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Cloisters Bar

#572 of 1,832 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southside & Holyrood
Bar, Pub, Scottish, Seafood, British, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
12:30 - 00:00
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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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Oslo, Norway
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Timeout called it: "A beery, ecclesiastical oasis for more than two decades" I tried the local IPA from Stewart Brewing of Loanhead, just outside Edinburgh. But for me I want music, live or not, and not that much light. Full bar on a wednesday.

Thank Thor-Erik G
Livingston, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having followed Cloisters on Twitter, I had seen the previous day's ale board and saw a vast array of beers on tap, keg and cask. A veritable real ale lovers idea of heaven makes Cloisters bar pretty apt as it had been part of the adjoining church. I opted for a Titanic Brewery Plum Porter and savoured it's lovely notes... More 

Thank Rob D
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

What more can I say, if you're into the game Ingress this pub has more players per sq ft than I've ever seen!! A few of them can handle their mead too, so watch out!

1 Thank Edward C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A lovely warm pub on a horrible wet evening. A proper fire and plenty of comfortable seating. Decent selection of drinks at reasonable prices. A local was accompanied by two well behaved Dalmatians. Just a nice old fashioned welcoming space.

1 Thank Isabel W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

As all the previous review testify, if you enjoy your beer, Cloisters is a must. On this visit my compatriot and I enjoyed our beers, but the food was slightly underwhelming. Fish and chips of the frozen variety was our choice - it was ok, no better. It soaked up the beer and that's about the best you can say... More 

Thank aragon-11
Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Best pub in Edinburgh ,simple as that ,great beer choice ,good knowledgable staff ,easy to find just off Lothian road ,had a pint of Shropshire gold it was excellent

Thank rab123456
London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Excellent choice of ales and a nice atmosphere. I was hoping to visit more than once on my trip to Edinburgh, but sadly ran out of time. A must visit if you want to try some new ales and stouts.

Thank Suzanna W
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

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
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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
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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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 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 EH3 9JH, 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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