The Hanging Bat
Beer, beer and barbecue (and more beer). You don’t have to have a beard to drink there, but it helps.
Lothian Road is establishing itself as a bit of a beer destination: the Hanging Bat was there first. Deceptively cavernous, stretching over three floors, it doesn’t let the decor distract from the brews. With six cask and 14 keg lines on draught at any one time, it’s sensible that the biggest glass size is 2/3 pint so you can try most of them. Some varieties, like the Hanging Bat’s Chocolate Chaos (brewed with an entire chocolate cake, apparently) are dark and thick, while others such as Sanoma’s Session Pale Ale Track are eminently quaffable. In total, you can choose from around 150 mainly British beers (and lots of gins), so take advice from the bar staff – Pandoras of beer, each and every one of them. Food comes second here, but smoky and meaty are key – homemade hot dogs heaped with chilli or haggis and accompanied by burnt beans or slaw are tasty and stomach-lining.
- High point: A mixed crowd of good-natured beer lovers
- Low point: Salad is a dirty word
- Notable dish: The Greyfriar's Bobby (Hot dog with haggis and onions)
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Hip Hop or Hendrix - staff choice
- Live entertainment: Meet the brewers every couple of weeks
- Capacity: 60 seated, 120 standing
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £14 per bottle