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0.4 miles from Edinburgh Castle
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went in for a quick pint whilst in Edinburgh for the rugby. Have been meaning to go here for years. As soon as we opened the door we were greeted by the very friendly bar lady who immediately made us feel welcome. Drinks were reasonably...priced and bar was very traditional which I liked. Would definitely visit again for a drink when in town and the bar lady working was a credit to the place.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022 via mobile

Great wee bar away from the madness that is Edinburgh in August. It's like a local in the heart of the city. Great staff. Great prices. Brilliant pub.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022

I've read almost all the Ian Rankin's books, so I may consider myself as a fan. All right, so probably I was the umpteenth Rankin's fan to visit Ox this week, however the bartender's reaction was nothing like that! Cheerful young lady treating you as...the only fan who has ever visited this legendary pub. Of course, I had to have a pint of IPA (like Rebus!) and take some photos of the inside. The drinks were great, at a very reasonable price. So glad that I went there.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022

If you are a fan of Ian Rankin, this is a must do, this pub is well documented in his Rebus series of books. We went on an early afternoon on a Sunday. Very friendly staff and other patrons, traditional old drinking bar.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 11, 2022 via mobile

So this is what pubs used to be like back in the day seats and a table a bar and a barmaid, if you want to try this to full effect do NOT take your smart phone, just sit there sip your and stare at...the art on the wall, after 5 minutes you will realize that the art is not that good and dam you left your phone at home, thankfully my wife turned up so I could stop looking at the art, quirky pub for sure.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 22, 2021 via mobile

Quiet little pub with friendly bar staff, excellent Deuchars IPA and a lovely fire in the back room. No nonsense. Perfect.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 6, 2021 via mobile

I’ve been in this pub a few times before and always had decent service and a good experience. Clearly I’d never been served by the lady who owns the pub! Tables weren’t cleared of glasses, despite it not being too busy and when we brought...our glasses back to the bar, they just sat there like a barrier. The service from the staff after the landlady left was great but she was rude, defensive, cold, disinterested and obviously would have been delighted to only have to serve her equally rude and crusty regulars propping up the bar. We spoke to a few other patrons in at the time who felt exactly the same. As another reviewer said, there’s plenty of choice in Edinburgh and I’ll leave Ms Frosty to her band of insular cronies from now on.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 16, 2021 via mobile

Didn't disappoint! Came here because my wife reads Ian Rankin books and this pub features heavily in the Inspector Rebus novels. This is a proper old drinking pub. Don't expect frills. Sit down. Drink great beer and chat to the locals. If you want new...or "trendy" then go to the Slug and Lettuce.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Great service and amazing true Edinburgh ambience not touristy but not down market just the right historic cost ambience to drift off to days gone by in comfort

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

Went to Inspector Rebus and Ian Rankin’s favourite pub in Edinburgh and it didn’t disappoint. Cosy front bar for the locals. Friendly staff, unlike in books. Great beer.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020 via mobile

Thought we do a double here after visiting Cambridge bar we thought we’d walk a few steps further and go and have a quick drink in the Oxford bar however have to say this one was much less appealing than the Cambridge bar all the...signs in the window old and mouldy we did briefly go in but was a lot more cramped and less appealing so didn’t stay and have a drink maybe the advice would be just to clean up the front of itMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 8, 2019 via mobile

Great evening out! Staff are super friendly and the atmosphere is very classic local pub. Lots of table seating in the back rooms or join in the conversation at the front bar!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

Could not visit Edinburgh without coming here having read all Ian Rankins books. This is a genuine old fashioned locals pub serving great beer, sat in the back room i could envisage John Rebus drinking there.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 30, 2019 via mobile

Friendly traditional local... not yer typical city centre tourist haunt. Good bar staff & convivial regulars - well as convivial as it can be in Edinburgh. Been in it a handful of times in last 30 odd years. It hasn't changed and I like it...like that. A reliable old school boozer - there are much worse places to spend an hour or 2 daydreaming & drinking beer.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

Unless you are a local or a fan of Edinburgh novelist Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus, you would probably walk past this hole-in-wall bar on Young Street. This is a true drinking man’s bar. You might get a bag of crisps, but no one goes there...for the food. Adjacent to the bar is a room with tables and chairs, but you order from the bar and take your beer and/or scotch back to your table. We were there around 1:00 on a Saturday, and the small area in front of the bar was crowded with men—the only woman other than in my party was the bartender. Most appeared to be locals who knew each other. But I had no problem getting served once I made it through the crowd. If you are an Inspector Rebus fan like I am, then don’t miss this iconic Edinburgh bar.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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I was in there quite recently! Hope you enjoy your visit.
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This is a traditional old pub. It doesn’t serve food. The most you will get is high end crisps and nuts. Hope this helps.
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