served well conditioned..
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Fin  (495) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. This was my first visit here and I have to say despite the heavy weight of expectation from all of the positive reviews and comments that Iíd heard this certainly lived up to its Premier League billing, it was fab! This place is close to Cloisters another fine stop off but it is a million miles away in terms of beer variety and choice. The bat is literally right on the street, a flat fronted pub with a rather amusing but down at heel DIY looking sign, inside however things start to look much more professional, albeit pallets and old kegs etc are put to use for lighting attachment, sinks and a cistern, novel maybe but looks good. The bar is in front to the left as you enter with the beer board on the same side, there is a raised area to the right and it looked like additional seating downstairs. I thought the beer choice was excellent with a good many of the regions of the UK represented the bottle selection looked equally impressive. I had a superb Summer Wine Devil IPA Centennial on keg, Loz had a Hopcraft Golden Pixie on cask both were great. The staff were knowledgable and approachable, the place was quite busy for 4-5 on a Saturday afternoon. This is easily up there with the best in the UK, great bar.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk  (151) Edinburgh , Scotland | February 4, 2014
Well ive given this place time to settle to get a better feel for it. So here goes. The hanging bat has a lot to recomend it, 14 Keg lines and 6 Cask lines as well as a considerable bottle selection. But its not not all about the numbers its the care taken in the selection. With the likes of Kernel, magic Rock and Harbour, on regularly as part of the rotating guest list, and the likes of Hawkshead , Moor and Luckie forming part of there Permanent theres a Garentee of Interesting beers and Its not uncommon to find 4-5 beers above 6% on at any one time. But this place has more to offer than just beer. The layout and Decor make this a very comfortable bar, some where you can easily pop into for a 10 minute quicky or spend several hour being slowly seduced by its delights. Food is well done and well priced, offering filling and snacky alternatives. With Regular meet the brewer events its possible to see 10-20 brews from one of the more intersting UK breweries on at the same time. But for me the one thing that puts the Icing on the Cake is that it Allows Children. While Edinburgh has many great pubs sadly too many of them are not child friendly, so to find a Bar this good that we can go out as a family to is a delight.

SO were into a new Year and this place is going strong, its amazing the beer you can find in here on a Random monday night like last night. Which Just makes it such a great place to have a drink on the way home, but its also nice to sit on a quietish weekend afternoon playing a game with the kids while having a couple of beers, but the Thing that really lift this place to Truely stunning is the Beer events about once a month a brewer will appear and the Bar will showcase their beer, often taking up all 20(21) lines
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty  (209) Uppsala, Sweden | February 3, 2014
A superb bar and addition to the Edinburgh beer scene. The beers are constantly rotating so itís worthwhile keeping an eye on the board. I like the way that you buy tokens (bottle caps) when you want to taste small samples and that they do not have to all be used in one go. I wish more bars were like that.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
vshollows  (7) , | December 5, 2013
Great place with loads of beers to choose from. Was very busy on Saturday night, but we managed to get a seat downstairs. Huge tattoo on the neck/chest of the barmaid was not to our liking.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
danlo  (42) Darlington , England | November 6, 2013| Updated December 28, 2013
Nicely decked out bar on Lothian road in central Edinburgh. 12 keg beers available on tap, 4 cask ales and a very extensive list of bottled beers. Great service and good food menu. Nano brewery on view out the back. Very popular.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Rune  (360) TromsÝ, Norway | August 25, 2013
Most things works well here and they seemed to be doing everything right. Itís a medium sized place with comfortably seating areas on three levels promoting an airy and cozy atmosphere. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Good homemade food, beef ribs and American sausages, among others. Great range of interesting and tasty British ales on cask and keg (six cask ales, 14 on kegs) supported by an extensive menu of bottled beers from around the world. The cask and keg beers had a very fast rotation. I stayed in Edinburgh for five days and visited the pub every day, and the list on the blackboard was never the similar to the day before. Great praise for the Beer Flights, five third pint tasters for a few quid. With the Alpha project the Hanging Bat can now be labeled a brewpub. Music was also ok, Elvis Costello, early Bob Dylan and Scottish rock groups. Clean, fancy, and spacious toilets. A little beer garden at the rear of the pub. Even being located at the central Lothian road the pub is rather anonymous and not that easy to spot. Popular place all through the day visited by varied clientele. A new favourite, indeed (Visited 7th-11th August 2013).
gunnar  (324) Sandnes, Norway | July 28, 2013
My local at my recent visit to Edinburgh, and a favourite as well, with well kept beers, cask and keg. Interesting selection, and there was always something new and exciting on at all my visits. Was offered samples as well, always a nice habit. Nice modern interior.

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