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Oxford Bar

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Address: 8 Young Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JB, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 539 7119
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am

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Great little bar

A quaint little bar with a locals feel. But no funny looks when I walked in - was greeted by a friendly bar person and a place made for me at the bar. It's quite small but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A quaint little bar with a locals feel. But no funny looks when I walked in - was greeted by a friendly bar person and a place made for me at the bar. It's quite small but atmospheric. And a great selection of ales.

Thank swedensm
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This pub never chances (thank goodness) The Oscian beer was superb. Their rugby shirts are amazing quality and worth the money Bitter & Twisted on the bar which is a well-known Scottish brew and Caledonian Deuchars too It's basic no food but you can't fault the ale. Carefully looked after

Thank Paulineripom
Jonkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This a real good old Scottish pub! Lot of locals, a good pint and cosy place to sit down if you find a place. It said that Ian Rankin wrote his books about Inspector Rebus.

Thank Trevligt
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

CAMRA listed pub with good but small range of real ales. I found bar staff and other customers welcoming although we mainly talked beer and football rather than Rankin. Small compact bar on entry with a lounge up stairs which we didn't use. Can see why locals come here for a pint or two of real ale (I had an... More 

Thank eddie51
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

I came here primarily because it is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and secondly because of the Rebus connection. 4 well kept Scottish real ales and a quiet basic side room. The telly was put on for the footie (with the sound down). Friendly bar staff.

Thank BrightonShredhead
Beckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I come here whenever I'm in Edinburgh and this is a real gem. Totally unspoilt, a real traditional Scottish bar. It's got a really nice relaxing atmosphere and is a great place to spend an hour or 2 and of course it's the pub John Rebus drinks in ! Well worth a visit.

Thank robmac1957
Noosa Heads
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It is small and tucked away among other buildings in Young Street, this tiny little pub was the 'watering hole' of Rebus and its size and location makes it evident why it was selected for Rebus character. It was closed in the early morning but one can anticipate how it looks internally. Right at the rear of the building was... More 

Thank Oldjack
Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Following the rebus trail just had to go to the ox, very welcoming, will definitely visit again next time in Edinburgh

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Just called in for a quick one, after all you cannot visit Edinburgh without doing so and stayed for a couple of hours and had some great craic with some locals ~ one of the best afternoons for a long while. The bar itself is very small, although there is a larger back room, and shabby and unpretentious ~ if... More 

Thank Jjohn E
Inverness, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Being a Rebus fan, I felt I had to make the pilgrimage. Hmm, well, its underwhelming really. A couple of Rebus/Rankin pics on the wall will appease the fans I guess. But its not worth being ranked 20th for night life on here. Its just a tiny, tired old bar without anything to recommend it. Beer selection nor quality not... More 

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Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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