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).
Fin (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 21, 2016
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.
This previously ground-breaking bar has changed hands a lot of times in the last few years but the latest change seems to be a winner. June 2015 saw a new crew who clearly know how to run a bar, how to angle it clearly and how to stock it with an appropriate range of beers for 2015. I was educated about Scottish beer and beer knowledge generally for 20 minutes without repetition and 95%+ was accurate. Best Scottish brewers (though no BrewDog despite respect), no cask but plenty of bottle-conditioned. Fewer German, more Belgian. Oude Geuze and an Aberdonian tripel, plus quite a lot of stuff I had never heard of - a rarity nowadays. Cleaner than I remember it. Seems to be back on form.
Visited on Satudray early afternoon. Neither a modern pub nor a traditional. It was just german football match time so some BVB fans were included, we didn’t mind. Tap selection was not interesting at all. Bottle selection was mostly german beers, locals, belgians and americans. We found some excellent Stone brewery beers for very low price so we’ve drunk them. Staff was friendly.
This places used to be ran as THEE place to go for varied, hard to get, quality international beers - as a front to the infamous Nina’s Mini Market. When "craft" was associated with croqueting and Brewdog were a mere whimper compared to their stature now.
This was backed by a firm "loadsa beers from everywhere" vibe and German football over Premier League football on the TV with a decent fairing on tap.
However, the reigns have been handed over to a new crew and nowadays despite having a foothold in suppliers (Orval and co still feature) the focus has been less on hard to get gear and whatever stock they heldover (plenty of De Molen on the menu and very little in the cellar) from Nina’s round the corner.
The staff in my two recent visits could barely recognise the name of Trappist classics nevermind matching it up to the vast array of "proper glassware" behind them. As a beer bar I’d expect some grasp of things like this - all for show - but sadly lacking on a few attempts with different staff on different visits.
The taps seem to have gone more towards "tied" lagers and ciders, including Fosters so there’s very little rotation you’re likely to see week in week out now - although the draught selection was never the strong point.
The pub itself is tiny, long bench along the window and a couch has been replaces with a crap dining table and chairs which doesn’t yield much more floorspace. Try and stand against the wall near the bar if you want to squeeze in without having to sway for more than the barstaff getting into the cellar. The toilet have been miserable for years.
TVs showing German football bring a decent crowd in, although I don’t think they’ve offered hot food (German Sausage" for a few years now.
Plenty of bottled beers in comparison to many pubs of its size offering "craft beer" but sadly their scope for the rich and varied has slipped, whilst their margins haven’t. Plenty of better choice and value in the area now - including Nina’s, just around the corner beside Cloisters!
An internationally-minded bar with an apparent emphasis on German and Belgian beers. Not much on tap to interest the grizzled RBian. I didn’t spend too much time examining the bottle list but wasn’t overly impressed by what I saw. Not a bad bar by any means but I would probably recommend checking out other places in Edinburgh before this one.