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The Bier Hoose
379 Leith Walk,
0131 629 2731
Mon- Thurs 3pm-1am, Fri, Sat & Sun 12 noon – 1am.

Lederhosen in Leith 

As crowds swarmed to the German Christmas Market Mr & Mrs Bite opted for the in-house hygge version, the Bier Hoose on Leith Walk. 

Billed as Leith’s first German style Bier Keller the bar specialises in over 90 bottled and draught beers from Germany Belgium and the UK. 

Formerly The Boundary Bar, famous for the brass line separating Leith from Edinburgh and for opening at 6am in the morning, it has been revamped by brothers Billy and Peter Ross who also transformed The Old Chain Pier in  Newhaven, the Earl of Marchmont in Bruntsfield and Bar Brig further down the walk. 

Mr B and me settle into a wooden booth and chat about the interior. There is a half whisky barrel containing condiments and seasonings, a stain glass window, lots of twinkly lights, soft lighting and dark wood. It’s very cosy and authentic.

We order German sausages, Bratwurst and Currywurst, with pommes frites plus schooners of Hofbrau Dunkel each as we peruse and discuss the extensive beer menu. 

The food is no frills but sausages with mustard in a bun and chips with mayo really hit the spot on a cold night when beer tasting is your primary aim. We note the Monday night offer too – Bored and Broke? 50% off of food every Monday. 

The menu includes wheat beers, Belgian fruit beers, classics brewed by Trappist monks, saisons, craft beers and beers that spontaneously ferment using wild strains of yeast which hail from Belgium and are referred to as Lambic. There are bigger bottles to share and pilsners which have a Bavarian style of brewing producing clear, golden beer. 

After a shared Erdinger Dunkel Mr Bite and me are both further tempted by Dark Arts, a ‘surreal stout’ in a can from Magic Rock Brewing, Huddersfileld. Chocolate, malts, dark figs and berries all line up for a full on flavour profile.

It is a very satisfying note on which to take our leave and head on back into the night replete but knowing there is a beer menu that offers many a tempting reason to return again soon. For me, Millionaire from the English Wild Beer Co is on the cards. 

With quiz nights, live sport, live music and DJ’s, über-friendly staff and neighbours such as The Brass Monkey and Robbies you could have a great night out in this historic spot on Leith Walk. (S. Wilson)

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