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Cloisters Bar

#524 of 1,816 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good beers

great selection of beers but the place is small and the atmosphere ruined by screeching middle age women.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Food is in the 8-12 pound range. Burgers and traditional Scottish and seafood fare. Food was ok, but not great. Order at bar. If you are a tourist and looking for a local joint- this is more local and locals then the castle area, but only a short walk away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We have been visiting this pub on a regular basis over a number of years. We have always found the staff friendly and knowledgable. The bar is stocked with a good selection of other spirits as well as the Malt Whiskies and an ever changing selection of real ales from around the U.K. Well a visit.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Was living round the corner during a recent visit to Edinburgh. A fantastic range of real ale and good service.

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edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

great selection of beers but the place is small and the atmosphere ruined by screeching middle age women.

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Watertown, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I'm amazed to see The Cloisters praised both as a great place for "a quiet pint" and for its food. I was there on June 19 or thereabouts, and the noise nearly knocked me into the street. True, it doesn't pipe in the soundtrack to "Braveheart" or any of that; instead, there's triple occupancy hovering over the taken seats, waiting... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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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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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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  • 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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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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