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Bow Bar

80 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
+44 131 226 7667
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Hero Worship

Apparently this place has a fine selection of scotch whisky, but we were here for the beer. There... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
King's Lynn
ale and whisky lovers dream and takes dogs

Great bar on the way to Grassmarket. whiskeys range from about £4 to £260 for a 35ml dram. staff... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Workington, United Kingdom
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Small quiet bar with a large selection of whiskey.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible12%
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
80 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 7667
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apparently this place has a fine selection of scotch whisky, but we were here for the beer. There was a fine selection of cask ale delivered by the old fashioned Scottish air pressure system, so don't be put off by the lack of hand pumps....More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great bar on the way to Grassmarket. whiskeys range from about £4 to £260 for a 35ml dram. staff very knowledgeable. Real ales great we tried the Sampo which tastes like pineapple yummy. Takes dogs and our 2 enjoyed the rest

Thank stumagoo
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Are you into single malts? Get ready for 310 choices in the Bow Bar. Small place with lots of character where you will be greeted by friendly staff in a relaxed ambience. Ask for the whisky menu where you will be surprised by hundreds of...More

Thank RomanBR
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Nice and quiet bar with variety of scotsch whiskey and draft beers. There is no music at least at the time we were there but it's ok if you are with friends

Thank charalampos p
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Some friends told us to visit the bar. For sure there are a lot of whisky's available, but the bar itself was very light, no music. We did find this enviroment so attractive, because we expected dimmed light, some cosy music and friendly warm atmosphere.More

Thank Bjorn8
BowBar_Management, Manager at Bow Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hi Bjorn, It's a shame that you judge us on expectations and on something that we don't do. Yes we are a busy city centre pub, and no we don't play music for many reasons. That's what we do and it works for some people...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017

Brilliant place if you like Whisky. Not sure how many they have but its hundreds and hundreds. The staff are amazing, they know every flavour, smell and history of the place they come from. We sampled a few from different regions and learned all about...More

Thank Alikatz7
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Nice selection of whisky, friendly staff, traditional pub atmosphere. Just a great place to hang out for an ale or a whisky.

Thank TommyDarcy
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Always make sure I have a beer or two in this excellent, atmospheric little bar when I am in Edinburgh. With a great changing range of real ales (not to mention whiskies) friendly, efficient service if you can get a seat it's even better as...More

Thank mat20107
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

What a great pub old fashioned in a good way 😊my brother had a steak pie which I managed a taste of which was very good I would have had one too but it was the last one 😂great selection of beers and whiskies. Will...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The last few visits may have been rather disappointing but it was a very pleasant surprise to find the place back on form with some excellent beer. Always good to welcome back a prodigal!

Thank rogerandwendy
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Patrick R
8 October 2015|
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Response from BowBar_Management | Property representative |
Hi Patrick. Not to my knowledge. The Bow Bar has been running since 1987 so I doubt another 'Bow Bar' was on the street.