What a surprise. Small but interesting selection of good beer. De Molen, Mikkeller, Kernel, Marble... Good pricing too. Albeit, it is a dingy convenience store, but reminiscent of similar beer/grocery stores around Europe.
Visited on Saturday 8th December ’12. Right between Cloisters and the Hanging Bat (2 or so minutes from either) if you want to build this into a crawl as I did.
As others have touched on a dingey mini market with a pretty decent beer selection at reasonable prices. Quite a few Dutch and Belgian offerings as well as a few from the US and plenty of Scottish micro stuff. I picked up 3 winners from Tempest amongst others.
Guy serving knew his stuff and had a little chat about beer as I paid.
Reccomended and whilst a 10/15 walk from the centre of town, if you’re doing a pub crawl easily incorporated as touched on above.
A basic off licence with better selection than your standard offy. Maybe 30 bottles on offer, mostly macro, with a selection of German stuff widely-available American craft (Flying Dog, Goose Island, etc.). By no means is this place a destination, but you need some drinking beers and you are in this neighbourhood then this place should do the trick.
An ordinary kiosk with an unusual good range of bottled beers. Has got some similarity with the one, Kihoskh, in Copenhagen. I was especially impressed by the selection of bottles from Scottish microbreweries. All of them well arranged on the shelves and reasonably priced. Opens early (08.30) and closes late (22.00). Polite service. Connected to the nearby Brauhaus (information per 10/8), and located next to Cloisters (visited a few times during my stay in Edinburgh, early August 2013).
Nina’s is a random little mini-market with an impressive bottle selection given the size of the place. If someone hadn’t told you about it you when never think of stopping past. They have plenty of interesting UK, American & Scandinavian beers on offer. Plenty of stuff like Mikkeller, Kernel, Alechemy, Tempest etc. They had a couple of things not available elsewhere in Edinburgh. Worth a visit, especially considering it’s so close to Hanging Bat & Cloisters.
WOW. I just found this place by a coincidence. Planned to buy some food before The Brauhaus opened. Thought this was an ordinary off licence. What an outstanding range off bottles. The man behind the desk could do a well guiding as well.
2014-07-09. Convenience store with an okay selection of Scottish beers and imports. Some De Molens that caught my but they were all bottled over a a year ago. We had already stocked up on Scottish beers elsewhere so we didn’t end up buying anything here. Worth poking your head in if you are in the neighbourhood but fairly disappointing today.
sic1314 (476) Leiden, Netherlands | November 16, 2012| Updated December 1, 2012
Quite an amazing sight to walk into a convenience store and find a shelf of De Molen. Not a huge selection, but wonderfully varied. Has the same ownership as Brauhaus?
I find this place a bit surreal. It looks like a bog standard mini supermarket. but were you would expect to see the Tennents & Stella there is instead an amazing selection of high quality craft beers which are hard to find. Owner very friendly & passionate about beer. One of the most interesting beer stores I have ever visited.