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“One of Edinburgh's Best”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bow Bar

Bow Bar
Ranked #20 of 210 Nightlife in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Small quiet bar with a large selection of whiskey.
UK
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“One of Edinburgh's Best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Great traditional bar in Edinburgh's old town. Forget cocktails and an extensive wine list - if you want that this place is not for you - what you do get is a "proper" drink with good service and a friendly clientele. Well worth a visit where their a lcal or a visitor.

Visited February 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“We're locals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

And this is our local. Wine choice is limited to a choice of one but a very pleasant one it is. Still a tad small minded I think. The ladies toilet is clean but spartan despite pleas for improvement. However, it still beats its other contenders hands down. Fat-burning, calorie-free pies at lunchtime are totally non-refusable. Just go and breathe in the good life.

Visited January 2013
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“Never disappoints”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We have been regular visitors to the Bow Bar over the years and it never disappoints. Can always rely in a good selection of well kept beers. But I didn't feel like beer last night. So what to have? A Botanist gin with good quality tonic of course. A bit of a surprise not to have to rely on Gordon's and Schweppes. Lively atmosphere with folk happy to chat. A good pre-dinner drink before setting off to our restaurant.

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“I like this pub but...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Dropped in here for a drink last night. Been many times before and always been fine. This time the barman (incorrectly) thought he overheard something in a private conversation, took mighty umbrage and tried to bar the customer. Only sustained appeals to reason and soothing of ruffled feathers prevented a scene and the evening being spoiled by this petulant behaviour. Fact is even if he had heard what he thought he had, it would not have justified his ridiculous over-reaction. So....pub is still a great place for a pint or two in town but beware self-important barman..

ps - now seen review below about rude, arrogant barstaff........

Visited December 2012
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“Good traditional pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

Stopped in for the pie and pint. Good buy about £10 for two of us. Got there late so only had haggis and chicken pies no vegetarian options. Folks were really friendly too.

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