This very much reminded me of a Dutch/Belgian beer bar, nice cosy atmosphere with candles on the tables, 6music playing on the radio and a great selection of both draught and bottle beers. The draught was a mix of German/Belgian/UK craft and one cider.
A nice cosy place, possibly an old corner shop as it has large windows to either side of the door. There’s just one small room with candlelit tables, a few church pews and autumnal twigs with fairy lights over the bar and windows. The draught beers weren’t overly exciting when we visited but there was an extensive bottle list.
(Visited 2 February 2017).
We visited Brauhaus at least three times over the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016, in fact we visited on each separate day, so I guess that one can conclude from that, that we quite enjoyed this bar. Btw the we being me, Dad and Barry. Brauhaus is situated between The Hanging Bat and Cloisters though a two minute walk up Laurieston Place. It is situated on a corner of Laurieston and a Glen Street and for orientation purposes it is probably something like south to south west of the castle and about an 8-10 walk would get you to there.
It’s a very small bar, if you had more than ten in here it would start to feel quite busy I’m sure. The entrance is on a corner with the bar ahead and to your right on entering. The beer list (bottle selection) can be found on a large chalkboard off to the RH side, however the flaw here is that if someone is sat in front of it, it looks like you are being quite rude and just gawping at them, this happened every time we visited, my forgetting to bring my glasses hardly helped in the gawping stakes either. The tap list can be found to the LH side of the bar in a much better position. The bottles are quite wide ranging with many good Belgian offerings and then a good selection of many of the current UK darlings of the Craft scene. On a couple of occasions we’d opted for the Fallen/Holyrood 9A Trainwreck on tap, a lovely 8.5% DIPA. However on our last visit I had dropped onto a favourite regular of mine, namely Buxton Axe Edge, dad had the Magic Rock/Lervig farmhouse pale collaboration.
Inside whilst a little dark and atmospheric, there were big windows on both sides providing some handy people watching opportunities, a pastime I rather enjoy. The bar staff seemed pretty knowledgeable on the beer choice and were keen to offer suggestions. I liked it here, however one downside was the TV screen up high in the corner and to be fair whilst it was only on quiet with 6 Music playing on behind the bar I did wonder if the TV was even necessary. I liked this place and think that while others may beat this hands down on tap choice this scores highly in other areas. It’s a good little bar.