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Cloisters Bar

#580 of 1,944 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Southside & Holyrood
British, Pub, Seafood, Vegetarian, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Seating
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Description: Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 10 keg beers and large Malt...
Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 10 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday
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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very friendly

I have been visiting Edinburgh for several years and can't believe I only found this place recently. It's got a good and interesting selection of beers, served in an unusual building. Both staff and customers were exceptionally friendly. Will be returning often!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Mark B
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been visiting Edinburgh for several years and can't believe I only found this place recently. It's got a good and interesting selection of beers, served in an unusual building. Both staff and customers were exceptionally friendly. Will be returning often!

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Thank Mark B
Wigan, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

2nd time here and won't be the last! The quality and selection of real ales is magnificent. Staff very knowledgable about the beers which makes a pleasant change. Relaxed and comfortable surroundings too. Only 10 mins from city centre but definitely worth it. This is now my favourite pub in Edinburgh. Will be back again next time we visit this... More 

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Thank Haydn J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Now been into this bar a few times on my visits up to Edinburgh and each time it has been an excellent choice. Not only is it located in a great building but it stocks a great range of drinks including some fine real ales from all over the UK. The staff are really friendly and welcome dogs. Every time... More 

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Thank Alfred C
Edinburgh
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Cloisters is a converted parsonage which, to be honest, doesn't have the best layout for a pub. Some areas are cramped and become impossible to navigate when the pub fills up. However, the range of beers is excellent, including a number of rarities I'd not found elsewhere, and they are generally very well served. Unfortunately some of the (male) bar... More 

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Thank Ray_Edinburgh
Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Glad i found this pub, good selection of real ales with good staff knowledge of the ale they are selling. Notice board with Beer, provider, tasting notes, ABV and price, and if you want a taster you can have one. Also had a burger there and relly enjoyed it!

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Thank Eddie P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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342 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Stopped here today for the first time in a few months, and it is always a little haven in the city centre. Great selection of beers on offer, and the choice of food is above your average pub fare (although standard for many places in Edinburgh). Bar staff are able and willing to advise on the choice of beers, plus... More 

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Thank roos1ter
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

As other reviewers have mentioned, certain 'more established' staff feel that they have the right to give 0 out of 10 for customer service. Yes it is a nice bar, yes it has a nice selection of beer and yes it could do with more seating. However, on this occasion enough was enough with your socially incompetent bar tenders and... More 

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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

If you enjoy a real ale then this is a pub that should be high on your list. They had at least a dozen hand pump ales available when we visited. The pub is busy in a nice way, a good buzz. We ate as well as drank and the food is also terrific. Nothing too fancy, but delivered exceptionally.... More 

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Thank Tonylinford
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

After checking into our hotel, we went in search of fish and chips at Vallettas. They were closed so I checked tripadvisor and found Cloisters just down the street. No fish and chips, but they did have burgers and a good variety of beer. They also allow kids until 7pm (we heard kids allowed in pubs was hard to find)... More 

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Thank Patricia D
Huddersfield
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

If you are up this end of the city then cloisters is well worth a visit. A really great bar with a good selection of real ales and also a fantastic gin collection for you gin tickers. Barmen are very friendly and helpful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 221 9997

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 18
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Seafood, Vegetarian, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 10 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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