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Cloisters Bar

26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
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Ranked #685 of 1,858 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $10 - $19
Cuisines: Tapas, Vegetarian, British, Fish & Chips
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 8 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served Wednesday - Saturday. Evening tapas menu Tuesday - Saturday. Sunday brunch including full Scottish breakfast every Sunday.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 8 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served Wednesday - Saturday. Evening tapas menu Tuesday - Saturday. Sunday brunch including full Scottish breakfast every Sunday.
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English first
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Really good choice of beers and attentive and friendly barman. Try one of the black metal beers, they are delicious! Unfortunately they were between chefs so we didn't get to try the food.

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I come here every time I visit Edinburgh, and the jovial atmosphere, the almost-forced table-sharing and the excellent variety of beer, ales and whisky will keep me coming back. The food is above average for a pub, although they don't serve every night (I think they don't serve food on Mondays).

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It used to be good but they don't clean the tubes where the beer comes from. Taste terrible. Definitely requires new owners. this was a while ago but totally put me off. Won't go back again.

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B R, Manager at Cloisters Bar, responded to this review

Can I first start by saying that I never respond to reviews on here or anywhere else as I feel that everybody is entitled to an opinion and forums like this are good for people to air their views. I didn't even respond to the gentleman who gave us 1 star for being closed for a refurbishment! However I feel... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I love this bar as you never know what beer it is going to be serving. One day they can have a beer that tastes of coffee along with their well kept hoppy beers. Love it

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bangor
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

very handy to lauriston place premier inn. friendly local and very knowledge staff. 9 rotating real ales in top condition. snacks available.well wort a visit.

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CHESTERFIELD
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128 reviews 128 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

really busy Friday about 6 pm great atmosphere and superb selection of real ales wines whiskies and ciders.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Cloisters is in a convenient location and so its often the meeting point with our friends. It has a fine selection of beers and they are happy to recommend things. It's always packed and its a small space so you are unlikely to get a seat. But they allow dogs, it's a cosy vibe and always an enjoyable experience. Haven't... More

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Dallas, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Cute little bar, but be warned, they don't serve much food late. Anyway, beer is food. Dogs are allowed - so you can tell it really is a nice neighborhood pub

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

reading the previous review who gave one star as the place is closed for Refurb just compelled me to write a review. 1) Cloisters to the Best of my Knowledge doesnt have a Web site, It does however have a Facebook page, and the Refurb is mentioned their. 2) Reviewing a place 1Star thats closed for a Refurb, isnt a... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I am sure the locals know, but as a visitor i was shocked to find the place closed for a refurb, it was one of the the must goto bars when your visiting and lets just say I was very disappointed to find the red door shut and a little sign stating closed for a refurb - not a whisper... More

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