The Hanging Bat

The Hanging Bat

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Hours
Sun
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Mon
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tue
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wed
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thu
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Fri
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sat
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
We are not a restaurant.
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles594 reviews
Excellent
300
Very good
184
Average
46
Poor
36
Terrible
28
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

AndreaB
Edinburgh1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
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.
Written August 20, 2020
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MissusHonesty
Edinburgh25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
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.
Written August 23, 2020
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Lorraine McCloskey
Coleraine214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 couples
I bought a Groupon voucher for £14 for 3 small sharing plates costing "normally £29"..when the menu came it was 3 dishes for £15..not the same selection as on Groupon deal. So you are basically saving £1..the place could be cleaner..zoom in on my 1st two pics..but the 3 sharing dishes were quite good..went for poached egg with avocado..chicken wings..and cajun chips..very limited menu and disappointed that we didn't see the £29 normal menu.
Written July 14, 2021
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sassystoth
Preston110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 couples
We recently visited Edinburgh for our anniversary. My husband had researched craft beer bars and booked us in to the hanging bat. The weather wasn’t on our side as it rained and hailstones but we managed to get a great table at the rear of the bar near a heater which was great. The beers we had were lovely. We visited a few times and also had some snacks which were delicious especially the kofta’s and the buffalo wings. We were served each time by a charming g young man who I think was called Jack who was so friendly and attentive. Would definitely go back next time we’re in Edinburgh.
Written May 17, 2021
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ElCl
Scotland5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 friends
I visited this bar a few years ago and loved it and was keen to show it to others. However this visit was very different to the first. We were shown to a table in an overcrowded part of the bar, definitely not spaced out enough and the QR code menu didn’t work and was extremely slow. The girl serving us was very friendly and attentive, which was the only nice part of the visit. The toilets were absolutely disgusting to the point where I’d class them as unusable. Also, glass given to pour a can of beer into was dirty so we left to find somewhere nicer to drink. Unfortunate after the first visit was so enjoyable and I was excited to return
Written July 18, 2021
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Louis N
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 couples
Me and my partner came here for some food and drinks, we was greeted by the staff in a very friendly welcoming way. The drinks selection is amazing, I was stuck for choice so the bartender helped me choose something that I might like after asking me some questions about was sort of beer/IPA I enjoy. I had the beer burger and it was absolutely amazing one of the best burgers I've had. The halloumi fries and wings were very tasty aswell, my partner had the ribs and they just fell apart the meat was Tenter, juicy and very very tasty. A nice selection of cocktails that were really nice too! If your in Edinburgh give this place a visit you WILL NOT be disappointed.
Written January 25, 2023
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Leanne A
Sunderland465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
We called in here on our way back to our hotel after attending a concert at usher hall. Wow 🤩 one of my favourite bars I’ve been in and I’ve visited a few. Decor is amazing 😉. Drinks are expensive there is a huge choice of real ales beer is brewed on the premises. We had bottles of fruit cider very nice. Friendly bar staff unusual toilets I’m hoping it was pretend cobwebs on the ceiling 🤷‍♀️ bar was absolutely jam packed when we visited defiantly call again.
Written January 22, 2020
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GGA
Oundle7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 family
Found this place on Groupon and WOW, lovely atmosphere and the gentleman we spoken to was very nice and accommodating, I believe is was the manager. The food was amazing. We order the nachos and pulled chip which was Loaded with chilli cheese chips and pulled pork nachos, the best I’ve ever had, no nacho was without filling at The Hanging Bat. The beer was also good there, I recommend you try the cross border heavy, number 3 on there notice board :-).
Written August 24, 2021
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Pam E
Livingston15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 couples
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.
Written July 29, 2023
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Satyam Narine
Coventry41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 friends
Atmosphere of the place is nice for a Friday night dinner. The ribs were fresh but not fall off the bone tender, pulled pork fries and onion rings were good. Great value for money. Good selection of drinks.
Written September 3, 2021
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GLASGOWTRAVELLER_8
Glasgow323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 solo
I like craft beer so paid this place a visit and really liked it. Great choice of beer on tap with bottles and cans available too. The draft was sensibly priced not sure about can prices. They were out of my first choice food but I then chose the ribs and fries. Excellent! I will go back some day.
Written March 1, 2020
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Jose M
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 couples
The hanging bat is a nice small Craft beer venue with food, Food was fresh and tasty. Hot Dog and Nachos we ordered taste amazing. unfortunately, staff members have very poor knowledge about the products they sell. You can't get any clear answers.
Written December 5, 2021
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Rangersfcno1
Uddingston18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 couples
We had booked a cocktail bar close by and were a bit early so popped into the hanging bat for a couple of drinks, we noticed pretty quickly the place was dirty and could have done with a deep clean. Even the mirrors on the wall you were disgusting! Even the gents toilets had no toilet paper in either cubicle and the hand dryer was not working. Seemed to be plenty of staff for 3.30pm on a Thursday afternoon but when one is sitting down behind the bar you know staff don’t really care. Most tables dirty, floors dirty, toilets disgusting. This place is selling food so this should not be the hygiene standards I’m afraid.
Written January 7, 2023
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Ian_C96
64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 friends
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.
Written April 1, 2024
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Draculas_Bride666
Rothwell710 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 friends
So I will start by saying the choice of beer and bar staff are both fantastic. I brought my wedding party here for food the night before the wedding. After having food here in June I told them all food was fantastic but the standard has gone down drastically. We got some wings to share and the sauces were just not as good as previous and they were very dry. All the guests said the food was okay but not great. It's a shame because the venue is amazing.
Written November 21, 2021
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