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Black Isle Bar, Inverness

68 Church Street
Inverness
IV1 1EN
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Black Isle Bar

Corner bar that was very busy on our Friday visit. Being one of 2 Black Isle Brewery bars (the other is in Fort William), this one stocked a good range of their beers. Most were on keg, but there were 3 cask - 21 Pale, Goldfinch & Red Kite. The keg options were Blonde, 21 Pale, Supply Chain Issues, Porter, Hibernator Oatmeal Stout, Scotch Ale, Spider Monkey, Goldfinch, Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Full Circle, Systems Theory - West Coast Edition, Colonel Custard's Imperial Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, Red Kite, Road Runner, Farmhouse Spelt Lager, Rolling Palace 3 & The Big Sleep Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

The draft cider was their Natural Organic Cider and there were also a number of guest beers on keg - Brouwerij Boon Kriek Boon, Black Hole Equations #2, Tiny Rebel 505, Magic Rock Serendipitous, Huyghe Delirium Tremens & Beerbliotek Eternal Darkness.

On the ground floor, there is a roughly square shaped room with the bar to the rear left. A screen to the side of the bar lists the full beer selection. Service was quick, but there were no tables available. We had been hoping to try one of their pizzas cooked in their wood-fired oven at the rear of the room. But the lack of tables seemed to reduce our chances.

Instead, we chose to try out the secret garden on the rooftop. You pass some of the premises' bunk rooms on the way. The garden area was much larger than we had anticipated. There is a separate bar in one corner, stocking a more limited beer range, whilst some tables are located under heaters, with others more exposed to the elements, despite most of the area being undercover.

We did eventually manage to grab a table and we did try the pizzas, which were very tasty indeed.

I very much enjoyed my visit here and of all the pubs and bars we tried during our weekend in Scotland, this was the best.

On 8th November 2021 - rating: 8
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Ian Mapp left this review about Black Isle Bar

Pizza and large open plan dining/drinking den that recreates the hipster style bars of bigger cities.

The brews were on a TV Screen and no complaints on my Scotch Ale, even when only served in halves. I soon found a way around that.

Walked past on the evening and it was heaving.

On 4th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about Black Isle Bar

A large corner bar with wooden floor, seemingly hand-made benches and tables made from scaffolding poles and reclaimed timber, with refectory chairs. A mural depicts the Black Isle itself, I believe, but the ceiling is disappointing industrial grunge. The bar counter is made from a slice of a single tree, which reflects the organic ethos of the brewery.

Beers are dispensed from taps in the bar back, and listed on a computer display alongside. It is possible to pick out those that are real ales by looking for the word "cask" alongside the beer's name - the numbered taps are otherwise indistinguishable. There were three cask ales and a cider at the time of my visit. Beers are available (and priced) in thirds as well as halves and pints: my half of their own Red Kite was £2.

On 24th September 2017 - rating: 6
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8th Nov 2021, 13:39
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18th Apr 2020, 14:23
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  • Accommodation : Yes - See website for details - last updated 24 September 2017 by Will Larter
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 November 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza oven - last updated 24 September 2017 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 September 2017 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 November 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by Quinno _
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