Crafty in more ways than just style, The Hanging Bat makes clever use of what is a long, lofty space. The constant smell of smoked meat and fresh hops carries you through Edinburgh’s beer café.
With its own on-site brewery, the bar of course serves arguably the freshest beer in town, couple that with the hand-smoked meats and artisan gin collection and you’ll find there’s everything covered. Try the home brew or the constantly changing yet expansive selection from local and international independent brewers. For what’s fresh, just check the beer board. Peckish? Try the Greyfriars’ Bobby dog for a spicy haggis kick.
Located close to a busy thoroughfare, the bar moves from casual lunch dining with café service through to a beer lover’s paradise in the evening. Weekends are more relaxed with the crowd enjoying their comfort food and even more comforting beer.
Best Bars tip: Chat to the staff – these guys really know their beer. And look out for when the next Meet the Brewer session is on, then nip in to see the different brewers present their tastiest creations.
— Martin Duffy