The Hanging Bat
2 December 2012
The Hanging Bat has barely opened & as my visit was over a week a go some of the things I'm dubious about with it may have been tinkered with in that time as I'm sure there's a learning curve being followed.
They certainly can't be faulted for going down the microbrewery route or introducing a further option for lovers of things non-Tennent's, especially in the location they've chosen.
What they could do with though is having their pumps clearly labeled & not requiring punters to rely on the blackboard affixed rather closer to the ceiling than the floor. Their range of bottled beers is undeniably impressive but I'd be interested to see how many of the £28 one they sell over the next twelve months. I'm also not totally sold on there not being any actual pints available - the most you can hope for is two thirds of one. Is this likely to fool people into thinking they're getting a bargain (you're not - prices work out at the upper end of the Edinburgh range) or have them unconciously drink more, faster? I don't for a minute actually think either of those things has been deliberately sought but they are possible consequences of the policy.
A work in progress then that shows promise & somewhere I'm sure I'll be back in when a civilised drink's the order of the day.
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