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Cloisters Bar

$$ - $$$, British,
26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“burgers” (10 reviews)
“real ale” (12 reviews)
“great beer” (8 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH, Scotland
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Superb choice and quality of real ales, many local to Scotland Burgers, with homemade colewslaw and chunky chips are excellent Good staff, and plent of seating araeas

Thank Bills_Tours
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Should have everything this bar. Great beer and atmospheric when busy. But sadly poor and unhelpful service. I asked around because it seemed surprising and it would appear to be the case. Sad really.

1  Thank Davie_T_Edinburgh
Reviewed May 14, 2017

We went in on a rugby weekend, there was a real buzz, but the staff were still super friendly, with a great selection of beers, we order burgers and they were excellent (and just a little bit different) mine was pork with black pudding.... wow.

Thank Nick B
Reviewed May 12, 2017 via mobile

Great place, great selection of ales, great service taste before you buy and superb burgers..... Thoroughly recommend.... Doubt there's a better pub in Edinburgh for real ale selection

Thank PathheadHibby
Reviewed April 23, 2017

Located in what was once the All Saints Parsonage, the Cloisters simply screams ambience - though, I would not scream within the walls of any cloister. It is warm and comfy; there is a fireplace, stone walls and a well-worn wooden floor. Upon entry, you...More

Thank NeedPivo
Reviewed April 13, 2017

Cloisters is one of my fav bars in Edinburgh. It is always bustling and cosy and has a fantastic selection of real ales and beers as well as cider and wine too. It also does food too.

Thank KFreeland
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Timeout called it: "A beery, ecclesiastical oasis for more than two decades" I tried the local IPA from Stewart Brewing of Loanhead, just outside Edinburgh. But for me I want music, live or not, and not that much light. Full bar on a wednesday.

Thank Thor-Erik G
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

Having followed Cloisters on Twitter, I had seen the previous day's ale board and saw a vast array of beers on tap, keg and cask. A veritable real ale lovers idea of heaven makes Cloisters bar pretty apt as it had been part of the...More

Thank Rob D
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

What more can I say, if you're into the game Ingress this pub has more players per sq ft than I've ever seen!! A few of them can handle their mead too, so watch out!

1  Thank Edward C
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

A lovely warm pub on a horrible wet evening. A proper fire and plenty of comfortable seating. Decent selection of drinks at reasonable prices. A local was accompanied by two well behaved Dalmatians. Just a nice old fashioned welcoming space.

1  Thank Isabel W
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$8 - $16
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub
Lunch, 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 EH3 9JH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 221 9997
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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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