Visited on 30th October 2016. Stop off on a walking tour from Haymarket to Edinburgh. After taking on refreshments at Cloisters it seemed sensible to pop in. It’s a Spar type local shop with a better than average beer selection. Picked up a couple of Top Out beers here but the range wasn’t that spectacular. Service friendly, prices decent. A decent neighbourhood store with a better than average beer range.
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.
This is a small grocery shop close to Cloisters and we just called in on the off chance. The selection of bottles was surprisingly good, with a few winners. We happened to be there just as a local merchant was making his delivery so we had a chat and were encouraged by his enthusiasm for getting interesting beers into ordinary shops.
(Visited 2 February 2017).
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).
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.
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.
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.