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Cloisters Bar

#681 of 1,769 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Southside & Holyrood
Bar, Pub, Scottish, Seafood, British, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We have visited this on most visits to Edinburgh, most probably at weekends. We have never found it over busy at the times we have visited. Not plush decor but very relaxing. The sort of place you could sit on your own and let the world go by. We have never eaten here but the small menu looks good. Everytime... More 

Thank MIW46
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Arrived at 12 pm on a Saturday afternoon, and got the opportunity to enjoy this very individual looking pub in all its un-populated glory...but not for very long, as it appears to be very appealing to a lot of like minded souls. Lots of different beers on offer, and once we got around to food, that was very good too.... More 

Thank IanHart00
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

As it happened, this was the second pub we visited on this particular evening. Both were in the same area, catering to a similar clientele, not dissimilar in decor - but this was was so much more preferable. No loud music for a start. Rather more interesting beers on tap. Just a better ambience. Somewhere you'd want to come back... More 

Thank firenze02
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Wonderful place to bring your dog and your book/newspaper on a sunny day and just relax with a pint. No fuss, simple British pub with really good beers. The chips are really good, too, but be careful ordering a big portion – they mean it when they say “big”.

Thank FoodieMEdinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Entered, took in the funky off putting aroma and walked straight back out again, never to return. Very run down in appearance and has a studenty feel.

Thank MRT1965
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

The creators of Sweet Melinds now run the kitchen here and it's great! They have an extensive burger menu but also lots of tasty sides such as crispy squid. I opted for the moules frites-the mussels were plump and tasty and a good accompaniment to some fine beer.

Thank mjcharkow
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

I'd start by adding the caveat that this will be loaded with bias as Cloisters is one of my favourite pubs in Edinburgh (a straight three way tie between here, The Blue Blazer and The Brass Monkey). Beer: an excellent selection, constantly rotating Atmosphere: wonderful. No music, no TV, no one armed bandits- just good, honest chat with a range... More 

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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

We very rarely go out. And when we do we look for little jems like this Its not a fancy chain. Its a renovaited old church Old wooden flooring. Old church pews for seating No tv no music. Just old fashioned use your mouth to talk Its small and gets warm when it gets busy Fantastic range of Real Ale... More 

Thank chefyego
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Cloisters is a nice little pub. While the interior looks nice and quite cozy, the fact that it's small often makes it difficult to find a table, especially in the evening. The selection of drinks is ok. The food is ok - I had a burger and it was decent, but far from excellent.

Thank TheHappyholic
Bridge Of Earn, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Went here for a drink last night and the smell inside wasn't good. It was stale and unpleasant. At least the floor seems to have been cleaned as you used to stick to it.

Thank Graeme K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $16
Bar, Pub, Scottish, Seafood, British, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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
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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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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