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Greyfriars Bobby Bar

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30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 225 8328
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: You will find Greyfriars Bobby's Bar in Candlemaker Row Edinburgh within a...
You will find Greyfriars Bobby's Bar in Candlemaker Row Edinburgh within a short stroll of Chambers Street, Grassmarket and George IV Bridge - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great local pub

We spent a few nights in this pub and it has a wonderful atmosphere and ambience. The drinks and food was great and lots of variety and the quality was wonderful

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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San Diego, California
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  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We spent a few nights in this pub and it has a wonderful atmosphere and ambience. The drinks and food was great and lots of variety and the quality was wonderful

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very busy during festival, 5 min wait for table at 3pm in the afternoon was ok. Staff obviously working themselves ragged! Well done guys. Sat at a window seat and had lunch, chicken with giant couscous for me, and the other meals were good enough as well. The setting "old worlde" and it pulls it of nicely. Wash your hands... More 

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Okay so it's super touristy but it serves drinks and for Edinburgh it's not mega expensive. Staff seemed friendly enough and the drink was fine.

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Fantastic warm atmosphere to relax in and soak up the history of Edinburgh. We did not eat here due to time but would have liked to.

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Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Greyfriars Bobby is a beautiful pub. We entered it very hopefully to have a delicious meal. However, the food was not very good. It was overcooked and not very tasty.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

You visited twice during a weekend stay for both drinks and food. It is a very nice place in a good location. The food was lovely and the waitress with the shoulder length dark brown/black hair was extremely friendly & professional. The drinks were very expensive though, £4.80 for a pint of Stella beer.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Located across from the statue of Bobby, this pub serves excellent food in a cozy atmosphere - highly recommended. And the story of Bobby will bring a tear to your eye, even if you don't have a devoted pet of your own.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Great pub with good atmosphere, busy because of the festival but staff friendly and accommodating. Particularly Katie above and beyond for customer service :-)

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Proper pub grub in big portions. Good wine list. Friendly service. Well worth fighting through the tourists to visit and have lunch

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Farmington, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Stopped in for a couple of pints while out walking in Edinburgh. Friendly place, good atmosphere. You must get a picture touching the statue's nose!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 225 8328

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 18
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

You will find Greyfriars Bobby's Bar in Candlemaker Row Edinburgh within a short stroll of Chambers Street, Grassmarket and George IV Bridge - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.
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