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elcome to our 2017 Guide to Scotland’s Top Bars. We’ve highlighted 80

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cocktails, or beer, there are bars to suit all tastes. Obviously Scotland has many more excellent bars and pubs too, but there is only so much space in this publication. We hope you manage to visit our recommended bars, you won’t be disappointed.

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Contents Aberdeen



Island Bars

Other Areas

Boozy Cow�������������������7 Dusk������������������������������� 8 Rye & Soda������������������ 9 The Tippling House����������������������������10

The Abbey Bar���������26 Angels Share������������� 27 The Black Cat�����������28 The Bow Bar�������������29 Indigo Yard����������������30 The Jolly Botanist ��� 31 The Jolly Judge������� 32 Juniper������������������������ 33 Kays Bar����������������������34 King’s Wark��������������� 35 OX 184�������������������������36 Papermill��������������������� 37 The Queens Arms���38 TigerLily����������������������39 Tonic��������������������������� 40 Usquabae�������������������42 The Voyage of Buck������������������������43 Whiski������������������������� 44 Whiski Rooms�����������45 The Whistle Stop Barber Shop��������������46

Anchor Line ��������������48 Atlantic Bar & Brasserie���������������������49 Bag O’Nails����������������50 Bar 91��������������������������� 52 Bier Halle�������������������� 53 Ben Nevis�������������������54 Bloc+���������������������������� 55 Blue Dog���������������������56 Blythswood Square Hotel������������� 57 Chelsea Market��������58 Chinaskis���������������������59 Dakota Lux��������������� 60 Distill ����������������������������61 Drygate�����������������������62 The Howlin’ Wolf ����63 The Lismore��������������64 Metropolitan ������������65 One Up������������������������66 Oran Mor��������������������67 The Piper Whisky Bar����������������68 The Pot Still���������������69 Rogano������������������������70 Saint Luke’s���������������� 71 Shilling Brewing Co72 Tabac��������������������������� 73 Vinyard 28�����������������74

Ballygrant Inn�����������76 Drift Inn ���������������������� 77 The Lochside Hotel����������������������������� 78 Macgochans��������������79 Stein Inn��������������������� 80

Cheers Cafe Bar�������89 Copper Dog�������������� 90 The Corriegarth��������91 Finsbay������������������������92 Fork & Field���������������93 The George Hotel ��94 Goblin Ha’�������������������95 The Grove������������������96 The Lord of Isles������97 The Old Bridge Inn�������������������98 The Tower������������������99

Ayrshire The Millhouse������������� 12 The Ship Inn �������������� 13 Wee Windaes������������14

Dundee & Broughter Ferry Airlie Arms������������������16 The Anchor����������������� 17 Bruach �������������������������18 D’Arcy Thomson�������19 The Fort Hotel����������20 Gallery 48�������������������� 21 The Tinsmith������������� 22 The West House������ 23 The Wine Press��������24

Perth & Stirling The Birds & The Bees�����������������82 Mhor 84�����������������������83 The Century Bar at Gleneagles����84 Poppies Hotel ����������85 The Torbex Inn ��������86 The Wheel Inn���������� 87



Boozy Cow T 67 Langstane Pl Aberdeen AB11 6EN 01224 587717

he Boozy Cow in Aberdeen has been an amazing success story. Starting life as a small restaurant in Netherkirkgate a couple of years ago, it quickly outgrew the venue and recently moved into the former Amicus Apple building in Langstane Place and flourished, not only as fantastic destination for creative, freshly-made on the premises burgers, but as one of Aberdeen’s best cocktails bars. With a great weekly line-up of events including a Tuesday quiz, Wednesday acoustic

night, after work cocktail club every Friday, and weekend DJ’s, it’s definitely proving to be more than just a burger bar. With every penny of profit going to charity, and sister venues in Edinburgh and Stirling also doing extremely well with another in Dundee opening soon, Boozy is certainly going from strength to strength. Pair some great food and drink with its incredible, funky, urban design and a trip to Boozy Cow is certainly an unforgettable experience.


Dusk S 45 Langstane Pl Aberdeen AB11 6EN 01224 594430 DuskCocktailBar


ituated in the heart of Aberdeen’s West End, Dusk Cocktail Bar has been ingrained in the city centre’s nightlife for more than 10 years. An intimate and stylish lounge, it specialises in the finest classic and original cocktails, boutique spirits and specialist craft ales. Sitting in its timeless surroundings, you can relax and enjoy its various live music nights, or take a seat at the bar to watch the highly-skilled bartenders carefully craft cocktails made with just the right

ingredients meticulously muddled and mixed together. The bar offers a backstage pass into the innovate recipes behind its cocktails, hosting fun and informative mixology lessons. Dusk also offers its Dusk-away-from Dusk service, high-end pop-up bar partnered with a team of entertaining and experienced bartenders, all serving up concoctions at a location of your choice.

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17 - The Academy Belmont Street AB10 1LB 01224 643338

hether you’re in the mood for breakfast or a sparkling gin cocktail, Rye & Soda at The Academy has you covered. Run by the team behind 10 Dollar Shake, the Anglo-American brunch cafe by day, and cool bar by night has a laid-back atmosphere and a bright, stripped back dÊcor. Open from 10am until late, its menu is packed with comforting and indulgent options. The drinks menu features plenty of gin, craft beers, ales and sparkling wines

as well as the 10 Dollar Shake Bottle Shop where you can pick up wine to take home (or enjoy in the bar during Tuesdays BYOB). Rye & Soda also has a spacious terraced area which is the perfect place to enjoy one of its superb cocktails when the sun is shining.


The Tippling House T 4 Belmont St Aberdeen AB10 1JE TheTipplingHouse Tippling_House


he Tippling House is a subterranean late-night tavern serving boutique spirits, handcrafted cocktails, fine Scottish ales and inspired casual dining. This place is known for its creative cocktails made with passion and style by a highly trained and award-winning team of bartenders. As the bar’s own in-house artists, these guys are skilled at balancing flavours, and are more than happy to put their extensive knowledge to good use by creating customers their very own bespoke cocktail tailored to

individual preferences. The Tippling House kitchen serves up a North American-inspired menu which is sure to satisfy all tastes. Dinner service runs from 5pm-10pm, but you can also order a great range of bar snacks from 4pm until one hour before closing, all week long. On Saturdays, The Tippling House opens for brunch and gives customers the chance to sample spirit and wine tasting flights from 1pm.


The Millhouse S 4 Dean St Stewarton KA3 5EQ 01560 482255


ituated in Stewarton, this stylish bar and restaurant offers all day eating and drinking in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The glamorous restaurant has over 100 seats, as well as an intimate private dining space for up to 20 guests – perfect for all types of gatherings and celebrations. The Mill House is all about simple dishes with big flavours, from mouthwateringly tender 21 day aged Scotch steaks to fresh locally sourced seafood — all

cooked to perfection on its Plancha and Chargrills. It serves delicious food all day, every day from early until late. You can enjoy coffee and cake, a tasty breakfast, leisurely lunches or laid back dinner. The Mill House has it all. And if you prefer something a little more casual it also boasts a traditional pub that has a contemporary feel, right next door.

The Ship Inn N 120-122 Harbour St Irvine KA12 8PZ 01294 279722

ot only is the Ship Inn the oldest pub in Irvine (it was built in 1567 and licensed in 1754), but it is also award winning, and family run. It’s no wonder this is one of the most popular places in Ayrshire, not just for twolegged customers, but well-behaved four-legged customers too. It’s childfriendly and dog-friendly and offers a children’s menu and, would you believe it, doggy beer. It is a traditional pub, with plenty of shipping memorabilia dotted around, as

you might expect, and it offers classic pub grub – in fact, it’s steak pies are famous – there are ‘wee wans’ and ‘big wans’. But the menu offers a lot more too. The Ship Inn is situated really near the beach and there’s no better place to retire to after a walk along the shore.


Wee Windaes T 9 Newmarket St Ayr KA7 1LL 01292 267360


his Ayr pub, in the very heart of the town, is a very popular family-run hostelry. It offers traditional values and traditional Scottish hospitality with former footballer and owner, Jim McSherry, an Ayrshire legend, providing much of the banter. The pub also enjoys a reputation for good, reasonably priced, bar food which is served at lunch time. No matter what time you visit, you’ll enjoy the Wee Windaes’ warm and friendly ambience, boosted by its pleasant and cheerful serving team. It is

a favourite haunt of shoppers and locals, but folk come from far and wide to catch up with folk here. You are just as likely to see a group of ladies enjoying a day out at the pub, as a bunch of footballers. It is not big in size, but it definitely is big when it comes to the welcome. Check out the photos around the walls, you are bound to recognise someone famous. If you are in Ayr check out the Wee Windaes – you won’t be disappointed.

