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Oxford Bar

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Address: 8 Young Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JB, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 539 7119
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am

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Proper bar with Camra heritage interior

We called in mid-afternoon for a quiet pint and look at the heritage interior. The Rebus connection was incidental. My sort of bar. Small, no frills is the very apt guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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English first
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214 reviews 214 reviews
68 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We called in mid-afternoon for a quiet pint and look at the heritage interior. The Rebus connection was incidental. My sort of bar. Small, no frills is the very apt guide description. To the left of the door is a bar with no seats or tables, just a couple of window seats. To the right is a small room which... More 

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north east scotland
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141 attraction reviews
355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Small traditional no frills bar in the west end of Edinburgh - home to John Rebus in the novels of Ian Rankin . There are a few photographs of Ian on the wall but little else to make it different from many other bars in the city.

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Providence
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

OK, so this was my favorite experience during our trip to Edinburgh. My wife and I wandered in here off the street looking for a pint, and spent the afternoon drinking beer and watching rugby (England vs. Scotland, no less, which unfortunately ended badly). The place was fairly crowded with locals who were all really friendly, even to American tourists... More 

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

As a member of CAMRA for many years I can't remember a worse experience. Visited the pub with my brother on the 25th February at lunch time. My brother was into Rebus/Real ale and was keen to visit. The pub was quiet-only two elderly gentlemen chatting at the bar. My brother tried to make small talk with the barmaid(daughter of... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

A great little pub and very friendly. Visited due to my interest in the Ian Rankin Rebus novels. A must for Rebus fans.

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Scotland
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5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Visited the Oxford Bar out of curiosity and was surprised to find it so normal. Very old and lived in looking but very comfortable and friendly. A few obvious regulars in who were welcoming despite the fact they must get tired of tourists wandering in to their local.Barmaid pleasant and friendly and the malt cheaper than my own local. 'Fame'... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Been going to this place for years, great for a night out or just a quiet pint and read of the paper. Great cask ales available too. Nice to have an authentic pub still about and not just another chain

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Bath, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
7 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

As a previous reviewer noted, this pub has not at all suffered from its "fame". I came here on Saturday morning, locals in the bar area were very friendly and welcoming, as also was the girl serving. Came back early evening and there was nice buzz about the place. The beer was in excellent condition too.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Being a great Rankin fan I could not come to Edinburgh and miss this pub as it is mentioned in many of his rebus books understated to say the least but full of characters and a glorious roaring coal fire after the blizzards today just what was needed and the drink of course

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Prudhoe, Northumberland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I expected this to have been turned into a replibar by someone cashing in on Rankins Edinburgh. Time yet I suppose so I'm glad it's just an ordinary Bar with good beer and a bar man who once we walked in stoked up the fire in the back room. No chat other than a hello and thanks when we left... More 

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