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Called in here on the off chance before meeting friends elsewhere last week and was more than happy with my choice. Nice range of beers on, had a couple of pints of a milk stout, followed by a whisky or two. Good barman who knew his stuff. A very pleasant way to waste a few hours.
Shot18 - 27 Oct 2015 12:28
After a quick one in the Filmhouse (on Lothian Road but not listed on here), we moved on to the Blue Blazer. This was another excellent small pub with plenty of character. Kelburn Goldihops, Oakham Citra, Strathaven Midnight Walk, Stewart Saison Des Pluies (couldn't have been apt for my brief Scottish tour) & Loch Lomond Kessog were the ales. Thistly Cross Cider was also on handpull and thoroughly enjoyed by me. Not overly busy on a Sunday evening. This was my favourite pub so far in Edinburgh. But I later surpassed this. Service was good. Didn't try the toilets!
blue_scrumpy - 30 Jul 2015 20:53
Well, here we go again - another day out in Edinburgh, and another visit to The Blazer.
Plenty of people in on a Saturday afternoon (6th June) - good atmosphere. What I particularly liked about this visit was that although lots of people were being served at the bar, the friendly barmaid was aware of whose turn it was next, and asked for our order while just finishing off someone else's. A great way to run a well-attended pub, being attentive to customers. See you again on my next visit!
quadrantfour - 7 Jun 2015 09:40
Used to drink here back in the late eighties. Interior hasn't changed much - there is still the vertiginous descent to the toilets, for example, - except that the old church pews have been covered in namby pamby plastic padding. There is a much wider choice of beer now (my double chocolate porter was delicious) and it is almost as much a pleasure to visit as it was nearly 30 years ago. Docked a point for the blaring TV in the back room.
Kenny260556 - 1 Jun 2015 22:06
Called in here again on Saturday March 14th, another day trip to Edinburgh from Cheshire.
Pub was just the same except with more people in this time - even better atmosphere, ale quality excellent. Recommended.
quadrantfour - 15 Mar 2015 10:29
Made a day trip to Edinburgh from Cheshire, 3 hour train journey, well worth it.
Called in here for the last of our six pub visits on the day, basic unpretentious boozer. Ale quality excellent, had a pint of Allendale Mosaic.
Only about a dozen people in, but the atmosphere was typical of a proper pub, friendly staff too.
quadrantfour - 5 Oct 2014 12:33
Lively corner pub with quite a few nice beers on. Good Saturday night atmosphere and nice friendly service.
littledrummerboy - 29 Sep 2014 22:00
We sat at a table in this up and made one order. Thereafter we were refused service because one of us was in "fancy dress". By which they meant stage make-up. During the Edinburgh Fringe.

Will not go there again.
ydobemos - 14 Aug 2013 23:04
Possibly the best pub I visited on my Edinburgh crawl.

Corner plot pub on the main road down to the Grass Market with an extremely homely feel. Bit dark but this is down to the full wooden interior.

Cracking pint of stout was had.

Cannot describe how good this place is.

Go seek it out if you haven't already.
lezford - 25 Nov 2012 12:44
Pub Two on the crawl of Three.

I may have been here once before, but only once. Its kind of in no mans land - not in the old town or new - sort of between the old and the pubic triangle.

Still, its worth seeking out. Excellent beers and plenty of choice - I had an excellent Edinburgh Gold (when in Rome).

The pub was dominated by Suits who had popped in for a pint on the way home - although one of them may have gone home to fetch his scotty dog. Unless he takes it to work.

Nice little alcoves.

Will be back.
Mappiman - 10 Sep 2012 19:32
Skip the nearby strip joints and head for this excellent traditional boozer.!!
mcroyal - 12 May 2012 17:36
Splendid old Victorian pub with various little alcoves and seating areas off from the main bar area. A range of 6 cask ales was found on my first visit here earlier this month. All beer sampled was well-kept as the Good Beer Guide suggested it would be. That said, it didn't say they'd be free! Unfortunately the barman serving was seemingly so preoccupied (we believed with a pair of tourist's titties at the end of the bar) that he singularly omitted to charge us! Might've said something were it not for the fact he seemed generally oblivious to customers, so on balance we let it pass. I hope he's more awake usually, as he could be losing the pub a fair amount of cash! Whilst I liked this place, I did sense a slightly pretentious undercurrent; it didn't have the grittier charms of some of Edinburgh's other pubs. Nevertheless, it's still worth seeking out for some good beer - possibly on the hoose!
TWG - 17 Aug 2011 06:49
Eight beers on during my visit including the ubiquitous Tradewinds and Kelburn Carte Nir, a fine Coffee based beer. Two minutes walk from Grassmarket
ahscum - 25 Jul 2011 21:49
Great pub, good beer quality and selection, scottish humour and charm throughout - good session pub in central endinburgh
parmantom - 29 Mar 2011 10:31
Lovely real ale pub with 10+ beers on pumps plus great selection of rums and whiskies (if that's what you're into). Cosy interior with open fires and interesting floor mosaic decorations. Best bet is Cairgorn Trade Winds, Orkney Dark Island and Red Cuillin were also extremely drinkable.
Perry_Mason - 28 Nov 2010 18:41
Charming city centre pub. Quirky, with a mix of customers and some good ales on. Can't knock it really. Pricy but where isn't these days except 'spoons and you don't just want to drink in those now do you?
dry_riser_inlet - 23 Aug 2010 10:30
Really enjoyed a holiday pint in here. Great pub with super beer. I liked it!
beerPrincess - 4 Aug 2010 08:31
Fantastic real ale pub. Great range of good beer and a lot of single malt whiskies. Gets busy at the weekends, and rightly so, but it is all good natured socialising. Well worth a visit.
Rod_Hariga - 28 Mar 2010 10:36
what a gem could say it but this is what a proper boozer should be 8 real ales and the pale that i tried from the orkney brewery was perfect. well worth the walk from grassmarket. and dare i say none of the rabble of the lager swillers in there on my 2 visits. just on the downside and i know its a capital city but £3.60 to £3.85 a pint is a bit steep
loiner8 - 9 Mar 2010 16:34
Simple pub on a simple corner of a simple street. Doesn't try and do anything else but provide good ale - no other distractions. Millay is right, the Trade Wind in particular was bang on. Great crawl joiner from Haymarket to Grassmarket and beyond
getsit - 7 Sep 2009 18:56
I had to call in to one of my favourite Edinburgh bars on my recent visit and the Blue Blazer is still deserving of itís GBG listing. An array of different beers were on offer and the Trade Winds was top notch.