Dundee & Broughty Ferry

Airlie Arms T 4 St Malcolm’s Wynd Kirriemuir DD8 4HB 01575 218080 airliearmshotel ArmsAirlie


his is an award winning family run pub, restaurant and hotel in Kirriemuir – the birthplace of Peter Pan author J.M Barrie. It won last year’s Tennent’s Quality Pint award, so if you are looking for the best pint in Scotland you’re sure to enjoy it at the Airlie Arms. As well as lager the bar also offers a good selection of malt whiskies, real ales and fine wines. It may a traditional bar but it has

some contemporary touches, and it is immaculate. To the right as you go

in there is a wee lounge area, with the public bar to the left. During the day, as well as a good bar menu, there are also pastries (some gluten free) and all locally made, to enjoy along with a great coffee. Upstairs there is a relaxed restaurant and a large function suite which can take up to 100 people.

The Anchor T 48 Gray St Broughty Ferry DD5 2BJ 01382 737899

he Anchor, or Old Anchor Inn, as it was once known until the owner decided to cut his sign writing costs, is a legend in Broughty Ferry and it deservedly won the accolade Sunday Mail Pub of the Year in 2016. It’s a traditional pub with a traditional heart and it is busy, busy, busy. From the moment it opens until the final bell the staff are bustling around serving people with that mix of efficiency and good Scottish banter. It appeals to all ages from youngsters to pensioners, and

everyone in between too. The pub grub on offer is tasty – featuring the famous Anchor curry as well as a mean Steak Pie. It does an excellent Karaoke night on a Thursday... you might even get to hear pub owner Jeff Stewart sing! If you are in Broughty Ferry The Anchor is not to be missed.


Bruach B 328 Brook St Broughty Ferry DD5 2AN 01382 739878 bruachbar BruachBar


ruach is an ideal haven for cocktail lovers and foodies looking to sample dishes designed around Scotland’s finest seasonal produce. Bruach actually takes its name from the ancient Gaelic term for Broughty Ferry (Bruach Tatha). Inside it’s a sleek and contemporary open-plan bar restaurant, complete with mezzanine area that has a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The menu changes regularly to reflect the best available local ingredients, and includes burgers, salads, fish, steaks and tapas-

style dishes like pulled pork sausage rolls and haggis bonbons, as well as its phenomenal pancakes. Additionally, Bruach’s exciting cocktail menu includes some fun twists on popular classics, such as Raspberry Moscow Mules and White Chocolate Martinis. If you like what you taste, Bruach’s talented bartenders are happy to share some of their inside secrets in the form of cocktail making master-classes.

D'arcy Thompson T 21 – 23 Old Hawkhill Dundee DD1 5EU 01382 322694 thedarcythompson thdarcythompson

he D’Arcy Thompson takes its name from Dundee University’s first professor of biology who, according to the restaurant’s owners, liked to have a good time in his local boozer with a few drams of whisky. Around 70 years after his death, this popular pub on the banks of the River Tay in Dundee’s vibrant West Port is keeping Thompson’s spirit alive. It has a quirky biology classroom inspired décor that’s far from textbook – think stripped-back, semi-industrial chic. A perfect place to

skive off studying, D’Arcy Thompson has a relaxed, bistro vibe and lovely ambience. It has a well-stocked bar and cracking cocktail list that boasts a few classics plus some more eclectic offerings, like a Purple Pilot made with lavender, Edinburgh Gin and Creme de Violette. Its menu is packed with dishes to suit all tastes, from fancy sandwiches, and pub classics to a generous grill selection.


Fort Hotel T 48 Fort St Broughty Ferry DD5 2AB 01382 737 999 theforthotel


he bar at The Fort in Broughty Ferry was beautifully refurbished a couple of years ago and now boasts an excellent collection of malt whiskies and some rare malts too. The bar marries traditional and contemporary styles and the bar itself has been hand carved in burnt mahogany, while the back gantry features bespoke gargoyles. The soft furnishings are contemporary with state-of-the-art technology ensuring an excellent sound system, and

digital TV. As well as an excellent range of whisky, the bar offers quality beers. In fact it has picked up numerous quality awards, including the famous Sunday Mail Pub of the Year accolade. Good service, good value food, and an excellent array of whiskies are supported by other spirits, quality beer, and an annual music festival. All this put this Broughty Ferry bar on the map.

Gallery 48 G 8 West Port Dundee DD1 5ER 01382 225666 Gallery48dundee gallery48dundee

allery 48 was named Scotland’s Innovative Business of the Year 2016 by Caledonian Brewery and licensed trade magazine DRAM. Leading the way in Dundee’s cultural rejuvenation, it boasts a multi-faceted exhibition space, an ambient atelier and provides regular workshops. Add quality food, drinks and service to the equation, in the form of Tapas bar and restaurant, and you can see why this West Port haunt made an impression on the judges. Tapas at Gallery 48 offers everything you’d expect

from a typical Spanish tapas bar housed in a bright, open and stylish space with white walls and light wooden tables. Menus include a fantastic selection of authentic Spanish tapas made using the freshest, most authentic produce. These are beautifully accompanied by Spanish wines and Spanish beers served alongside cava, prosecco and a punchy menu of gin and tonics.


The Tinsmith T 11-13 Old Hawkhill Dundee DD1 5EU 01382 204198 tinsmithdundee the_tinsmith


he Tinsmith doesn’t take itself too seriously but it does have wonderful pub grub and great drinks. The West Port bar has a industrial feel, and as the name suggests, there is a fair bit of ‘tin-like’ surfaces around, from the distressed table tops to the silvery chairs, even some of their food is served in tin buckets. It offers live music throughout the week and as much televised sport as you can handle!

Wander to the rear of the pub and you’ll uncover a great beer garden that becomes a welcome retreat in the summer, and is often home to a BBQ when the weather is really good. Pub favourites, and Tinsmith creations, are all made fresh in The Tinsmith kitchen by the hands of some very talented chefs. It opens for breakfast, and children and dogs are also welcome in this laid back Dundee pub.

The West House T 2 West Port Dundee DD1 5EP 01382 525205 thewesthousedundee TheWestHouse

his bright, spacious, bar and restaurant, located on the corner of West Port in Dundee has truly carved out it’s own niche in the city’s social scene, thanks to its funky décor, sumptuous food and enticing cocktails. The bustling bar’s somewhat eclectic design fuses contemporary elements with items representing Dundee’s industrial heritage, including an old printing press and printing plates that give a nod to the city’s historical tag-line of “jam, jute and journalism”. This all

combines to create a cool, laid-back but chic vibe that is especially popular with the city’s student population. The West House is a relaxed hideaway to enjoy a coffee or sample a simple menu of pizzas, pastas and salads served by friendly staff. By night, the place transforms into one of the city’s “must-go-to” bars – expect a fight to get to the bar during the weekends.


The Wine Press I

16 Shore Terrace Dundee DD1 3DN 01382 204444 thewinepressbar TheWinePressBar


f you’re looking for a quality glass of vino in Dundee you certainly can’t go wrong with The Wine Press, the city’s one and only dedicated wine bar. Its inviting bottle green exterior makes it hard to miss in its prime location in the newly branded Downtown Dundee. It enjoys an exclusive view of the city’s multi-million pound Waterfront Development Project and is just a stone’s throw from the soon to be open V&A. Marrying stripped floors, bare brick and exposed lighting in an

atmosphere of post-industrial chic, this is the perfect spot to enjoy everything from a lovely light Prosecco to a big beefy red! Stylish Enomatic machines provide high-end wines affordably by the glass or by tasting measure. With a selection of over 80 wines and food from a few very carefully selected local suppliers, it has something for everyone!


The Abbey A

65 South Clerk St Edinburgh EH8 9PP 0131 668 4862 TheAbbeyBarEdinburgh TheAbbeyBarEdin


warm welcome awaits you at The Abbey – a traditional whisky bar serving fresh Scottish cuisine in the southside of Edinburgh. The bar’s impressive whisky list includes over 200 malt whiskies ranging from well known favourites to rare bottlings sourced from home and abroad –all with tasting notes and the chance to indulge in various whisky flights. The friendly staff have undergone comprehensive whisky training so

whether you are an aficionado or beginner The Abbey is the perfect place to drop in for drinks, great food and a bit of banter. There is a broad range of spirits, beers and Casque Marque recognised cask ales, cocktails and wines. Fresh Scottish food such as game stew, pigeon, venison and haggis is served alongside traditional hearty pub favourites.

Angels Share F

7-11 Hope St Edinburgh EH2 4EL 013124 77000 angelssharehotel AngelsShareEdin

ew bars are as immediately impressive as the stunning Angels Share. With cream leather banquettes and a ceiling lined with chandeliers, customers might just feel they have been magically whisked away to a New York-style bar. However, the framed photographs of famous Scots that adorn the walls help restore a sense of location. Named after the whisky lost to evaporation during the distilling process, Angels Share stocks over 200 whiskies as well as an extensive

selection of wines and beer. But cocktails are its speciality, embodied by its house signature, Flower of Scotland, which blends raspberry vodka, champagne and sugar syrup, elegantly decorated with a floating flower head. This stylish bar and restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere during the day but is buzzing come the evening, especially downstairs in the Devil’s Cut, a ‘boutique speakeasy’ lounge open till 3am every night.


