Hanging Bat Beer Cafe | Edinburgh,
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Hanging Bat Beer Cafe
World Class based on 36 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 (56) | Affiliated user(s) here podgorgon | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 100

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Beer Available At Hanging Bat Beer Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Highland Batch 1488 , Alpha Project Burns Supper , Alpha Project I Was Saying Boo-urns , Fallen Platform NZ , Luckie Ales Not Brewed Often , Siren Fortunaís Gift 85, Fyne Ales / Hanging Bat Batfynk (Barrel Aged) , Hawkshead Brodies Prime Export 62, Tiny Rebel Dirty Stop Out (Bretted) , Luckie Ales Brown Porter , Blackjack Red Rye Saison 47, Wild Beer / Beavertown Rubus Maximus 98, Mikkeller / Siren Beer Geek Daydream 91, Partizan Abbey Red 59, Harbour Red Wine Aged Doppelbock , Harbour Bordeaux Barrel Aged Doppelbock , Thornbridge / Van Moll Trekdrop 93, Six Degrees North Auld Toon Triple 64, Alpha State Raspberry Cheesecake IPA , Magic Rock Dark Arts with Cocoa Nibs
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36 reviews for Hanging Bat Beer Cafe
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  85%
 Selection  90%
 Food  73%
 Value  73%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
jvhemert  (19) Edinburgh, Scotland | November 25, 2012
Opened Nov 2012. With 6 casks, 14 kegs and 100 bottles, easily one for the beer raters to flock to. Friendly and experienced staff that letís you try stuff and a relaxed ambience makes this the best beer pub in Edinburgh. Few marks off as some of the exotic bottles are overpriced. Havenít tried any of the food.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken  (206) Tokyo, Japan | January 16, 2015
Great place. Very good selection. Sadly not many of their beers on, but maybe this was because it was just after new year. Beer flights available and really good value. Nice mix of interesting domestic stuff and interesting imports, and of keg and cask. Best place we went to in Scotland. Spacious but busy. Friendly staff. Want to go back and spend a long time there.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Strebs  (199) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015
I was incredibly impressed with the Hanging Bat. I was able to sample beer from breweries that I had never heard of, and beer styles outside the usual run of the mill. I am 65 years old, and I was made extremely comfortable by the entire staff, especially the manager, Kieran, as well any of the younger patrons that I interacted with. After spending a month on business in the UK and Ireland, and a two week vacation in Scotland, the Hanging Bat was easily the best and most convivial drinking establishment that I enjoyed on the entire trip. Very highly recommended!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
BenH  (16) Edinburgh, Scotland | December 31, 2014
Pretty much the place to go in Edinburgh. 20 taps, no swill. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, service is spot on. Food is decent. Beer list is ever changing, mostly UK breweries. Comfy seating but it does get busy at peak times. Great bar.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk  (154) Edinburgh , Scotland | December 31, 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 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 10/20
highlandlad  (47) Blue Mountains, Australia | November 9, 2014
Terrific selection of beers but the bar itself and the prices left me cold. May be a generational thing - Iím 50 and on a Friday night my mate and I raised the average age in there by a decade. The place was crowded with bright young hipsters. Nothing against that but the vibe was jarring after a string of fine old Edinburgh bars. I also had huge expectations and therefore plenty of room for disappointment. The beer line-up was very impressive and I had no complaints about the condition of the couple I tried. The bar itself seemed oddly designed, with limited seating for the volume in there. Plenty of chrome. Prices seemed at the upper end of the scale for festival serves, especially for some of the NZ/Oz imports.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (389) , England | October 29, 2014
Early evening visit, Friday 24th Oct 2014. Busy with íbefore going homersí and early revellers. Nice vibe but difficult to get served with so many people wanting to stand by the pumps. The actual place is long and thin with three levels, all kind of visible from the bar area: toilets to the rear. Modern and slick joint with a mainly young crowd on our visit. Good and interesting selection of cask and keg beers, did not see or try any bottled stuff. My two cask ales were expensive (to me from Shropshire) but both were in good condition and new to me. Staff friendly, but very busy, didnít have any food. Too noisy and packed to really relax and enjoy but that was because of the timing of our visit: the whole city seemed to be out drinking that evening and every bar we visited appeared to be rammed.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
thebeecher  (3) , | September 24, 2014
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete  (91) Ghent, Belgium | September 21, 2014
Very nice beer bar in Edinburgh. Modern bar with cosy setting. Very nice beer selection with the best new upcoming Scottish craft beers but also an extensive list with the best European and American Imperial Stouts, geuze, IPAís, barley wines, ... Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Prices were ok. Didnít try the food but it looked ok. Worth a visit!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome  (44) Somerville, Massachusetts | September 1, 2014
Well worth the three visits! Good food, great selection of beers on tap. A bit pricey though.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Jow  (163) 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.

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