The Hanging Bat
Beer, beer and barbecue (and more beer). You don’t have to have a beard to drink there, but it helps.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The Hanging Bat is full of nooks and crannies set into split-levels of exposed brick, chunky wood and reclaimed furniture. Depending on your love for all things hoppy, the choice of 158 bottles and cans may be either overwhelming or exciting. However, the staff are more than happy to share their love and understanding, gladly offering tasters of the six cask beers or 14 keg lines. For those who can’t settle on one, there’s a flight (five 1/3 pints) on offer, or bookable beer tastings and brew days for some serious, in-depth beer appreciation. The food is all about meat, with an American accent. That means pulled pork, ribs, or a choice of hotdogs (including the haggis-topped Greyfriars Bobby – they haven’t forgotten where they are) and sides of ‘slaw, collard greens or beer mac 'n’ cheese, but no chips – and apparently you shouldn’t ask.
- High point: Beer served in aficionados' 2/3 pint glasses
- Low point: The sides are on the small side
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Anything from hip-hop to pop - barstaff's choice.
- Live entertainment: meet the brewers/meet the distillers events once a month
- Capacity: 60 seated, 120 standing
- Largest group: No reservations
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £14 per bottle