The Black Cat T 168 Rose St Edinburgh EH2 4BA 0131 225 3349


he Black Cat aims to provide for Edinburgh’s locals and visitors alike, creating a relaxed place to meet and enjoy a hand-picked selection of Scotland’s finest whiskies. Owner, Chris Miles, is a whisky enthusiast and is always happy to share his expertise with customers. It also stocks a large variety of local beers and a select few from further afield, as well as a selection of Scottish fayre served daily from 11am-11pm. However, you can pop in for a coffee from 10.30am

every day, which can be enjoyed in the relaxed bar area, or out front in its secluded and quiet seating area. Free WiFi is provided for all customers. During the week they have live Scottish folk music sessions playing from 9.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while it also hosts its own pub quiz every Tuesday at 7pm.

The Bow Bar T 80 West Bow Victoria St EH1 2HH 0131 226 7667 bow_bar

he Bow Bar is a traditional Scottish bar and one of Edinburgh’s premier destinations for fans of Scotch whisky; indeed, the award winning bar was the recipient of the accolade “Whisky Bar of the Year” in 2014. The reason for The Bow Bar’s success lies not only in its extensive whisky selection but also the expertise and friendliness of the staff behind the bar, who are always happy to talk guests through the range and offer

suggestions. With more than 320 malts on the mahogany gantry there is always a core of popular and familiar names, but the pub’s philosophy is experimental, featuring single casks, various finishes, new releases, requests, recommendations, whims and fancies. The bar also offers real ales served from a row of gleaming brass tall founts, and has a great selection of world beers too.


Indigo Yard S 7 Charlotte Lane Edinburgh EH2 4QZ 0131 220 5603 Indigo-Yard


ince 1996, Indigo Yard bar and restaurant has provided the perfect setting to enjoy great food and drink in Edinburgh’s West End. This light and airy bar has a warm rustic feel - lots of wood, dark green and interesting graphics feature on the walls. It offers a great selection of beer and wine, cocktails too, and its extensive beer menu can be viewed on the board behind the bar. Staff are also quick to give advice on what’s good and what’s new to try. There’s food

on offer from brunch to late evening, and there are lots of pastries and a selection of mouthwatering macaroons too. It’s outside area is a real draw. It’s a large space, with efficient heaters, and it is nearly as popular in the winter as it is in the summer. The staff are very attentitive and friendly.

The Jolly Botanist O 256-260 Morrison St Edinburgh EH3 8DT 0131 228 5596 The-Jolly-Botanist jollybotanist

ften cited as Edinburgh’s “ginstitute”, The Jolly Botanist stocks a marvellous collection of over 80 gins and boasts an equally impressive cocktail list. Gin enthusiasts can expect classics such as The Negroni, with other more bespoke concoctions like The Last Word, a 1920s cocktail of gin, maraschino liqueur, chartreuse and lime juice. All are shaken with polished skill and poise, and served in exquisite crystal glasses. The bar’s design is

also a feast for the eyes with plenty of small quirky features to look out for. It’s decorated in a quirky mixture of Jules Verne and steam punk, with bursts of olive green, Victorian furnishings and exposed brick walls. The Jolly Botanist serves fresh homemade classic food dishes, but with a twist. All of this made it a worthy winner of New Bar of the Year at the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2015. Jolly good!


The Jolly Judge T 7 James Court 493 Lawnmarket EH1 2PB 0131 225 2669 JollyJudge jolly_judge


he Jolly Judge is a wee gem of a pub that’s hidden down a passageway on the north side of the Lawnmarket that leads into James Court. But it’s not such a well kept secret and is always mobbed, especially during evenings and weekends! The interior is cosy and traditional with low, wooden beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls and nice roaring fire. While it might not play music, The Jolly Judge always has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, making it a

great spot to catch up with friends and enjoy a fantastic selection of draught beers, real ales, a good malt whisky or a tempting pub lunch. It might be small, but it’s packed with plenty of charm and the staff are equally charming. Located just two minutes from Edinburgh Castle, The Jolly Judge is a truly great discovery for both locals and tourists!

Juniper J 20 Princes St Edinburgh EH2 2AN 0131 652 7370

uniper is one of the city’s most vibrant and popular bars with a reputation for amazing cocktails and stunning views of the city skyline. The striking copper-clad bar is the focal point and contrasts perfectly with cool furnishings and a living wall. Grab a stool at the bar, a much sought after window booth or relax in the library. Given the bar’s name, it’s no surprise to see that gin lies at the heart of Juniper’s fab cocktail list. Discover classics with a modern twist, Juniper

favourites that have become classics in their own right and fabulous sharing cocktails. There’s also a good line of boutique gins on offer with some intriguing recommended serves and flavour combinations. A ‘must try’ is the Cocktail Tasting Menu – four creations plus four bar nibbles for £30pp. Their breakfast and street food menus are equally impressive and the library can be hired for private celebrations.


Kays Bar K

39 Jamaica St Edinburgh EH3 6HF 0131 225 1858


ays Bar is a great wee Victorian bar located right in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. It’s a little off the tourist trail but well worth seeking out. It’s small but intimate and you’re guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. Kays has plenty of character and still boasts some of the original fittings from the Victorian-era, including some internal signage, a wall of whisky barrels, wood panelling, and cast iron pillars. Space in the small

bar can get pretty tight during busy periods, which happen often given the quality of cask ales, range of whiskies and tasty Scottish food on offer. But it all adds to the bar’s charm and atmosphere, especially when the rugby is on and the TV takes pride of place. Kays is considered one of the best bars to watch rugby in Edinburgh for a good reason.

King's Wark T 36 The Shore Edinburgh EH6 6QU 0131 554 9260 thekingswark KingsWark

he King’s Wark has been a firm favourite in Leith since it first opened on The Shore over two decades ago. The popular waterfront pub and restaurant is actually housed in one of the area’s oldest buildings, which dates back to 1438. It offers great views of the canal and has plenty of “old country pub” ambiance and charm thanks to its exposed stone walls, low ceilings and crackling fireplace, which all make for a cosy atmosphere. Its menu is packed with

traditional Scottish dishes, sumptuous seafood and Sunday roasts. The pub changed hands in 2016 and is now run by the team behind the award-winning Haymarket gin bar, The Jolly Botanist. Fans of Mother’s Ruin will also enjoy the pub’s fantastic gin selection, which is just about as good as its sister venue, but The King’s Wark bar also has a generously stocked bar with enough beers, wines and spirits to suit all tastes.


Ox184 T 184-186 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JJ 0131 226 1645


his bar picked up the Molson Coors Craft Beer Bar of the year award in 2016 for its great range of craft beer and well-informed bar staff. It’s the sort of bar that allows you a wee taste of a beer before you order it, and with so much choice, it’s just as well. So if a member of staff doesn’t offer this option just ask. Ox 184, is located on the Cowgate

and has a very industrial-chic look. Think concrete, exposed walls,

exposed venting and wood, with a dash of colour. It’s got tables that stretch and stretch – great for large parties or getting to know your fellow drinkers. It also boasts a wood-fired grill and the menu makes the most of this feature. The speciality burger is amazing and food is served til’ 2.30am! It’s open until 3am most nights, with plenty of music and DJs too.

The Paper Mill T 2–4 Westmill Rd Lasswade EH18 1LX 0131 663 1412 The Paper Mill Lasswade ThePaperMill1

he Paper Mill, located overlooking the beautiful River Esk in the tranquil conservation village of Lasswade is a striking, yet informal destination sympathetic to the village’s historical surroundings. Reclaimed materials, screen printed artworks and local memorabilia add to its laid-back feel, while a spacious outdoor terrace leads down to the riverbank. The bar offers a range of craft beers and bartenders also serve some mean cocktails. Food is served from 9am -

breakfast through to dinner and it does a great afternoon tea too. In fact there is no better place during the summer – when you can sit overlooking the River Esk, and enjoy a chilled, refreshing drink and great food. It also hosts its own beer festivals, and has live music regularly – check out its website for more information.


The Queens Arms A

49 Frederick St Edinburgh EH2 1EP 0131 225 1045 TheQueensArmsEdinburgh QueensArmsEdinb


hidden jewel below the cobbles of Frederick Street, The Queens Arms is everything a comfortable, quality pub should be. Its cosy, book-lined interior is the perfect place to relax and socialise at the same time. You can sink into an armchair, dram in hand, surrounded by books from every century; indulge in a well-earned pint after work or enjoy an intimate and cosy dinner for two in one the copper table booths that have their own doors for

added privacy. A true old favourite in Edinburgh, there’s no better place to find tourists mingling with the locals for some top-notch seasonal Scottish dining, rare malt whiskies and cocktails. It’s also a great place to stop by on a Sunday when they serve up their legendary roast dinner but be sure to get there early before it all sells out!

Tigerlily T 125 George St Edinburgh EH2 4JN 0131 225 5005

igerlily is easily one of Edinburgh’s most stylish bars and restaurants, if not its most stylish. It definitely has the wow factor. As you enter the Georgian building you know you are somewhere a bit special. From its gleaming mirrored walls to its ‘shout out’ bespoke wallpaper, gold hues, and rich purple velvet, it’s stylish appearance is backed up by the service and the quality of the drinks on offer. The buzzing bar and restaurant, which opens daily for breakfast, lunch,

dinner and drinks, appeals to all ages, and it’s as popular during the day for business meetings as it is for social occasions. Its infamous cocktail menu has more than 150 mouth-watering concoctions – it will take you a while to work your way through them. A great excuse for repeat visits.


