Bow Bar

Cosy, enjoyably unpretentious pub with an excellent choice of well kept beers


Speciality beers
Cask ales
Craft beers
Speciality drinks

Bar food times: 12-4

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales (8)
  • Craft beers (13)
  • Speciality drinks
  • Whisky (400+)

Price of cheapest bitter: £3.70

Name of cheapest bitter: Tempest Pale Armadillo

  • Dogs allowed in the bar

The good pub guide review

The warm welcoming interiors of this classic pub include walls covered with a fine collection of enamel advertising signs and handsome antique brewery mirrors, and there are sturdy leatherette wall seats and café-style bar seats around heavy narrow tables on the wooden floor. Expect a splendid range of drinks served by knowledgeable staff. From the rectangular bar with its impressive carved mahogany gantry, eight well kept real ales are dispensed from the tall 1920s founts on the counter; these include regulars such as Stewart 80/- and Tempest Pale Armadillo and five quickly changing guests from breweries such as Black Isle, Cromarty and Swannay, plus 13 craft beers. They hold regular beer festivals. Also on offer are more than 400 malts, including five 'malts of the moment', a good choice of rums, 60 or so international bottled beers and 20 Scottish gins. Strong on traditional values, this is an honest pub and a bastion of simple stand-up drinking.

The good pub guide food review

Lunchtime-only food is limited to meat, vegetarian and vegan pies.

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Contact Details

Bow Bar, 80 West Bow, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2HH

(0131) 226 7667

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-midnight

Saturday: 12-midnight

Sunday: 12-midnight