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Cloisters Bar

#604 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southside & Holyrood
Bar, Pub, Scottish, Seafood, British, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
12:00 - 01:00
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Sun 12:30 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pub is heaven for beer drinkers 5+ gravity pumps plus a couple of gas pumps serving a variety of beers every time I've been in. There's also a variety of bottled beers and whiskeys. Yet to have a bad pint in here. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff very friendly. I've yet to eat in here but I've... More 

Thank Nicholas P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I really like going to Cloisters as it has a really relaxing atmosphere with no loud music or tv, open fire and even board games if you want. To some this may sound boring but you can go there with a group of friends and actually enjoy conversation and really, really good beer. They have guest beers (cask and bottled)... More 

Thank Kendall R
Darvel, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I have been using this bar for many decades and it is a good bar with a good atmoshere perfect for a few drinks with friend quite near the city centre

Thank jefurkit
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Need I say more? Good range of real ales, fire in the winter, staff who know what they're doing. Sometimes difficult to get a place to sit down as it's so popular.

Thank MorningsideCath
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Dropped in to rendez-vous with friends for a pre-dinner drink and wished we could have stayed longer. A good selection of real ales from near and far, kept well and served with a smile.

Thank KentHarris
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Couldn't be happy with this pub as a local, lovely atmosphere, good food and great beers on tap. Will definitely be visiting a lot. Just please stock more interesting board games!!

Thank Eyelash_13
Isle Of Man
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Fantastic choice of Real Ales and served by staff who know what they are doing, know the product and why real ale drinkers come to this establishment. Brilliant. The double burgher was the best I've eaten and for a Edinburgh City pub it doesn't get any better. Why go any where else? I particularly liked seeing the positive response to... More 

Thank ManxViking
Copenhagen, Denmark
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

great atmophere, no music, just people chanting, socializing with one another, which makes it a great place, not to mention the outstanding (I guess typical for a scottish bar) selection of Ales, Lager, Single Malts etc.

Thank trlster
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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285 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

If you like fine Ale then..........this for you and they certainly have them. Loads of them and they change all the time, very great bar, loved it! Go all the time i will be back")

Thank Scottie S
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best if not the best cask ale led pubs in Edinburgh . Always a great of casks and are getting more independent keg beers in with 2 rotating guest keg lines ! Prices reasonable as well . Even better you have the full option of thirds up to pints !!!!! You get to choose

Thank Christopher And... F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Bar, Pub, Scottish, Seafood, British, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 221 9997
Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 10 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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