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Cloisters Bar

#548 of 1,794 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Southside & Holyrood
Seafood, British, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Description: Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 8 keg beers and large Malt...
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: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday
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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
Nice place for a quiet pint

Visited here with friends on a weekend trip to Edinburgh. The pub plays no music, which was a nice change for someone from Ireland, where every pub plays music or sport all the time. The beer selection is really good, with great cask ales and a selection that has something for everyone. Was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent range of beers and not overpriced . Friendly staff . Excellent quality and unusual range of burgers . Would make a great local

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Visited here with friends on a weekend trip to Edinburgh. The pub plays no music, which was a nice change for someone from Ireland, where every pub plays music or sport all the time. The beer selection is really good, with great cask ales and a selection that has something for everyone. Was a little quiet when we visited during... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I was told by one of the bar staff that I must try one of the food specials - beef cheek and ox tail stew. Being recommended this by a vegetarian guy did amuse me a little, but I was assured that it looked amazing, so I went for it. A small pot (all very... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

I like this pub - they do a good range of beer and atmosphere always lively. Decided to try the food after seeing them listed in a pub grub top ten and was very disappointed. Two chicken burgers arrived cremated - served black! Tasted awful and sent it back. Got refund etc but how food in that state was allowed... More 

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Good range of beers and friendly staff. Cloisters is certainly one of the best pubs i have visited. Great atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is our kind of pub! No TVs and a nice local crowd. Great selection of beers, ciders and whiskies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Not really a restaurant, more an unpretentious traditional pub. I've not tried their food, but without doubt one of the top - if not THE top - real ale pubs in the city. Wide range of beers on tap from cider to real ale to porter and all served at the correct temperature! A pet hate of mine is good... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Excellent pub with an excellent range of real ales which change on a weekly basis. Good selection of wines. I'm not sure why this web site has it has a restaurant, it does bar food but it's a pub that sells food not a restaurant that sells beer.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I often visit this wonderful pub when I'm in this area, I have a friend who lives quite close to the pub and he and I have spent many happy hours sampling some of the great range of cask conditioned beers on sale. I must point out that this is one of the few pubs that serve their ale at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Went their for the first time the other day because I heard they had Pilot Breweries Ultravilot on cask and had to try it, so glad I did it was lovely. Nice place with no music , didn't see a TV either ...so what....good selection of Beers/Ales on tap and bottle, the food looked good as well.

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Address: 26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 221 9997
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
Average Prices: USD 9 - 19
Cuisine: Seafood, British, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

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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 - 19
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

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: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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.