Millay - 17 May 2009 21:47
Late comment from August. Enjoyed a couple of Kelburn beers here.
gillhalfpint - 15 Jan 2009 09:48
Great traditional place with a fine selection of ales and interesting layout. Comfortable atmosphere too. Only problem when I went was that the toilets were a bit smelly but I'll see that as a one-off. Looking forward to returning
Carlurmston - 16 Nov 2008 20:32
A great pub, cosy, unpretentious, superb beer. Sandwiches and pies, so great at lunchtimes. Landlord is a bit dour, bu tyou can put up with that for such good ale (a pint of Freoch Heather Ale never goes amiss).

ANther one of those I always try to visit when in Auld Reekie.
ETA - 15 Nov 2008 13:13
Great little corner pub, Decent selection of real ale, and we were lucky enough to get a free jim beam due to a promotion that was taking place.
barcelona26051999 - 28 Oct 2008 05:26
Very good selection of ales, freindly service and a nice traditional feel.
Alfnoax - 13 Jun 2008 10:07
Only had the chance to visit twice. A cracking pub with an interesting choice of ales. Will definitely return on my next visit to Edinburgh.
spookyhead - 17 May 2008 23:51
After one visit and one pint of ale I'm hooked! Lovely atmosphere and excellent pint. Really shows up the more "talked about" Bow Bar.
Boongie - 17 May 2008 19:48
A very nice pub with a good range of ales & warm fire.
dpv - 26 Feb 2008 14:59
Cracking boozer, tidy pint of Stewarts 80 bob. Definately be back
LickeyEndBooze - 21 Feb 2008 16:30
i love this place. last visited in november after the scotland/pacific islanders rugby match. excellent real ales and the front room has some real nice nooks and seating to watch the crowd mingle or warm up by the fireplace. combine the blue blazer w/the bow bar up the street and you've got a great mini edinburgh pub crawl (stay away from nearby grassmarket unless u want a fizzy whizzy and lots of meat). i rate the blue blazer an 8.5.
chipawayboy - 31 Dec 2006 05:01
I know, it's so difficult to get a lager or magners in Edinburgh isn't it?
anonymous - 27 Oct 2006 18:28
real ales, nothing else , real ales , pants
boozybrown - 27 Oct 2006 11:18
Great pub, good beer, decent whisky and wine - eclectic crowd.
Aig_Wilson - 26 Mar 2006 22:08
Great place to get a drink, loads of Real Ale, atmosphere smokey, but clientele well-behaved for a Saturday night!
Quinno - 11 Mar 2006 16:05
Another of the string of atmospheric central Edinburgh pubs serving a few real ales well - larger than some as well
mtaylor40 - 8 Feb 2006 21:58
Excellant pub, far too often overlooked, friendly staff who ensure the 'unsuitable' crowd heading between lothian road and the grass market are kept at bay if too drunk!
Ian341 - 10 Oct 2005 13:30
I was recommended by a friend to visit the Blue Blazer and so glad I found this pub. They had such a good selection of cask ales, all that I tried, and I tried many, were just first class. Friendly staff that were keen to allow me to taste before I purchased. Only shame was that on the same night Scotland beat Norway and England got stuffed by NI - the beer eased my pain. Don't miss out on this place , go see for yourself.
gasman - 26 Sep 2005 21:33
Good selection of regularly changing cask ales, single malts, rums and bourbons.

Malt of the Moment good value at £3.70 for a double 35ml.

Anniversary Ale made by Cairggorm Brewers should be on tap now at £1.99 a pint.
admkedin - 30 Jan 2005 18:59
Good beer friendly staff. A nice wee pub.
Betty Ford - 21 Oct 2004 11:22
Of those I visited, and there were many..... (I like this comment). This is a smallish street corner pub with a couple of rooms and 6 hand pumps with beer to match
lout_from_the_lane - 13 Jul 2004 16:47
Of those I visited, and there were many, I would say this was my favourite real ale pub in Edinburgh. It has a nice friendly feel to it, the staff are knowledgeable about the beers and a Good Beer Guide was available behind the bar. Definitely a pub that does it's own thing, I was there when the Scotland v Holland Euro 2004 qualifier was on and they refused to show it because their regulars wanted the racing on. I also got the impression that they were going to refuse to celebrate Christmas, now that is refreshing. The ever changing beers are listed on barrel ends above the bar and candles in front of each beer pump add a nice touch on a winters evening.
Millay - [email protected] - 25 Nov 2003 17:54

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