The Bow Bar
- Telephone 0131 226 7667
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30–11.30pm.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2pm.
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
Victoria Street stalwart the Bow Bar remains unashamedly old school when it comes to beer and whisky. Eight cask pumps offer a rotating range of largely Scottish ales and equally well sourced interlopers from across the border, with familiar craft draughts from Williams Bros and Black Isle Brewery. All are supplemented by dozens of carefully selected bottles from home and abroad with the special occasion champagne and beer mash-up Deus Brut des Flanders topping a healthy list from Belgium and beyond. It’s certainly whisky galore with a strong cast of 200+ single malts to peruse and enough knowledge behind the bar to steer the inquisitive in the right direction. Dark timber panelling, throwback enamel signs and ornate booze-related mirrors keep it nice and traditional with a handful of narrow tables and leather clad benches. For the peckish, Findlays of Portobello supply tasty no-frills lunchtime pies and bridies for a fairly discerning crowd that know their nips and ales.
- High point: Good spot for devotees of good ale and whisky
- Low point: Maybe not for cocktail drinking vegetarians
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 60
- Open since: 1984
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle