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Bow Bar

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Old Town
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Address: 80 W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
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+44 131 226 7667
12:30 - 23:00
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 00:00

Small quiet bar with a large selection of whiskey.

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Tuesday 7th March. I would just like to thank the staff at bow bar. As my boyfriend proposed to me ... in a different way ... with my ring in a whiskey glass and a card... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jenna J
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tuesday 7th March. I would just like to thank the staff at bow bar. As my boyfriend proposed to me ... in a different way ... with my ring in a whiskey glass and a card :). Everyone was so happy for us both and ever so friendly. Thank you for being so kind. Jenna and Gavin

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Wrexham, Wales
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

8 middle aged to elderly men visited on Friday evening, from Wales to enjoy a good array of fine beers and chat to the locals. One of our Party was celebrating his 42 birthday so we decided to make him wear a Scottish hat for the evening. After order the first 6 drinks, my server apologised to me and said... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Visited with friends and was amazed with the selection of ales available, staff were very helpful in their knowledge of what they had on tap, well worth a visit :)

Thank gordy1958
County Westmeath, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Very friendly barstaff and locals when we were in for a few drinks. Locals chatted away to us and recommended different drinks to try. Real old-feel to the place gives it a traditional, comfortable atmosphere. Would definitely recommend dropping by.

Thank LaurenDevine95
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this place as a real scottish pub but what we found here was just the opposite. If you are looking for the best bar to try a good beer go elsewhere because here you are not welcome the waiter seems like he does not like serving foreigners. The scottish are very nice but this bar is not.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

You can imagine Burke and Hare popping in here for a pint, the place being so drenched in auld reekie atmosphere. Laconic barman, obviously wanted for murder somewhere, but very informative on the beer front when prompted. Came in here last year and it has not changed. May it always be so.

Thank Robert O
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I write this after two weeks working in Edinburgh. The city is littered with wonderful pubs and bars and I have been most days to the Oxford Bar and Cafe Royal which I will continue to visit (good food at the latter) . I have also visited the Bow Bar most days this past fortnight and cannot speak too highly... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This small traditional bar can get crowded at times, so if you don't like a crowded bar as I don't go at a different time to enjoy the beer selection, it always has a great selection of real ales and this augmented by a selection of bottle beers, mind you some of the bottle beers can be expensive if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The Bow Bar is the best traditional bar in Edinburgh - real people - locals mixing with tourists - bar staff friendly and professional. Good selection of beers and wines and not overcharging like some bars on The Royal Mile. Perfect Scottish bar in a great location.

Thank Mary S
Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Great bar with a fantastic atmosphere with a great choice of beers. Having said that I did get in trouble off a very irate barmaid for standing on a small wooden stool to take a photo of a large group of some lovely Irish people. Thank godness it didn't spoil my birthday night out.

Thank Jan T

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