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Bow Bar

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Address: 80 W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 7667
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Activities: Drinking
Description: Small quiet bar with a large selection of whiskey.

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    Terrible
Good beer

Actually writing this in the bar. nice old world feel to the place. Beer is excellently kept and served quite impressive. Staff knowledgeable and fun. Beer felt a bit pricey hence... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
SimonT448
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I have been meaning to write this review for a while- Thank you so much for making our night! My husband and I came here after being recommended on TripAdvisor - and boy where we right! You told us you would find a Whiskey for me and did! *He was incredibly patient and sweet- going over each of the flavors... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

You cannot and would not want to go anywhere else for beer. Great little bar, lovely staff helping the hours and beers slip by.

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Purmerend, The Netherlands
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a gem of a real Scottish bar, where the bartender is happy to recommend a beer and mainly local Scottish people are seen, although it's in the middle of the tourist area. Keep it a secret! (The location on the map is not correct, it's located in the middle of West Bow.)

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

My family and I popped in at the weekend for some drinks and the male bartender (bald with a beard) was immediately rude. He asked my husband for id and we giggles saying oh wow a compliment, the bartender said if you laugh again you leave?! We all looked at each other and started to order, he was very unfriendly... More 

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you enjoy whisky and you find yourself in Edinburgh you must visit the Bow bar. A fantastic selection of whiskies with very friendly staff who have a fantastic knowledge of whisky. The menu is very comprehensive and there if you do not know exactly what you want just ask and the staff will get it spot on. I was... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Actually writing this in the bar. nice old world feel to the place. Beer is excellently kept and served quite impressive. Staff knowledgeable and fun. Beer felt a bit pricey hence reduced rating.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This place is amazing!!! People are so friendly, welcoming and go the extra mile to help you choose your beers. Amazing selection of beers!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Visited in March on work day out. Barman far more interested in his crossword and so unwelcoming and unfriendly. Give this place a big wide berth folks, truly awful experience.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Visited the pub recently during a short stay in Edinburgh. The whisky was great and the bar staff were enthusiastic and helpful. The Bow Bar is very traditional and the staff know how to run it, this includes kicking out anyone who is too drunk, one of our party drifted off (after a long journey to Scotland) and the angry... More 

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London
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Good selection of nicely kept real ales. Staff very friendly & happy to chat about the 285 whiskies on offer, the regions, etc. Great chilled atmosphere, especially for a "big city" pub. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Staying in Old Town

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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-flavored 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.