Tonic E 34A North Castle St Edinburgh EH2 3BN 0131 225 6431


dinburgh certainly isn’t short of quality cocktail bars but this lowlit, funk-infused basement bar on Castle Street is certainly up there with the best of them. Tonic boasts a wide-ranging cocktail menu packed with creativity and some inspired homemade ingredients that make the bar’s signature drinks all the more special. Some favourites are the North Berwick Breakfast, made with gin, fortified wine, orange juice and apricot jam, or the Cuban-inspired frothy rum

and pineapple Hotel Nacional. But Tonic’s imaginative bartenders are more than happy to get creative and whip up a personalised cocktail on the fly too. A fantastic place to kick back and relax during the week, Tonic truly comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights when Resident DJs blast out a selection of funky house, soul, hip hop and disco tunes. t: 07960 962 510

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2-4 Hope St Edinburgh EH2 4DB 0131 290 2284 Usquabaebar Usquabaebar


hisky lovers are truly spoiled for choice at Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder. The cosy, intimate basement bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End takes its name from a line in Robert Burn’s epic poem Tam O’ Shanter, that refers to the Gaelic term for whisky or “water of life”. We’re pretty sure Rabbie might have penned an ode to Usquabae’s impressive range of more than 400 whiskies, although the bar also offers speciality gins, vodkas and rums, a range of wines and bespoke

cocktail menu. Its food menu makes full use of Scotland’s larder, serving up dishes like native Scottish crab & salmon fishcakes and a hearty Highland game casserole. All to be enjoyed in a relaxed space complete with comfy, hidden alcove booths and rocking chairs – the perfect place to savour a dram or two.

The Voyage of Buck T 29-31 William St Edinburgh EH3 7NF 0131 225 5748 TVOBedin TVOBedin

his stylish bar in the city’s West End is hard to miss, as much for its sumptuous and eclectic cocktails, and slick yet quirky interior, as the bright yellow piano at its entrance. Run by the team behind popular city bars Hamilton’s, The Blackbird and Treacle, The Voyage of Buck boasts the same welcoming and friendly ambience. Its wide marble bar is the perfect place to sip cocktails, enjoy a bite to eat, and chat with the friendly bar staff. The bar’s concept is based on a fictitious world

traveller from the early 1900s. Buck’s adventures in Paris, Taipei, Cairo, Havana and London informs flavours across the food and cocktail menu and the bar is filled with eye-catching ‘artefacts’ from his travels. Chesterfield sofas, leather booths, cowhide rugs and fireplace help create a feeling of warmth, comfort and class. In some of the bar’s booths customers can grab barstaff’s attention by pressing the button for a quirky lightup cocktail sign - if only every bar had one.


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4-7 North Bank St Edinburgh EH1 2LP 0131 225 7224 whiskirooms whiskirooms


hiski Rooms is a multi-award winning whisky bar and restaurant situated on the Mound. Not only does it have a bar and all day dining bistro/ restaurant, but it also boasts a specialist whisky shop and tasting rooms. This makes it the ideal venue for whisky enthusiasts as the bar operates a ‘try before you buy’ policy whereby any whisky you try in the bar can then be bought from the adjoining shop, which sells over 500 whiskies, gift hampers, Scottish beers

and spirits and gifts, or online at www. Whiski Rooms also runs dedicated tasting sessions run by experts, such as the daily Introduction to Whisky, Whisky and Cheese, and Whisky and Chocolate sessions. But it’s not just whisky this bar excels at; it also offers a wide range of beers, lagers, and premium spirits as well as very tasty fresh Scottish food.

Whiski T 119 High St Edinburgh EH1 1SG 0131 556 3095 whiskibar whiskibar

he award-winning WHISKI is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s première whisky bars. The owners and staff have a genuine passion for whisky. As a result the bar boasts some 270 malt whiskies and this total does not include all of its blended whiskies and whisky liqueur. The bar has rare, vintage and cask strength, and all the major and lesser known brands including many from distilleries no longer in operation. WHISKI specialises in all things Scottish and

is a beautiful traditional bar with an extensive range of Scottish craft beers and cider. WHISKI also holds many events at the bar, including whisky tastings and food and whisky events, and hosts famous Scottish music acts with other live acts playing every night of the week, all year long - great times guaranteed! See its website for more details.


Whistle Stop Barber Shop T 66-67 South Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1LS 0131 556 0954 The Whistle Stop Barber Shop whistlestopedin


he Whistle Stop has swiftly established itself as an Edinburgh favourite among residents and tourists alike. Since opening its doors in 2015 this quirky concept has brought a new level of ‘experience’ to the Edinburgh bar scene: thriving as an American influenced diner, cocktail bar and barber shop all rolled into one. Its memorable and constantly evolving menu includes towering burgers, delicious cocktails, a selection of world beers and an indulgent range of

‘Freak Shakes’ which take the humble milkshake to a whole new level. The bar’s eclectic and funky interior even includes some old-school barbershop chairs where resident “chop masters” offer free haircuts. The addition of live music, resident DJ spots and its (in)famous beer pong table ensures there’s never a dull moment at the Whistle Stop Barber Shop.


Anchor Line A

12–16 St Vincent Pl Glasgow G1 2EU 0141 248 1434 theanchorline theanchorlinebg


nchor Line celebrates the grand ocean voyages of the 1920s and 30s from Glasgow to New York. It is set in the stunning and completely restored Grade A listed building that housed the Anchor Line first class booking offices. The Anchor Line showcases the best of Scottish produce with influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Think fresh oysters, lobster and scallops, the finest scotch beef, ribs and burgers to die for. There is an extensive cocktail list

with classics lying alongside some of its own signature twists, and a drinks list with a strong whisky, bourbon and gin influence. It offers New York and Glasgow craft beers, and a wine list incorporating some of the finest that America and the rest of the world have to offer. It is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and also has private dining facilities. It combines a casual and welcoming dining environment with first class service and produce.

Atlantic L Lower Ground 12-16 St Vincent Pl G1 2EU 0141 221 0220 atlanticbrasserie AtlanticGlasgow

ocated on the lower ground floor of 12-16 St Vincent Place, The Atlantic is a cool and contemporary brasserie restaurant. It showcases the best of French cuisine but also has a full rotisserie and Robata grill in the open kitchen. The menu is a heady mix of contemporary and classic French dishes, from steak tartare and Pâté de Foie Volaille to French onion soup and moules frites. Its rotisserie offers chicken, cooked Provençal style, while the Robata grill serves up perfectly cooked Scottish steaks. The bar at Atlantic is

the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink or for meeting friends and family for a celebration. The cocktail list has a strong French influence but also includes old and new favourites. Atlantic Bar and Brasserie has something for all tastes, all served with a soupçon of French panache. It’s also one of the first in the UK to launch a Low FODMAP menu tailored to customers affected by IBS, which must be ordered 24 hours in advance.


Bag O'Nails

B 165 Dumbarton Rd Strathclyde G11 6AA 0141 465 9920


ag O’ Nails, named after an iconic rock pub in Soho, London, is the first West End venture from the owners of popular Glasgow music bars Slouch and The Howlin’ Wolf. Like its sister venues, Bag O’ Nails offers up a rockin’ and rollin’ soundtrack but this time in a spacious, industrial-style setting that boasts the same laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. The bar’s towering gantry is packed with 250 different bottled beers and spirits, served alongside a great list of

cheekily-titled cocktails. Bag O’ Nails also has a smaller restaurant space – entered via a magnificent mahogany revolving door – where it serves up daily specials, fantastic burgers and pizzas and a Sunday brunch menu featuring all day breakfasts and a good old Sunday Roast. Despite its size, the atmosphere in the main bar is always lively, enhanced by live music five nights a week.

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Bar 91 O 89-91 Candleriggs Glasgow G1 1NP 0141 552 5211 bigbar91 bar91Glasgow


ne of the first arrivals to the Merchant City, Bar 91 remains among the stand-out establishments in the area. Twenty two years after opening its doors, this cosy, bar, independently-owned, continues to prove extremely popular. Its understated, industrial yet rustic dĂŠcor includes flagstone floors and exposed brick walls that create a relaxed and informal setting for customers to enjoy a menu of simple yet well-executed, dishes available through the day and

into the night. Dishes like Vietnamese flatbreads, mezze platters, burgers and Italian sausage ragu accompany a great range of Scottish craft beers served by friendly staff; making this an ideal spot to chill out with family and friends. When the grey skies clear Bar 91 opens out to the cobbled streets, bringing a little European cafe style drinking and dining to Glasgow.

