The Boozy Cow

The Boozy Cow
17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EY
  • Telephone 0131 226 6055
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: later opening hours.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–9.30pm; Fri/Sat 11am–10.30pm; Sun 11am–9.30pm.
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The Boozy Cow

Provocative punk dive bar and burger joint serving dirty dogs and punny cocktails with live music.

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Let all memories of plates fall from your mind as you enter the dark-walled basement bar that is Boozy Cow. Here your food comes on a tray, which sits in the middle of the table like a meaty horn of plenty. This place encourages sharing, which is a wise thing as the sides can easily be split in two and still be described as plentiful. The juicy burgers are the obvious stars of the show here, with everything from the classic cheese and bacon to your Philly cheese steak variety. If you're not in the mood for a patty the chicks and dogs more than hold their own, with options such as dirty chicken (fried chicken burger with hot pepper gravy), and a chilli dog (smoked frank, chilli beef, tortillas and more). Starters aren't really the done thing. Instead, pile up a range of slides to keep you going, with red slaw, onion rings and deep-fried pickles up for grabs. When it comes to dessert, there's just two options: bacon ice-cream and waffles or a chocolate brownie but don't worry – there’s a wide selection of shakes if you're chasing a sugar high.

The List's rating






Rebecca Monks visited The Boozy Cow on 10 March 2018
  • High point: Excellent burgers
  • Low point: Mains are the draw: starter and mains selection is wee
  • Notable dish: Red hot chilli burger
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery:
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rock
  • Live entertainment: DJs Tue/Fri; Live music Sat/Thu/Sun.
  • Capacity: 100 (20 outdoors)
  • Largest group: no advance group bookings
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

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