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#58 of 295 Bar in Edinburgh
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a few times now when I’ve been in Edinburgh. Firstly, it got to be said that the beer range and quality are second to none. That’s the only positive unfortunately. A couple of the staff are very good. However from recent experiences, most are...miserable and would much rather be propping up the end of the bar on their phones rather than serving or clearing tables. There was a guy ‘working’ there on Friday afternoon that was the worst I’ve seen so far, he really didn’t want to be there at all. The food on Friday was dreadful, easily the worst burger I’ve ever had the misfortune to eat. It was stone cold and tasted of nothing at all, and that’s their ‘signature’. It’s certainly not something I’d want to be putting my signature on, absolutely terrible. Just a note regarding the state of the place. The smoking area outside is disgraceful, an absolute embarrassment. I’d doesn’t look like it it has been cleaned for about a year. The toilets are horrible, two urinals blocked and the hand dryer was broken. The small area that I believe is the brewery look like a junk store, if that’s where their own beer comes from I’m glad I didn’t try it.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed October 27, 2023 via mobile

A cool dark atmosphere with a wide selection of beers and tasty, yet simple food. Kids were welcome and enjoyed the hotdogs.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 12, 2023

A brilliant beer bar in Edinburgh. Loved the selection of beers and the food was decent too. Will be back.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 20, 2023 via mobile

The Hanging Bat has a great selection of beer and whisky, and they make great cocktails. Bar was well themed. The food was delicious and had a good vegetarian selection.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 19, 2023 via mobile

The first time in a year since I could get here and as always great beers, helpful, friendly staff. Never disappoints coming here

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 18, 2023 via mobile

Had the misfortune of visiting this place, ordered a beer, paid the man what was a slightly above average price for a pint and recieved a HALF, avoid at ALL costs, rip off merchants preying on the unwary, was only after ordering saw the signs...saying no pints, pure con artistry, should be shut downMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 29, 2023 via mobile

Friendly service, superb food! I think of myself as a bit of a fish and chips connoisseur, and this was in my top 3 F&b ever. My partner and I both agree also that the chips themselves were first class, none of your skinny fry...McDonald’s nonsense - these were proper skin on, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and hot all the way to the bottom of the tub. I’m never fussed about peas with F&c anyway so it was a bonus they didn’t come with any. Very reasonably priced for these days and absolutely delicious. Great selection of non alcoholic beer and service with a smile at the bar. Love the decor as well, true to the name there are upside down bats on the beer taps.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 5, 2023 via mobile

Fairly average. Staff not very attentive nor friendly. Rather serve the young ones first even though we're front of the queue. Food was passable, would never visit again.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 28, 2023 via mobile

Great selection of Real Ales. Brilliant atmosphere and the staff know there stuff. One of these days I must try the food as it looks and smells lovely.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 27, 2023 via mobile

Went in the Hanging Bat, mainly because of the name. All craft beers with most all being high alcohol. 6% to over 11%. You do get shorter pours because of that fact. They were very willing to give taste at the bar before you ordered....We had great service and they were helpful on answer questions about a beer. If you are into beer, this place is definitely worth checking out.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 22, 2023 via mobile

The Hanging Bat is still a favourite of mine, outside of the 'branded' craft beer establishments. The ever changing tap list, the wide selection to cater for all tastes and the fridge full of more things to try. Getting a table/seat is never easy on...a Saturday night, but we managed it and enjoyed a couple of beers each if their list. It had been too long since my last visit, and I'll make sure it's not as long for my next one.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed May 21, 2023

Tourist beware……bad service from the get go!!!!!!!! Our first and last trip to the hanging bat. Upon entry, when asked if we could find a table anywhere, I felt as though I was interrupting the fello who was update the menu chalk board, when asked...if we could sit anywhere. He didn’t make us feel welcome. First bad experience. Second, when we went to the bar to order, asked for Pepsi/Coke and beer, we were referred to the menu with no help or explanation of the beers or soda. The employee appeared to be completely uninterested in our business/custom. We ordered food, it arrived from a pleasant individual and the food was good. The toilets were disgusting , urine all over the seats in the ladies stalls. We were left feeling that the establishment was not friendly, accommodating and why………perhaps because we are tourists!!!! Can’t think of another explanation.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 6, 2023

We loved the cool aesthetic and vibe of the hanging bat. It was a really cool little find. We enjoyed a couple of delicious lunches, we particularly enjoyed the loaded fries. We also had a few drinks there too which were really nice. We visited...3 times on our 5 day trip so we'll worth a look :)More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 8, 2023 via mobile

Great beer range, sadly some of the staff are rather unenthusiastic. Called in early on a Friday evening, on my lonesome as I was working away. The bar was very busy and most of the staff were keeping on top of the situation. Sadly I...was served twice by a rather sullen looking, unenthusiastic guy in a wooly hat (really, indoors behind a bar?), as the other staff were busy. Both times he was plotted up at the end of the bar on his phone. Both times he didn’t speak or try to engage. Both times he didn’t listen to what I politely asked for and I had to repeat myself. Both times he didn’t do anything else other than wave the card machine at me no tap on the top with his finger as to where I should put my card. Really, really rude. I’m not in a rush to return.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 4, 2023 via mobile

Great selection of beets and friendly staff. The bar snack/lunch menu was very good too. I enjoyed the Haggis fries a lot. It's in a part of town I'm likely to be staying in again so I will definitely return.

Date of visit: February 2023
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