Bier Halle S 9 Gordon St Glasgow G1 3PL 0141 204 0706 BierHalleGlasgow bier_halle

itting quietly off Buchanan Street the Bier Halle is easy enough to miss, though if you’re a fan of world beers then you’ll be sure to make this a must-visit destination. The bar was the first in Glasgow to stock an extensive list of beers from around the globe, and to this day, it remains as popular and busy as ever. As the name would imply, the Bier Halle takes its inspiration from Eastern European bierr halles, offering over 100 chilled ‘biers’, both bottled and draught,

including frequent guests from all over the world. One of the biggest appeals of the bar is its food offers, with the ever-popular ‘2-4-1’ pizza deal leading the charge.


Ben Nevis T 1147 Argyle St Glasgow G3 8TB 0141 576 5204


his bar is a wonderful example of one that appeals to all ages and all types. Its appeal is not just in the vast array of whiskies that line the back bar, but in the character of the bar itself. During the day it may be quiet, but come the early evening and into the small hours this small bar is filled to bursting with people – some enjoying a night out with pals, others with their partners or work colleagues, and many

with their dugs. Yes, the Ben is dog friendly too. It plays host to plenty of live music and also is the perfect venue for pre-and-after Hydro concert drinks. If you do happen to saunter in during the day you can be assured of some quick wit from landlady Elaine Scott, who is a legend in her own lifetime! The Ben, as it is affectionately called, is a great pub.

Bloc+ W

117 Bath St Glasgow G2 2SZ 0141 574 6066 BlocGlasgow

hile other bars have come and gone on Bath Street over the years, Bloc+ has stood the test of time and remains as popular as ever. Located just below street level, it has a relaxed, cool and cosy vibe and is perfect for a laid-back evening catching up with friends over a great selection of world beers and cocktails. Its extensive food menu puts “pub food” in a whole new light thanks to the innovative work of its chefs whose offerings include Irn Bru braised pork shoulder burger

and “Dirty Steak”, a delicious combo of steak strips, chips and caramelised onions smothered in peppercorn sauce. In the evenings, the bar also doubles as a live music venue with free gigs every night of the week showcasing some of Scotland’s hottest new acts, and there’s even space to dance at the weekends. Bloc+ recently picked up the accolade Independent Bar of the Year and you can see why.


Blue Dog T 151 West George St Glasgow G2 2JJ 0141 229 0707 BlueDogGlasgow blue_glasgow


here’s nowhere quite like Blue Dog; not only has it been awarded DRAM’s cocktail bar of the year in both 2015 & 2016, but ask anyone in Glasgow where to go for cocktails in and their likely response will be “Blue Dog”.

It’s a ‘New York’ style piano bar with Glasgow panache; the mood is relaxed and the cocktails delicious. Many an hour can be whiled away in the relaxed and pleasant surroundings and the easy ambiance

created by patrons from every walk of life means this bar has a universal appeal and unique standing in this city.

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11 Blythswood Sq Glasgow G2 4AD 0141 248 8888 blythswoodsquare BlythswoodSQ

verlooking Blythswood Square, the chic and contemporary five star Blythswood Square Hotel is home to a fabulous cocktail bar, on the first floor, The Salon. It provides an idyllic spot to lounge in Harris Tweed chairs while sipping a morning coffee or enjoying afternoon tea as you admire the bar’s stunning glass gantry, white marble bar and the view of the square’s classic gardens. From sharing plates to satisfying sandwiches, The Salon is perfectly suited for snacking

and socialising. The opulent bar is also popular for its inventive and tantalising range of craft cocktails, as well as a wide selection of Scottish single malts, world whisky, beer, wine, and spirits. Located close to bustling bar strips on both Bath Street and Sauchiehall Street, The Salon at Blythswood is the ideal base to start exploring Glasgow’s thriving city centre and exciting nightlife.


Chelsea Market C 1146 Argyle Street Glasgow G3 8TF 0141 339 6909 ChelseaMarketFinnieston ChelseaMarketG3


helsea Market is a stylish new addition to Glasgow’s popular Finnieston Strip in the city’s West end. This classy bar and restaurant feels warm and intimate, despite its high ceilings, thanks to its comfortable interior, which somehow feels contemporary and classic at the same time. There’s plenty of comfortable seats at the gorgeous bar, or you can slide into one of it comfortable booths to enjoy its extensive drinks menu. It’s open from breakfast through to

dinner, offerings a menu of delicious and beautifully presented dishes such the as the hand dived Isle of Mull Scallops served with chicken wing, leeks and black garlic along with some more straightforward options like the CM Fish ‘n’ Chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce or the Chelsea Market sausage with potato puree, red cabbage and crispy shallots.


T 239 North St Glasgow G3 7DL 0141 221 0061 Chinaski’s

he effortlessly cool Chinaski’s opened eleven years ago but it’s one of the few hip bars that is as popular today as it was when it first opened. The bar, which is named after cult US author Charles Bukowski’s character Henry Chinaski, has various memorabilia relating to the author dotted around. But its the general ambience, range of bourbons and staff who have a laid-back but efficient manner that keeps folk coming back. The bar also boasts a great beer

garden at the rear which is always popular in the summer. If you’re in for food, this place does a mean burger and an excellent macaroni cheese, but it also has lots of other tasty dishes. Come the weekend Chinaski’s hosts resident DJs, making it the perfect preclub venue for its sister nightclub, The Berkeley Suite, which is conveniently located just next door.


Dakolta Lux T 179 W Regent St Glasgow G2 4DP 0141 404 3680


his opulent bar opened last year and is the latest venture from industry veteran Ken McCulloch, who was originally behind One Devonshire. As you would imagine, with these credentials, this bar is a sophisticated offering. The lounge area is comfortable and very discreet, all luxurious upholstered chairs and dark panelling. The bar, which stretches the width of the area, is perfect for perching on high stools while watching the expert

mixologists create a classic cocktail. There is also a champagne lounge area which boasts large black and white prints of the raconteurs of the 50’s and 60’s and comfortable seating – think rich velvets and classic design. The bar at the Dakota Deluxe is like a cocoon – you can’t tell what time of day or night it is once you are ensconced. This is the sort of bar that you would definitely dress up to go to.

Distill A

1102 - 1106 Argyle St Finnieston G3 7RX 0141 337 3006 distillglasgow DistillGla

haven for Glasgow’s rum drinkers, Distill is in the very heart of the city’s trendy Finnieston area. As well as a dazzling array of global rums, Distill also serves up a range of luscious cocktails, world beers, tequila, mezcal and boutique gins. The bar comes to life at the weekend, with house DJs playing to the young, pre-club clientele in the bar. Meanwhile, friendly staff attend to the regularly booked-out restaurant at the back of the building serving home-

made food at more than reasonable prices. From curing the bacon to fermenting their kimchi, everything is prepared in-house using locally sourced produce from ethical farms and suppliers. Come the weekend, Distill also offers a hearty brunch menu and an enviable Bloody Mary list for anyone looking to cure what ails them.


Drygate L Drygate 85 Drygate G4 0UT 0141 212 8815 DrygateBrewery drygate


ocated just a beat from Glasgow’s historic heart, Drygate is a lively and popular spot for a beer, a bite and a taste of modern, 'experiential' brewing. Beneath its unique seven peaks, customers can discover a diverse range of cool, relaxed, industrial spaces: the Beer Hall, the Brewhouse Restaurant, the Event Space, Outdoor Yard and Terrace, Bottle Shop and (of course) the Brewery. Drygate offers a fantastic range of over 300 bottled beers, including Drygate's own brews,

and 26 rotating taps. The Brewhouse Bar & Kitchen delivers a dynamic dining experience, placing customers right at the heart of the action with 'craft beer and food for the soul', and has a large panoramic window that lets customers watch the brewers hard at work. Drygate also collaborates with businesses and brands as diverse as MTV, Craft Beer Rising & Gilded Balloon and hosts many eclectic events, from gigs and industry events to beard competitions.

The Howlin' Wolf L 100 Bath St Glasgow G2 2EN 0141 332 3224 HowlinWolfGlasgow HowlinWolfGLAS


ate-night music bar The Howlin’ Wolf is an ideal haunt for anyone on the prowl for blues, soul, cocktails and rock n’ roll in Glasgow. Voted Best New Bar at the 2014 Scottish Bar & Pub Awards, this popular Bath Street basement bar has gone from strength to strength. Named after an iconic American blues singer, Howlin’ Wolf has a chilled out, welcoming vibe. It offers an everevolving range of craft and world beer, as well as a of range of spirits and

a packed cocktail menu. Food-wise, Howlin’ Wolf serves up a little slice of Americana filled with stacked burgers, tacos, fajitas, chilli and gumbo, served alongside popular dishes like thin and crispy pizzas and fish and chips. It’s also a great spot for live music, hosting blues and rock bands most nights until late, while the food continues with eclectic bar bites like haggis tempura served until 2am.


The Lismore T 206 Dumbarton Rd Glasgow G11 6UN 0141 576 0102


he Lismore Bar is one of the most popular bars in Partick and the West End. It has a traditional look but a unique character. It’s the sort of pub that the people in it outshine the décor – its not just the punters that are characters but the staff are too. It has a back bar which groans under the weight of hundreds of whiskies, and when the malt of the month special is on, its customers ensure that there’s hardly a drop left. It is split into two sections - the main public bar, and a

few steps up there is a comfortable lounge bar, which is more intimate, with dimmed lighting and its own wee bar. The mens toilets are a quirky and pay homage, if that’s what you call it, to three men involved in the Highland Clearances – always a talking point. Another talking point is the live music – always a treat.


