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#51 of 309 Bar in Edinburgh
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We are not a restaurant. Despite repeated requests Trip Advisor have steadfastly refused to change the status of our bar from Restaurant to Bar.
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed October 9, 2020

Came here for some drinks and some food. Nice food and atmosphere. Staff helpful and friendly. Loads of different beers to pick from too. Thank you

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 26, 2020

Very nice place, a huge selection of good beers and liqueurs, food was fantastic, I've never eaten better Chili Con Carne in Edinburgh, Vegan and Veggie options also available to order. Unfortunately, service is a bit slow I have to wait 30mins to place my...order. COVID safety standards in place. Definitely come back in future.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 25, 2020 via mobile

Maybe a result of the new closing times that have been put in place but the service for drinks seemed to be a shambles. Sat at 20:00 and took until 20:47 that we were served drinks then given last orders at 21:22. Could have done...just being there an hour with the amount of drinking we managed to get done. Was disappointed as I had a extremely good night there on Monday from different staff, shame to see it perform badly on a Friday.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 19, 2020

Great selection of beers, great staff and facilities however we booked a table due to covid and when the time was up we were asked to leave despite there being a number of tables free and no one waiting to come into the pub when...we left! Feels very counterproductive to turn away paying custom before booked customers arrive incase they are a no show!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 9, 2020 via mobile

Nice bar, great selection of beers with quirky names, highly recommend. Will definitely be back for more great beer!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 4, 2020

This was our first visit to a bar since pre covid times and The Hanging Bat are obviously taking the new measures seriously with temperatures taken at the door, table service and masks to be worn when not sitting at your table. It was refreshing...to see this being enforced as well. The drinks were great and there were some really interesting beers available. Staff were helpful and friendly, a great experience!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 23, 2020

It was a shame that the Hanging Bat wasn’t able to open when other bars could but now that they are, it was nice to be back. I’m not sure if, for some reason, they had to jump through more hoops than other places..... I’ve...only been to two other craft beer bars since places reopened and the Hanging Bat is the only one where customer temperatures are measured upon arrival. Not a big deal to us but a bit pointless if readings aren’t accurate. Just extra expense for the bar. I think there was meant to be a one way system when going in and out of the bar to help with physical distancing but I may just be imagining that as people didn’t really follow it. Our visit was in the afternoon and the bar was quiet with a really nice atmosphere, and it was so nice to go back to no music! Things changed in this bar a lot over the years, one being the introduction of music, which was often too loud or just caused pain to the ears. It became grungy (not hipster) and lost the atmosphere of a proper craft beer bar. However, it’s good that the nicer atmosphere has returned. The bar itself didn’t look much different except for a few new tables and no merchandise on the walls. The toilets were cleaner than before but that was probably due to less people using them. The Hanging Bat have had a high turnover of staff in the last 5-7 years, not sure what changed, but the two staff on that afternoon were really nice and the chat was more like what it used to be many years ago, which was great. Customers are told they’re meant to wear their face mask when going to the toilet but it’s often forgotten so maybe more signs are needed as I believe the place is a lot busier at night when suddenly everyone has some respiratory condition that prevents them from wearing a face mask. The beer selection was quite good, a couple of nice strong IPAs. The pricing is more confusing that before as everything is priced for a schooner even if you can only get certain beers as a third. Just something to get used to though. Might put some folk off if they think it’s really expensive going by the schooner price. We didn’t have food this time. Not even sure if the kitchen was open. I miss the homemade pork scratching. It was nice to go back and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 20, 2020

We go to the hanging bat last night, on the entrance we've got welcomed by our host, he was so nice and take us to our table. We ordered some food and drinks, (mac and. Cheese, Ribs) food is phenomenal here, price adequate to the...portions, Our host help us to choose our drinks as well. The place is also very safe, on the entrance they doing temperature check and giving free face masks, all staff members wearing masks as well. Definitely, we will come back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 19, 2020 via mobile

Primarily a beer bar, but wines and liqueurs also available if you’re not a beer drinker. Staff were friendly, food was decent.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

We went here for food and a good beer. In our option the beer wasn't very tasty we tried a few cask and keg but none were anything special. We had food and the portions were HUGE we wish we had known not to order...as much. We wouldn't come back for the beer and the food was big portions but very average.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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I am just a visitor to the place so I am not sure. I will try to ring them this afternoon to find out
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