The Hanover Tap
Our Beer Man’s Verdict
I get the feeling the Hanover Tap – previously the Jekyll & Hyde – has been open for a while.
However, it only registered with me recently when they were promoting a week-long tap takeover from Fierce. I like the Aberdeen-based brewery – its beers are always worth a look – and that suggested this new-to-me venue may merit a visit.
It was quieter than I expected on a Sunday evening, with just a few other punters dotted around a deceptively large space spread over three levels.
It felt pretty generic, like a few other similar bars in the Hanover Street area – however the Tap bit of the name suggested a place that took its beer seriously.
The beer selection, sadly, was equally generic. There are a number of macro offerings – and three cask pulls – on the bar, with seven rotating guest beers on the tiled back wall.
There’s Brewdog, Camden, Innis & Gunn and Meantime. I have a pint of the cask David’s Not So Bitter from Speyside (£4.90 a pint) and its fine: sweet malt with a light roast. The coffee and vanilla porter Café Racer from the aforementioned Fierce (£5.50 a pint) is a delicious step up.
There’s a large selection of cans and bottles available too, with all the usual suspects and no surprises.
The football is showing on the big screens, and it feels like a good venue for watching sport with friends and a decent beer. But for a night out focused on great beer there are plenty of other better options nearby – and I head to one, Six North on Howe Street.
The Hanover Tap comes from a stable that includes pubs like Amber Rose, Finnegan’s Wake and Slug and Lettuce. I don’t get any sense of what unifies all those places.
And reading about the Tap on the website makes the toes curl, claiming “an original concept for Edinburgh’s aspiring fashionista, hipster, and student.” I guess that counts me out as a potential customer, then…
Address: 112 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR