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The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

133-135 Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH3 9AD
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Quinno _ left this review about The Hanging Bat

Trendy bar and eatery with the usual quasi-industrial stylings. Too cool for Point of Sale labels so you have to look at the blackboard for the beer range. 3 of the 6 cask on with brews from Fyne, Top Out and Black Isle. At the bottom was a chalked missive stating that "cask beer is meant to be more flat than keg!". Now I thought surely that's just to deal with idiot customers and then I got my third (no halves or pints here, proles!) of the Yellowhammer which was flat and musty (NBSS 1) so perhaps the problem is with you, not them, eh? I decided that I couldn’t be arsed to quibble over a third as I had plenty of other pubs I wanted to tick, so headed off. It was interesting that in a couple of later pubs, when I got talking to the bar staff and was asked where I’d been and what I thought, this one elicited a general ‘not surprised by that’ reaction.

On 15th November 2021 - rating: 4
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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
[User has posted 78 recommendations about 62 pubs]


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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)
Latest updates View all updates for The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh
15th Nov 2021, 15:25
Review submitted by Quinno _
 
23rd Oct 2021, 17:53
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 26 October 2009 by hondo .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
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