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Oxford Bar

8 Young Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JB, Scotland (New Town)
0131 539 7119
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Ranked #46 of 189 nightlife in Edinburgh
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Respect to the Oxford Bar for not becoming a theme park. This is a straightforward Edinburgh boozer (few now left, so cherish it while you can) - expect no more, and no less, and you won't be disappointed. You won't be greeted with a fanfare but you will get courteous service, real atmosphere and a good pint. Plenty of other... More

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Watsonville, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My wife and I stopped in for a beer in this tiny atmospheric bar. Full of locals, but we were well treated, largely because my wife has lots of experience drinking and tending at rougher local bars in Montana. Not for your average tourist, but we liked it. Gotta respect a bar that has a reference collection of books on... More

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San Francisco
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is the closest pub to the apartment I was staying at so one night stopped in for a beer before going home, sad sack of a place with really uncomfortable chairs and wobbly tables. It didn't have that hole in wall or worn charm at all- just an atmosphere of apathy. Way too many places within 2 blocks that... More

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Leverkusen, Germany
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211 reviews 211 reviews
21 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My host had learned that I was an Inspector Rebus fan and took me through the back streets of Edinburgh to the Oxford Bar. Space around the bar itself was of a premium but the young lads behind the bar picked up the signs of our obvious thirsts and, stretching over the locals, we got our local pints of ale.... More

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Codsall, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I am a huge fan of Rebus, so a trip to the Oxford Bar was a must on my recent trip. Talk about being let down! The bar staff are surly, the regulars make it clear they don't want you in their pub and the whole experience - which for a fan of the books that made the pub famous... More

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Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is an original, back street Edinburgh bar with all it's original features in tack. The only food is warm pies from the hot shelf ("What do you think this is, a cafe?"), but the beer is foaming, cool and sinks without a trace. Search it out on an overcast afternoon or damp evening and sink into a forgotten world.

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Bergamo, Italy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I don't know if we were lucky or not but did really enjoy this pub even if we were the only people not from UK . Got there at 7 pm , found a place near the fire, a perfect G & T, the locals in the room didn't mind two elderly ladies fans of Rankin/Rebus : I'll go back... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The pub was made famous by Rankin so we decided it was worth a visit. We happened to pass as the owner was opening and we were the only customers as it was early. Nice chat with the owner/bartender who gave us tips on local events and directions to the building around the corner that was Sir Walter Scott's residence... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Was looking forward to this. Was pleased to find a seat. Then waited at the bar.....and waited.....locals lined the bar, and each time a glass was empty, passed it over for immediate refill. One woman serving. Slowly. Only one real ale on (the Deuchars IPA was off). So if you're a visitor, as we were, have a look in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

The oxford bar is the size of a postage stamp, it is a pub that is 10xs it's size in character. If your looking for a tourist pub forget it but if you don't mind a bit of rubbing elbows with the locals and having a bit of banter it's off the scale. As a Rankin/Rebus fan it's got to... More

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