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The Bow Bar, Edinburgh

80 West Bow
Edinburgh
EH1 2HH
Phone: 01312267667
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Bow Bar

A traditional looking pub situated just around the corner from the popular Grassmarket strip, this was our second attempt to visit here having previously turned up at around 11:30pm on a Friday evening, only to find a situation of complete chaos with a couple of police officers in attendance. Fortunately on a Sunday afternoon, it was all together far more civilised.

Internally it’s all one long, open plan room with dark wooden boards on the floor, wood panelling on the lower part of the walls and cream painted wallpaper up above. The ceiling was painted a deep red colour and there was a wooden porch was at the front of the pub that had a small TV perched on top of it, although this was not in use on our visit. An extensive collection of old brewery mirrors were on the walls, as well as various old enamel advertising signs for cigarettes and tobacco. An old fireplace was at the rear although unfortunately all it contained was a very tacky looking electric wood burning stove. Bench seating with blue padded cushions was around much of the perimeter. Food options seemed to be limited to a few pies served on a lunchtime, although we did have a packet of haggis flavour crisps if that’s more your thing.

Beers on tap were Tempest Pale Armadillo, Hybrid Groat, Fallen New Word Odyssey, Allendale Wilderness, Fallen Idaho Simcoe, Windswept Coffee Porter, Gipsy Hill Inspector and Cromarty Red Rocker. After that lot it was very disappointing to find that they had no ciders on tap, although despite that I quite liked this pub and would happily return, albeit perhaps not on a Friday or Saturday evening.

On 5th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Bow Bar

One of my favourites (of many) in Edinburgh. Unchanged, so little to add to previous reviews. Normally a centre of refinement but just to keep my on my toes, there was an altercation tonight. Don't let this put you off - its a rarity caused by someone who had a few too many of the 310 available malts.

Stewards 80 /- in fine form.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2EbetSm

On 5th January 2018 - rating: 10
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bow Bar

Ten years on and almost no change in this superb little bar. The interior is a single room, wooden flooring and third length wood panelling with lots of framed breweriana on the wall (mainly fabulous old brewery mirrors). There’s a nice fireplace though the flames in the wood burning stove looked rather odd and I assumed these were fake. The teeny-tiny tables are solidly attached to the floor, unusual. Eight font (air pressure dispense) ales; Stewart 80/- (decent nick), Cairngorm Sledgehammer (superb shape), Fyne Hurricane Jack (very good), Alchemy Bowhemia plus four ‘mystery’ dark ales from Scottish breweries which were part of a January-long competition to find the best – there was a cup above the bar waiting to be claimed for it as well. The huge whisky range remains, 300+, as does the newspaper rack. A word about the staff, who were good-humoured and knowledgeable (the incoming barmaid had a quick nip of the two new beers on since her last shift). A friendly atmosphere inside (no music, TV or machines, which helps) and it’s a real session pub. Pretty much perfect, in my eyes.

March 2006
Old fashioned pub dedicated to two of the finest drinks available - real ale and whisky, making the atmosphere inside a joy. The whole place is dedicated to enjoying the drink with no distractions except for a newspaper rack and the buzz of other conversations. Also near to some great eateries and close enough (but far enough away from) the Royal Mile to pop in and not get squashed by tourists. A must. Rated 9

On 23rd January 2016 - rating: 10
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Edinburgh, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.8 miles, 54 min walk (show)
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5th Apr 2019, 08:56
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31st Mar 2019, 17:50
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pies, soup and bridies are available at lunchtime - last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 12 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 August 2015 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday12 - 11:30pm
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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