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60 Candleriggs Merchant Sq G1 1LE 0141 553 1488 MetropolitanCocktailBar MetGlasgow


etropolitan is one of the most stylish bars in the Merchant City, and its longevity is testament to the bar’s appeal to the cosmopolitan crowds that the area attracts. The fabulous venue itself is vast, featuring a cocktail bar, a 150-cover restaurant and balcony area as well as an upstairs, chilled-out, piano lounge. Metropolitan has made its name with its cocktails and the menu is extensive, featuring original house creations alongside the classics, and the staff are more than happy to

mix you up a drink of your choice should you not see it listed. Drinks and bar food can be enjoyed in Metropolitan’s Courtyard area, situated under the sparkling lights of the vibrant Merchant Square, or pop upstairs to its Scottish balcony restaurant for a more elaborate meal. The main bar also hosts resident DJs every Friday and Saturday, making Metropolitan the perfect location to begin your weekend in style.


One Up O 23 Royal Exchange Sq Glasgow G1 3AJ 0141 225 5612 One Up Glasgow OneUpGlasgow1


ne Up is a versatile venue suited for any occasion, whether it’s lunch, cocktails, private parties or clubbing. Glamorous and opulent, the main bar is a vibrant social hub every day of the week, and also houses one of the city’s most individual and luxury smoking areas. The curved window booths in the main bar offer fantastic views over Royal Exchange Square, a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of fizz. One Up also specialises in tailoring individual nights out in its

multiple private function spaces. Bar 2 is a smaller bar for groups of up to 50, while The Club can host up to 110. For a fun night out, One Up’s Party Pad, a private karaoke room for up to 15 people, is a popular choice. The late night bar also turns into a fantastic club on Friday and Saturday nights, making One Up a one-stop destination for a glamorous weekend in Glasgow.


Oran Mor O Top of Byres Rd Glasgow G12 8QX 0141 357 6200 OranMorGlasgow OranMorGlasgow


ran Mór has long been a popular spot in the city's West End and always has a lovely atmosphere. The spacious and lively pub, restaurant and events venue, is housed in the magnificent former Kelvinside Parish Church. The warm and welcoming Whisky Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a dram and a wee blether, while The Brasserie Late Night Bar is a sophisticated spot to sip cocktails and champagne. Its two restaurants satisfy every culinary need, from breakfast and

light dishes, to full A La Carte dining with an eclectic range of dishes using Scotland’s finest seasonal produce. Òran Mór boasts a spacious and stunning events space that has hosted plenty of top bands and shows over the years and is home to the popular and entertaining A Play, A Pie & A Pint theatre series. Come the weekend, The Club Room downstairs opens as one of the West End's top clubbing locations. What more could you want?


The Piper Bar T 57 Cochrane St City Centre G1 1HL 0141 552 1740 ThePiperbar


his friendly, traditional style Scottish pub in the heart of Glasgow is ideally located on the south-east corner on George Square, making it an ideal spot for tourists and locals alike. The Piper is well known for its great atmosphere and live entertainment. As a proud Scottish whisky bar, it stocks over 120 malts from every Scottish distillery and all the blends, so there’s something to suit all tastes. It also runs regular tasting events in its function suite, with whisky professional on hand to answer questions

and let customers sample some magical malts. Aside from whisky, the bar also serves an excellent selection of Scottish gin, beers, wines and bourbon and has fabulous food served daily until 9pm, with traditional favourites and Scottish tapas for something more unique. The Piper also offers excellent private function facilities for all occasions in its first floor suite which has commanding views of George Square


The Pot Still T 154 Hope St Glasgow G2 2TH 0141 333 0980 ThePotStillGlasgow potstillglasgow


he award winning Pot Still is one of Glasgow’s best loved pubs and it’s not just because of its superb selection of whisky – some 700 bottles in total. A great range of whisky doesn’t guarantee you repeat custom if you don’t have staff with whisky knowledge who are keen to share it...but there’s no fear of that at the Pot Still! The Murphy family go above and beyond with their customer service and always take the time to get to know their customers likes and

dislikes. Their passion for whisky is there for all to see, and it’s a pleasure to see them at work. That’s why the pub picked up the DRAM accolade Whisky Pub of the Year 2016. Of course the Pot Still doesn’t just serve whisky but it also has rotating guest ales on hand pulls and in bottles, hardto-find German beers and premium spirits. A short food menu is available too.


Rogano R 11 Exchange Pl Glasgow G1 3AN 0141 248 4055 roganorestaurant roganoglasgow


ogano is a true Glasgow institution and is one of the top places to head to in the city for sumptuous seafood. Established in 1935, Rogano is Glasgow’s oldest surviving restaurant and arguably its most famous. The distinctive Art Deco design, inspired by the Queen Mary ocean-liner built on the Clyde the same year Rogano opened, remains as a nod to the restaurant’s past. It provides a distinctive 1930s ambience, while the elegance of the interior is matched by the immaculately

dressed and courteous staff. Although Rogano founded its reputation on top-quality, fresh seafood, the Oyster Bar serves up classic cocktails and Champagne by the glass for visitors wishing to enjoy a drink in good company and relaxing surroundings. The outside terrace area is particularly popular in the summer, while a small dining room is available downstairs for those looking for a private meal with friends.


Saint Lukes S 17 Bain St Calton G40 2JZ 0141 552 8378 StLukesGlasgow stlukesglasgow


aint Luke’s is a vast and vibrant music and arts venue in Calton in the east end of Glasgow that was a finalist for Best New Venue at the 2016 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards. Located just a short walk from the Merchant City, it is housed in the restored and converted St Luke’s Parish Church, and has retained some original features. The stained glass windows and pipe organ display, dating back to the early 1800’s, make its a truly unique and memorable music and arts venue

that regularly hosts a wide range of events, from live music to film nights. Next door, the spacious Winged Ox Bar & Kitchen offers “an eclectic range of food for the soul” and an excellent selection of craft beers and spirits in an informal dining space with wooden bench seating and an industrial style décor. Despite its size, this place is packed most weekends so make sure you head down early to secure a seat.


Shilling Brew Co S 92 West George St Glasgow G2 1PJ 0141 353 1654 shillingbrewingco shillingbrewco


hilling Brewing Co is one of the newer additions to Glasgow’s burgeoning craft beer scene, and has already gone down a storm with customers. You can tell its good as the big venue is always packed and buzzing at the weekend. It has an industrialchic décor complete with a marble bar and unique unicorn mural, as well as a fantastic selection of beers, some of which are brewed on-site. The city centre brew pub on West George Street serves its own core range of beers

inspired by Glasgow, that are designed to be enjoyed fresh – created in a brewing room in the pub’s basement, to which guests can also book tours. Those struggling to pick from the Shilling Brewing Co’s core range are in luck, as the pub helpfully offers serving flights of beers, as well as a range of woodfired pizzas and calzones to accompany them.


Tabac T 10 Mitchell Lane Glasgow G1 3NU 0141 572 1448 tabac.glasgow GlasgowTabac


ucked away on Mitchell Lane, Tabac bar stands out with its French-style signage which alerts you to the fact that something is going on inside – without which you might walk straight by. But don’t. This ultrachic French-brasserie inspired bar is what us Scots call a ‘wee gem’. It’s retro stylish, with a cool crowd which crosses all age ranges. It’s got atmosphere, no doubt helped by the fact the lighting is not too bright. It also has lots of quirky lighting, and vintage style memorabilia.

Behind the bar, Tabac offers a selection of European and Scottish beers, wine and cocktails. Its menu is packed with some comforting classics like mac n cheese and sausage and mash as well as pizzas, burgers and small plates. At night the music ramps up and it adopts a more energetic feel, but if it is more of a chat you are looking for the wee Panther bar through the back is perfect.


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89 Dumbarton Rd Glasgow G11 6PW 0141 334 6746 vinyard28 VinYard28


his bar and kitchen in Glasgow’s West End opened on Vinicombe Street in Summer 2016. It's inviting even before you step inside, thanks to a cute white picket fence that marks off a suntrap terrace at the front of the building that doubles as a fantastic spot for al fresco summer dining - and a tranquil one too as it’s set beside a pedestrianised street. The place looks great inside too with a cool mix of recycled and vintage lighting, distressed brickwork, chunky wooden furniture and

a lovely log fire that will be a popular feature in the winter months. Vinyard 28 offers a creative cocktail menu and great beer selection, but you can dine there too. Open for lunch, brunch, tapas and evening meals, its tempting food menu includes tapasstyle selections of salads, fish and meat alongside larger portions like succulent lamb rump with borlotti and green beans or crab and chilli linguine.


