Hanging Bat Beer Cafe | Edinburgh,
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Hanging Bat Beer Cafe
World Class based on 28 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

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.

Mayor: allmyvinyl (54) | Affiliated user(s) here podgorgon | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 100

Hanging Bat Beer Cafe

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Beer Available At Hanging Bat Beer Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Siren Half Mast QIPA 96, Siren Undercurrent 92, Tiny Rebel USA Wheat 78, Moor Revival 90, The Kernel Pale Ale 4C 94, Partizan Hommel 74, Alpha Project / Natural Selection Fitzroyís Obsession , Highland Scapa Bere , The Kernel Table Beer 95, Magic Rock Salty Kiss Lime 91, Summer Wine Idaho , Buxton Wild Boar 95, Moor NoríHop 96, The Kernel India Pale Ale Chinook Simcoe Zeus 91, Brew By Numbers 09/01 Brown Ale - Bramling X and Columbus 85, Tempest Saison Solaire , Arbor Why Kick A Moo Cow 84, Weird Beard Fade To Black 97, Scottish Borders Holy Cow 41, St Andrews / Natural Selection Hot Coffee
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28 reviews for Hanging Bat Beer Cafe
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  85%
 Selection  90%
 Food  71%
 Value  73%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (391) 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Jow  (146) New York | August 16, 2014
So after tasting at Craigís a few of us werenít quite ready to go home. So took bus to here. Nice decor and three levels. Beer list is most craft centric Iíve seen in city and I was able to get the welsh tick I always wanted. Fun joint and definitely one Iíd frequent if local.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs  (313) Toronto, Ontario | July 19, 2014
2014-07-09. Pretty cool modern wood decor feels way less douchey than my online impression of it. Servers were friendly. Food was good but not entirely to my own tastes. chicken wings were more Texas BBQ than Buffalo sauce wise but were super tender. Pulled pork was good but smokey and not quite what I wanted. Mac and cheese was alternately richly cheesy and overly floury. Would definitely go back. Best tap line up in town when we were there by a significant margin, with a good range of styles and breweries. Space is larger than expected, spread across a couple of levels. Beer wise, definitely the best place in Edinburgh by a long margin. Atmosphere wise I like it but places like Cloisters and Bow Bar have a warmer more traditional feel.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
JD_Walker  (6) Minnesota | June 18, 2014
Visited the Hanging Bat on a rainy Tuesday afternoon and was almost the only customer in the place. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful in answering my questions about the new Scottish beer scene, and in helping me select beers to try. The selection was very good, focusing on local and regional brews. Everything I tried was interesting and of good quality, including a saison made at Hanging Bat and an Edinburgh-area IPA. I will say the beer was not cheap at 3-4 pounds per schooner, but for me it was worth it for the guidance, conversation, and excellent beers. Overall a terrific experience!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
HopScotch_MGA  (11) Malaga, Spain | May 31, 2014
Excellent and huge selection of crafts from all arond the globe.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
migajos  (68) Warsaw, Poland | May 20, 2014
One of the best craft beer selection, Iíve seen in Europe. Nice interior and atmosphere. Helpful chatty staff. The only disadvantage were prices. Expensive. Will surely be back to check out whats on taps next time!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Owl83  (36) Athens, Greece | April 21, 2014
Modern place to have good craft beer in the city of Edinburgh.Though the place didnít impress me,the line up of taps and the bottles available did.A good choice to have good beer in Edinburgh.The staff was willing to help and knew about basic things.So among all the Tennentís and bad ales going around there i suggest it!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Tim Webb  (202) 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  (386) 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  (541) 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  (150) 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

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