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Bow Bar

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Lotsa choice

A popular tourist bar. Lots of choices for beer and whiskey drinkers. Interior is more traditional... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2019
via mobile
Great Cask beers

A really great place with well-kept cask ales and a great, efficient staff. It was very busy on... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2019
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Small quiet bar with a large selection of whiskey.
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80 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 7667
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to learn more about whisky, the Bow Bar is the place to visit. It is a small place, so don't walk in thinking you are going to get a table on a Friday night, Try 1-3 p.m. for some quiet time to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank armada020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What I want from a pub is a good availability of very good real cask ales and a cheerful atmosphere. This pub has it, although near to the castle!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 71m_rtenh
Reviewed May 30, 2019

The Bow Bar on West Bow between Victoria St and the Grassmarket is a fine little pub. There is a good selection of real ales and bottled beers but this is a real haven for whisky lovers. The choice is huge. The staff are extremely...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Craig P
Reviewed May 14, 2019

I was in this bar for a couple of beers, but what caught my eye was a girl behind the bar helping some tourists to choose whisky to taste. This bar is well known for its range of whiskies and its knowledgeable staff. I watched...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Alextraveller60
Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

A popular tourist bar. Lots of choices for beer and whiskey drinkers. Interior is more traditional bar than trendy hangout. Prices are OK for Edinburgh. Whiskey drinkers are in for a treat. Prices into the hundreds of pounds meant you could need deep pockets. But...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank firut
Reviewed March 26, 2019

A really great place with well-kept cask ales and a great, efficient staff. It was very busy on Saturday night when we visited, but staff dealt with this admirably. There was quite a turnaround of customers, so you could get a seat in time. It...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank headbeeguy
Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

lovely pub between grassmarket and royal mile not only filled with tourists. Big offer of different Whiskys and everything else a pub needs to offer (liquid). Looks traditionally not trendy but that’s the charming in the bow bar

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank karinkay
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Used to be a great bar located on the tourist street leading down to the Grassmarket from George IV Bridge. In my humble opinion, like many pubs in this area, it’s overpriced with not very good service, and populated with a tad few tourists. Just...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rae P
Reviewed December 8, 2018

Paid two lunchtime visits to the Bow Bar on my mini break to Edinburgh. I knew what to expect & thoroughly enjoyed my visits. Choice of 8 -10 hand-pumped real ales/craft beers from which I had the Odyssey Blonde & one of the beers included...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ian K
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Seemed to upset the barman(younger guy with beard)after he misheard my order.Visibly in a huff after this - no please or thank you.Totally unnecessary and uncalled for.Pity,as otherwise a very decent boozer.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Patrick R
October 7, 2015|
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Response from BowBar_Management | Property representative |
Hi Patrick. Not to my knowledge. The Bow Bar has been running since 1987 so I doubt another 'Bow Bar' was on the street.