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The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

133-135 Lothian Road
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Hanging Bat

A good sized and very busy pub on the popular Leith Road, it is perhaps more one of the new breed of “craft ale” bars rather than your traditional pub, with an extensive keg selection and only ⅓ and ⅔ measures being available. It was pretty much full to capacity on our recent Saturday evening visit with a buzzy and noisy atmosphere, and we just managed to squeeze on to one rather small table with high stools rather than proper chairs.

It’s divided across three levels internally, with the ground floor level being to the left and slightly lower and upper sections off to the right. Décor wise it’s got all the traditional touches such as a wood strip floor and exposed stone walling along the left hand side, but somehow all managed to feel a little more contemporary than might be expected. Elsewhere was pale green plasterwork whilst the light fittings were industrial in style and fitted with on-trend exposed filament bulbs. Seating was a mixture of Chesterfield sofas as well as wooden pews and the aforementioned high stools.

The menu offered a basic selection of bar snacks, with “dogs” seeming to be something of a speciality, as well as Thai Green Curry, Chilli Con Carne and so on. My Hot Dog with Barbecue Pulled Pork was actually a pretty decent dish, with a proper Frankfurter style sausage, a generous amount of tasty pork and a side order of chips, although they were very disappointing being flabby, overcooked and greasy.

The current beer options were all chalked up on a board next to the bar, and the cask options on this occasion were Cromarty Atlantic Drift, Fyne Ales Lost Causes, Tryst West Coast Wave, Top Out Smoked Porter and Tiny Rebel Denali IPA. The keg options ran to a further 14 choices and I tried the Fallen Chew Chew, a salted caramel milk stout although I was a little disappointed with there being no evidence of the caramel that I could detect. After almost 20 beers the cider choice was…..nothing! Very disappointing, with only bottles being available apparently.

On 5th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Paris Hilton left this review about Hanging Bat

Cracking little bar.

On 15th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Hanging Bat

Modern split-level bar, with seating areas both up and down half-flights of stairs. Mixed furniture, including high tables, sofas and tall stools by the front window. Tiny rear patio smoking area. Five of six handpumps in operation, including Luckie Porter (£2.70, 2/3rd pint schooner), plus a fine array of 14 craft keg beers. Worth a stop if in the area.

On 18th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by William Purnell
Haymarket, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Edinburgh, 0.97 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.33 miles, 44 min walk (show)
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8th May 2019, 22:45
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8th May 2019, 22:45
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