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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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A Real Pub

A pub like they used to be in the good old days. No tat or gimmicks, just cozy, good beer and friendly folk. Inspector Rebus wisnae in the day I was there mind.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A pub like they used to be in the good old days. No tat or gimmicks, just cozy, good beer and friendly folk. Inspector Rebus wisnae in the day I was there mind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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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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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 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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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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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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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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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.