Island Bars

Ballygrant Inn

H Ballygrant Isle of Islay PA45 7QR 01496 840 277 BallygrantInn ballygrantinn


ome to seven distilleries, Islay is a true haven for malt whisky enthusiasts, as is the island’s awardwinning whisky bar. The Ballygrant Inn a past winner of the accolade Whisky Bar of the Year. Located just outside the village of Ballygrant, this charming and rustic establishment is surrounded by nature and run by the Graham family. As you’d expect, it boasts an exceptional list of over 600 whiskies displayed pride of place in a stunning hand-carved wooden gantry. Guests can cosy up with

their favourite dram next to the inviting wood burning stoves located in both the bar and lounge after a day exploring the island, including nearby distilleries Bowmore and Lagavulin. The Ballygrant’s popular restaurant showcases the best of Scotland’s larder, championing local produce in quality, reasonably priced dishes like Seared Sound of Islay scallops with a Lagavulin malt whisky sauce and Islay venison and red wine casserole.


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Lamlash Isle of Arran KA27 8JN 01770 600608 driftinnarran InnDrift


ith a seaside garden providing spectacular views of Lamlash Bay and Holy Isle and a roaring open fire, The Drift Inn on the Isle of Arran is the perfect location to enjoy a fresh seafood feast no matter what the weather is like. The menu also features homemade pub favourites whilst the extensive specials board creatively showcases the very best of fresh, local produce including hand dived scallops from Lamlash Bay and lamb from the lush green hills at the

end of the village. A favourite among locals and visitors, The Drift Inn has a sophisticated choice of wines, cocktails, craft beers and real ales. And if you’re into your gin, the bar staff will be happy to help you find a new favourite among 100 different bottles! When the skies are clear, its fenced in beer garden is a truly idyllic spot to sip your drink and admire the view.


The Lochside Hotel 20 Shore St Bowmore Isle of Islay PA43 7LB 01496 810244 Lochside-Hotel lochside_hotel



he Lochside is an Islay institution: a privately owned hotel with a bustling restaurant and a lounge that has been recognised as one of the great whisky bars of the world. With 12 newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms available all year, the Lochside really is the heart of Bowmore. Now under new ownership by Neil Morrison (Macgochans-Tobermory) and refurbished in January 2016 by renowned Scottish designer Ranald MacColl, it has been transformed

back into its glory days with an establishment to suit the service and warm welcome they provide. It serves a fabulous selection of 300 different whiskies, including local and rare bottlings. These can be enjoyed in the relaxed atmosphere of the Lounge Bar, the more traditional pub setting of Duffie’s bar, or the restaurant overlooking Bowmore’s picturesque harbour and Loch Indaal which champions local produce.


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Tobermory Isle of Mull PA75 6NR 01688 302 350 Macgochans Tobermory Macgochans


acgochans is a multi award winning bar & restaurant and renowned as one of Scotlands best bars. The venue has three distinct areas Bar-beag is in the style of an original fisherman’s cottage and showcases a fine range of around 100 Scottish whiskies and local cask ales. It also has a large open peat burning fire. Every week it offers live music, in fact it has everything you would imagine a Scottish Island bar would have. Meanwhile the

Restaurant Bar offers a slightly more contemporary setting and is the ideal place to dine.

The menu showcases the finest of locally caught seafood and home reared meats. While there is also a function suite upstairs which gets well used. Its location in Tobermory is ideal when the weather is good because MacGochans boasts a 250 seater beer garden. It gets the sun all day long. Perfect!


Stein Inn S Waternish Isle of Skye IV55 8GA 01470 592 362


tein Inn is the oldest Inn on the Isle of skye dating from 1790. It lies on the shores of the sea loch of Loch Bay just around the corner from the clan seat of Macleod, Dunvegan Castle. The bar is traditional with a slate floor and wood panelling. There is a choice of over 135 single malt whiskies, and also a good choice of modern Scottish gins. The Inn was also Camra Highland Pub of the Year in 2015. There is a menu of good local produce depending on seasonal availability,

featuring fresh shellfish, highland venison, its renowned battered haddock and numerous other dishes all prepared in its own kitchen. There are bedrooms available all overlooking the loch. The beer garden to the front is the place to be at sunset, you can watch the seductive hues of colour as the sun goes down while you enjoy a sundowner of your favourite tipple.


Perth & Stirling


The Birds The Bees

H Easter Cornton Rd Stirling FK9 5PB 01786 473663 Birdsandbeesstirling BirdsandBees1


oused in an impressive converted farm steading, Birds and the Bees is located a stone’s throw from the historic Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. This family-run bar, bistro and restaurant offers a fantastic, award-winning food menu that has cemented it as a popular choice with locals and tourists alike over the years. The Birds and the Bees’ stylish, cosy surroundings and welcoming dÊcor throughout has an intimate, stylish,

farmhouse vibe with wooden ceiling beams, tartan chairs, stone walls and roaring fires. Its lounge in particular exudes comfort as it is populated with luxurious leather chairs and sofas to sink into. It also has an opulent outside seating area that spans across a courtyard garden, two decking areas and a patio, perfect for al fresco dining when the weather allows. All this paired with reasonably priced food and friendly welcoming service means The Birds and the Bees certainly ticks all the boxes.


The Century Bar at Gleneagles

T Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1NF 01764 662231 gleneagleshotel Gleneagleshotel


he Century Bar is one of Scotland’s iconic bars, and it is the main bar at this five star hotel. Last year it was totally redesigned and it now boasts a brighter colour palette, restored original panelling and new art deco-style lighting all of which say the designers better reflect the history of the hotel. The window spaces have also been opened up to maximise the views of the Ochil Hills. Its menu features more than 120 single malts, vintage champagne by

the glass, cocktails, carefully selected wines and the very best international beers. During the day it is a perfect location for meeting friends for coffee and a catch up, a light snack or lunch. In the evening, this atmospheric space is the perfect spot to relax, unwind, and sample some of Scotland’s greatest whiskies.


Mhor 84 M

Balquhidder Lochearnhead Perthshire FK19 8PQ 01877 384622


hor 84 is the perfect pit stop at the head of Balquhidder Glen. It is a quirky gastro pub and hotel which has a shabby chic look complete with roaring log fires - inside and out. Mhor 84 boasts a small bar area and a restaurant. Food is served all day from 8am until 9pm - all day breakfasts, hearty lunches, cakes and pastries are on offer and the evening menu changes daily! It has a small, but well thought out wine list, and beers to whet your appetite. It also offers live music every

Thursday. Not forgetting its games room which keeps, they say, “the young and young at heart entertained�. It boasts a pool table and juke box, TV and WI with toys and board games too. You could also stay over, the hotel

has seven rooms, including two dog-friendly rooms and family accommodation.


Poppies Hotel P

Leny Road Callander Perthshire FK17 8AL 01877 330329 PoppiesHotel


oppies Hotel is a small but charming family-run establishment nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with a great bar called Cameron’s. This small bar boasts a stunning handcrafted oak bar and gantry that houses one of the best selections of malt whisky in the area. If you have trouble choosing one, the knowledgeable staff will offer you a selection which can be enjoyed on the bar’s special whisky flights. It also has a full range of spirits, a

selection of local beers and an extensive cellar of over 30 wines from around the world. It offers the traditional comfort of good Scottish hostelry with a real fire, and a great bay window which allows you to view the hotel’s lovely gardens. The restaurant offers excellent Scottish contemporary and classic cuisine and the chef uses local produce to create delicious dishes. What more could you ask for?


The Torbrex Inn T Torbrex Ln Stirling FK7 9HB 01786 461832


he Torbrex Inn is a traditional, but contemporary, Inn with hardwood and stone slabbed flooring nestling up to the leather studded bar. Leather high back chairs surround the bar enticing you to get comfortable and enjoy that well-earned pint. Lots of natural wood, ranging from oak to mahogany, adorn the walls creating a feeling of the country pub, but which is set in the heart of the City of Stirling. Its menu boasts a wide selection of foods from pub grub favourites to more

specialised dishes using fresh fish and the very best of Scottish meats and vegetables. Its beer offering includes its own cask ale ‘Torbrex Red’ which has been brewed especially for them by Williams Brothers, together with two other ales that continuously change, and of course the Torbrex Inn offers an extensive wine and spirits range too. Private functions can also be catered for upstairs.


The Wheel Inn T 37 Angus Rd Scone PH2 6RA 01738 551518


he “Wheel Inn Family Restaurant and Pub”, won a well deserved Community and Social Responsibility Award from Diageo recently, due to the fact it provides unique facilities which serve the widest community. It goes out of its way to provide a safe and relaxing environment for everyone, from mums and children to people with disabilities and their carers. This includes a permanent ramp to the bar and restaurant and automatic doors, a garden area which

has wheelchair and pram friendly tables and benches; and a Community Sensory Room which provides a calm and relaxing environment. It also has fixed and hearing loops available to customers. That apart, the bar and restaurant also provides good pub grub and great service. Whether you are stopping by for a scone and a cuppa, or a steak pie and a pint, you’ll find a warm welcome at the Wheel Inn.


