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US$4 - US$21
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Southside & Holyrood
0.8 miles from Edinburgh Old Town
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All reviews highland chicken scotch whisky bangers and mash nachos chilli pie steak big scottish breakfast served all day specials board great pub friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices city centre pub grub table service good quality food
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Reviewed 5 September 2020

Went to The Abbey bar twice in the 3 nights in Edinburgh!! Staff EXTREMELY welcoming and friendly, AMAZING service, food was delicious and very reasonably priced!! Will DEFINITELY be back and will be recommending to other people to visit!! A great find!!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 1 September 2020 via mobile

It really wasn't a good bar to visit under the current climate, they have made kiosks at the bar, and rather than go through that experience again, I'd rather not visit. We have visited quite a few bars in different cities whilst up in Scotland,...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 31 August 2020

Booked a table for a family lunch and felt safe and relaxed from the time we arrived. One way system, sanitizer and impeccable cleanliness throughout. We were shown to our table and it was explained table service only. We had the Mac cheese,chips & salad...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 29 August 2020 via mobile

Since reopening the Abbey is back to its usual high standards. Food is the best value food in this part of town. Staff are as friendly and helpful as they have always been and the environment feels very safe with screens and a one way...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 25 August 2020 via mobile

Excellent fish pie. Great steak pie. Good food. Good value. Loved it so much that Irene was back with girlfriends the following day.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

First visit to meet a friend who is a regular here. I was met at the door by a very friendly member of staff who explained all the social distancing protocols. Tables are distanced with screens in between where needed, one way entry/exit system and...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 23 July 2020 via mobile

Our first visit since the Abbey opened again . We booked a table and time in advance on messenger. A warm welcome as always at the entrance door . There’s an exit door also. I must say that everything is very well thought out regards...More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 30 May 2020

We were staying at an apartment a couple of doors away so this became our local bar for three days. It is a great pub. The staff are welcoming and there is a nice atmosphere. The pub has a very good menu and reasonably priced...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 19 March 2020 via mobile

Nice bar, quite cheap meals, very friendly staff. Not the biggest portions for lunch, but it was enough. We absolutely recommend it.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 10 March 2020

This bar was very good start of our journey of city of Edinburgh. The service was very kindly and helpful, everything arrives to our table within a short time. We try the Tennents beer, this is my new favourite, one sortiment (3 different) of scotch...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
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31 December 2018|
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Response from Dougie M | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes! This is a very comfortable place to be.
Valentina M
30 August 2018|
Response from ChiaraM2912 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Valentina ! I am sorry I haven’t saw animals in the restaurant both times I have been
Steve W
24 April 2017|
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Response from AbbeyManager | Property representative |
Yes pooches welcome
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    How is The Abbey Bar rated?
    The Abbey Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5