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Tiles Cafe Bar, Edinburgh

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Called in here last week. Never bothered before but it featured on a CAMRA pub crawl.
I couldn't see what the fuss was about really. A bit of an amalgam of similar pubs in the area.
OK beer but that's about it.
LickeyEndBooze - 1 Mar 2015 12:01
Enjoyed a couple of pleasant pints of Bitter and Twisted lunchtime today. A better selection of real ales since my last visit.

Staff very attentive. Food OK.
ericstadd - 31 Jan 2012 17:40
Worth visiting for the splendid interior. However, the staff and atmosphere were rather cold and impersonal which fits in generally with my experiences of places with no real ale. Luckily I only had a half - of Bitter and Twisted - which gassily rather turned my stomach. It cost 1.80 which, at 3.60 a pint, was a record for me in this city and all the more remarkable in view of its modest strength. I'm obviously too old for this place. Luckily the Cafe Royal and Guildford Arms are just round the corner and provided a gastric recovery before my train home.
Stamfordian - 10 Nov 2010 10:35
Oops! Ignore my last comment, it was meant for the Voodoo Rooms.
Tiles HAS several real ales, the last reviewer may have been fooled by them appearing, served by electric power mixed amongst the keg lagers. The interior is indeed beautiful. Today my Fyne Ales beer was excellent.
curioushistory - 24 Nov 2009 23:50
I agree with the last reviewer. A sumptuous interior and good service, a long bar notable by the absence of good beer though. Shame, as they managed it under the previous management.
curioushistory - 24 Nov 2009 23:43
Lovely sumptuous tiled interior but more of a continental-style cafe bar than a pub, i.e. restauranty in the day and a circuit place at night. No real ale. Having said that, on my visit the Italian food was fantastic and very good portions. If they could put a couple of real ales on they could be onto a winner here.
Carlurmston - 26 Jan 2009 17:56
Lager consistent but staff ignore you to thepoint of doubting your own existence.

Variable pricing a pain. Been charged 4 different prices varying by 55p for the same round. Food can be good.
Boongie - 17 May 2008 20:27
Can I just re-iterate my second comment below?

Still, a good bar and a great wine list. The annoying, distracting football on the pull-down screen hopefully wont last much longer as the warning light was flashing on their projector last time I was in! :-)
Coldie - 5 Sep 2007 14:04
A marvellous interior, but WAAYYY too cramped. Staff have habit of spotting you but not serving you. How odd - don't they want paid??

Beers well kept, though. Can't comment on the nosh.
Coldie - 5 Jan 2007 14:22
Hmm,Ok I agree the interior was MUCH better than I expected, after seeing the trendy tables outside,but this place has no atmosphere or character. Not a pub I'd go out of my way to revisit.
budvar_1 - 2 Oct 2006 11:03
TheGP - you're an idiot. The building was an insurance office until 5 years ago. That said, it's an excellent makeover and a decent boozer.
Aig_Wilson - 26 Mar 2006 21:38
Located off the beaten track on St Andrews square, the metal tables outside made it look like a crappy sub-all bar one. However, upon entry it was a revelation - This building is clearly an old pub, and it's interior was marvellous. Cafe Bar it may say, but a traditional old pub decor it is inside, and you could almost pretend it was a proper pub.
TheGP - 7 Aug 2005 22:12

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