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Cheers Cafe Bar C 10 Broad St Fraserburgh AB43 9AH 01346 517620 CheersCafeBarTavern CheersCafeBar


heers Cafe Bar & Tavern is a must go to venue located in the far north east neuk of Aberdeenshire. Winner of over 25 national awards from a plethora of categories including Best Spirits Bar, Beer Quality, Family Bar, Independent Bar, Beer Garden/Outside Area, Smoking Facility, Friendliest Bar and Sky Sports ‘Ultimate Venue’ amongst others, it really offers something for everyone! Spirits are in abundance as the venue offers over 700 different kinds. There is a huge selection of whiskies (malts,

blended, bourbon, liqueur and world) at exceptional prices, with great package deals and malts of the month. Look out for the extensive range of gins (80+), vodkas (80+) and rum (70+) plus they have more than 20 different tonic waters! Great products aside, it’s outside area is also one of the best in Scotland.


Copper Dog A

Victoria St Speyside AB38 9SR 01340 881204 CraigellachieHotel Copperdogpub


visit to Speyside really isn’t complete without a trip to Copper Dog, the busy pub and kitchen in The Craigellachie Hotel. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome in this rustic, traditional pub that prides itself on its exceptional take on pub classics. The menu is built around Copper Dog’s motto “strictly farm to fork” and uses fresh local produce sourced from within 50 miles as a base for a range of tasty and hearty mains that includes sumptuous seafood and a tantalising grill section. Drinks-

wise, there’s a fine selection of beers from local craft breweries alongside popular ales and a large cocktail list that includes some great whisky concoctions. A perfect retreat all year round, the pub boasts a crackling wood fire in winter, and a large sun-terrace for outdoor drinking and dining in summer. Copper Dog is popular with locals and tourists alike, and is a great place to enjoy some live music too, every Thursday to Saturday.


The Corriegarth T 5 Heathmount Rd Inverness IV2 3JU 01463 242730 corriegarth


his Inn was first established in 1840 but today the Corriegarth offers a contemporary take on a traditional Inn, but retains a cosy atmosphere too. The dark burgundy leather seating, and open fire situated in a central stone pillar, combined with hints of tartan and modern Scottish wall coverings, all add to its stylish feel. In winter you can sit by one of its log fires and in the summer its extensive terrace is a real draw. It’s a vibrant and friendly place which

offers quality food. In fact it prides itself on its good value range of pub classics, enhanced each day by a selection of speciality dishes including West Coast mussels. The chefs only use the best produce, locally sourced wherever possible. As well as good food T he Corriegarth offers a fine selection of local and cask-conditioned beers – and of course it also has fine selection of wines and spirits.


Finsbay T 44 Main St Milngavie G62 6BU 0141 956 6016 Finsbaymilngavie Finsbaymilngavie finsbaygla


he Finsbay is always busy and for good reason. It’s a fantastic, charming place in Milngavie to enjoy everything from tea and cake to cocktails. It has a lovely atmosphere and the interior is a lot of fun too. With many elements sourced from secondhand shops, the design is quirky and kitsch with an eclectic mish-mash of vintage furniture, 70s-style telephones on the walls, and an original old school blackboard spelling out the cocktail list and specials menu. But Finsbay is also

a stylish and comfortable location to enjoy coffee, brunch, lunch, lighter bits and a tempting dinner menu filled with mussels, sharing platters, burgers and posh pub grub. The cocktail menu is always popular, especially in the evenings, but the Finsbay also stocks a substantial array of beers, on tap and in the fridges. Finsbay is dog-friendly and hosts a weekly open mic night and popular gin club every fortnight – truly offering something for everyone!


Fork & Field T 36A Bank St Mid Calder Livingston EH53 0AR 01506 880677 Fork & Field


his quirky pub in the village of Mid Calder has become a popular local since it re-opened as Fork & Field in Spring 2016. The country inn-styled gastro-pub boasts a bright and eclectic interior which, combined with original features like its crackling fireplace and original exposed brickwork, makes for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A great cask ale selection stands pride

of place in the pub’s drinks offerings, while it also has a mean wine list and

awesome cocktails. The Fork & Field lives up to its name food-wise with a menu packed with classic, home-cooked dishes made with quality ingredients from first class suppliers including butcher Shaw’s of Lauder and fish from Lowrie’s of Anstruther. As you savour your food and drink, keep an eye out for the pub’s lovely peacock mural which boasts some very unusual feathers – inspired by the pubs name!


The George Hotel T Main Steet East Inveraray PA32 8TT 01499 302 111


he George has always had an enviable reputation for ambience, friendliness and its cuisine. With its original solid stone flagstone floors and four roaring log and peat fires, it is a lively haunt for both local characters and visitors alike. It offers 100 malt whiskies, an extensive wine list and real ales, and has earned its rightful place in the Good Pub Guide and the Good Beer Guide. The chef uses the very best of local quality - well hung West Highland beef

and lamb, seafood and fish bought from the local fishing port of Tarbert, and the famous Loch Fyne salmon. These ingredients are used imaginatively and simply, to produce well cooked meals at a fair and reasonable price. The hotel has been in the Clark family since 1860 with generation seven now in charge and they still are as hands on as ever.


Goblin Ha' T

he Goblin Ha’ Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Gifford and is named after an underground chamber in the nearby ruin of Yester Castle. The atmosphere in this pretty family Main St Gifford EH41 4QH 01620 810244 GoblinHa


run hotel is very friendly and informal, and the excellent and imaginative food is all prepared on the premises from local fresh produce where possible. Food is available from breakfast all the way through. The bars are cosy and inviting, and

you can dine in the bar area or in the spacious conservatory style restaurant area. Behind the hotel there is a large patio and garden, which is perfect for al fresco dining during the summer. You can also enjoy a fine selection of wines and beers too. And, of course, if you decide to make a night of it you can always book in, the hotel has seven very nice bedrooms. Perfect for a weekend away.


The Grove A

7 Millersneuk Ave Kirkintilloch G66 5HJ 0141 777 7611 TheGroveLenzie


n extremely stylish new addition to Lenzie, The Grove, has all the makings of a true destination spot in East Dunbartonshire. A huge investment has transformed the former Carriage’s Bar and Irrocco into a large, luxurious and comfortable restaurant and bar complete with an additional rooftop terrace which opens in the summer. The separate bar has a plush art deco feel while the split-level restaurant is truly luxurious; filled with plush leather booth seating. A perfect spot for breakfast,

brunch, and casual evening dining all week long, The Grove’s menu has a strong Italian influence, serving delicious pastas, pizzas and risottos and freshly made cakes and pastries served in its very own bakery. Another lovely touch is the numerous black and white photos of well-known local places and faces dotted around the restaurant, reflecting The Grove’s strong sense of community coupled with an unwavering emphasis on professional, quality service.


The Lord of the Isles C Craobh Haven Lochgilphead PA31 8UA 01852 500658 LordoftheIsles1 Lordoftheisles1


raobh Haven’s village pub, the Lord of the Isles, is ideally placed on the north side of the Craignish peninsula between Oban and Lochgilphead which gives it some truly spectacular views of Scotland’s west coast. It was named Scotland’s “Best Window with a View” by for good reason! Its enticing menu is inspired by its location and packed with freshly-caught, local seafood and shellfish, such as its popular seafood stroganoff. Inside the Lord of the Isles has bags of character

and plenty of original stonework and fireplaces to cosy around, making its philosophy of “Eat Drink Relax” very easy to follow. Take a seat on its terrace for unrivalled views of the marina and the surrounding islands, made all the more stunning when the sun sets. It’s also a popular place for man’s best friend, having been named Dog Friendly Pub of the Year at the 2016 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards.


The Old Bridge Inn S 23 Dalfaber Rd Aviemore PH22 1PU 01479 811137 theoldbridgeinn oldbridgeinn


ince 2009 The Old Bridge Inn has been bringing an inspired cocktail of premium drinks, first rate cuisine and live music to its cosy setting, on the banks of The River Spey. Described as ‘a community pub, with international standards’, the Inn was a 2016 finalist in DRAM magazine’s National Gastro Pub of the Year Award and winner in the same category (North) at The Food Awards. Recent renovation has enhanced the style and comfort, in this popular

Highland gem, frequented equally by locals and visitors. Along with the thoughtfully developed soundtrack and regular live shows, over 100 malt whiskies, five real ale pumps, home-made liqueurs and infusions, daily newspapers and a stack of board games and old books make up The OBI’s box of tricks. Sit back and let this creative and passionate team deliver you an unforgettable experience.


The Tower T 81 East High St Crieff PH7 3JA 01764 650050


he Tower is a family run gastro pub in Crieff which is well worth a visit. It offers a cosy, yet lively atmosphere, and its bar has an excellent range of whiskies – more than 100 in total, and a fine wine list, local beers – craft and cask, and a wide range of gins. The adjacent bistro style lounge is perfect for lunch and dinner, with the menu catering for all tastes, as well as weekly ‘Food for Thought’ specials. It’s pièce de résistance, however, is a stunning south facing garden, which also has a

sheltered ‘Sitooterie’ and a play area for children, which has been extended to include space to play Petanque (French Boules) – it really is a fantastic outside area. As you’d expect the staff offer great service, nothing is too much trouble. If you need accommodation The Tower has studio apartments for let too.


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