Our Beer Man’s Verdict
The old Lock 25 – in Fountainbridge – was never a pub I visited when it was open.
An issue with that part of town – as highlighted in our review of the Beer Kitchen – is that it has a couple of genuine destination beer venues in the Hanging Bat and Cloisters nearby, as well as Brauhaus. It’s a neighbourhood well served for great drinking options.
Sadly, Crosstown – which has taken over from Lock 25 – certainly isn’t one of those. Despite describing itself as a “drinkery” – yes, really – the drink options are pretty ordinary.
In fact, it’s all pretty ordinary. There are three cask pulls – offering a couple of local options from Krafty – as well as a selection of the usual suspects on keg, including Lagunitas.
The bottles are all pretty uninspiring.
So I go for the Krafty. The coffee stout is alright – decent roasted coffee flavour, but thin and a little tart. The Sly Fox session ale isn’t any better, so I walk over to Bat and have a couple of beers there instead.
Crosstown is unassumingly pleasant, the kind of place you can safely go with colleagues for an after-work drink. Although close to Lothian Road, it feels a little hidden and doesn’t offer anything which would mark it out as a destination – certainly not its beer.
Address: Crosstown Eatery & Drinkery, 85-87 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9PU