- Telephone 0131 221 9997
- Opening times Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight Closed Mon.
- Seasonal times none
- Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12:30pm–midnight.
- Food served Tue-Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–9pm; Sat noon– 9pm; Sun 12.30–5.30pm.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Website www.cloistersbar.com
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
There is, apparently, a battle of biblical proportions currently raging between the cohorts of craft beer and the ranks of real ale – such is the specialist knowledge imparted by a visit to this former church, where rival beer philosophies have replaced differing interpretations of the bible as the source of potential schisms. Thankfully, however, there’s no need to declare your loyalties at the door and it’s a convivial atmosphere that fills this often packed pub, with its vaulted windows and bar staff besieged by a mob thirsty to expand their knowledge of all manner of hop-based concoctions. Those who fancy a pint and a curry could combine both with a measure of spine-tingling chilli-infused Elixir, while those who prefer their food to be solid will appreciate the evening tapas menu – with a choice of eats both naked and battered that provides a welcome foil for the pints.
- High point: Monastic dedication to myriad ales
- Low point: Don't mention the false prophets that come in 2/3s of a pint
- Notable dish: Beer battered black pudding with spicy tomato sauce
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: nothing at all - no music!
- Live entertainment: Regular Meet the Brewer events
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 1998
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £14.00 per bottle
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