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Cloisters Bar

#484 of 1,854 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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
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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  • 5
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  • 1
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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
A handsome pub

A handsome pub with a huge range of beer and ales, great atmosphere that attracts a friendly good humoured crowd. Definitely worth a visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A handsome pub with a huge range of beer and ales, great atmosphere that attracts a friendly good humoured crowd. Definitely worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I wish i had discovered the place earlier. I have always been on a look out for a place like this in edinburgh and so glad to have found it finally! great collection of beer with really helpful and patient staff! they make sure you get the beer you really like ! the place didnt have any music which could... More 

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Llanrwst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My favourite pub in Edinburgh. Loverly building with a great atmosphere. The best feature, however, is the fantastic range of cask conditioned ales. The staff are friendly and know their stuff.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

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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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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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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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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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: Seafood, British, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

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
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.
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