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Nip inside Scotland’s top whisky bars

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elcome to our second edition of ‘Whisky Bars of Scotland’. As a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’ one of my endeavours is to promote Scotch whisky and where better to enjoy it than in one of our 57 featured bars. These bars pride themselves on the quality of whisky they have on offer and the knowledge they have to share. Great whisky bars come in all shapes and sizes – small, large, historical, contemporary, traditional - but they all come with a warm welcome and great customer service. All of the bars featured naturally have an excellent selection of whisky and, as you will find, a good whisky very often goes hand in hand with excellent beer, a good range of wine, and tasty food too. The perfect package. Obviously there are many more great whisky bars not just in Scotland but all over the world, but this publication, ‘Whisky Bars of Scotland’, will give you a taste of what is on offer for discerning whisky drinkers. Susan Young, Editor

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Contents The Abbey Bar Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06

The Fort Hotel Dundee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Oran Mor Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

The Albanach Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07

Fiddler’s Drumnadrochit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Poppies Hotel Callander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Ardshiel Hotel Campbeltown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08

Fisher’s Hotel Pitlochry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Port Askaig Hotel Isle of Islay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Arisaig Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09

(The Bar at) Gleneagles Hotel Auchterarder . . 32

Port Charlotte Hotel Isle of Islay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Artisan Wishaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Cameron House Hotel Alexandria . . . . . . . . . . . 33

The Pot Still Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Athletic Arms Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

The Highlander Inn Craigellachie . . . . . . . . . . . 34

The Scotch Malt

Ballygrant Inn Isle of Islay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

The Inn on Loch Lomond Inverbeg . . . . . . . . . 36

Whisky Society Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

The Black Cat Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

The Keys Bar St Andrews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Sligachan Hotel Isle of Skye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Bon Accord Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

The Kingsmills Hotel Inverness . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

The Speedwell Bar Dundee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

The Bow Bar Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Knockomie Hotel Forres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

St Machar Bar Aberdeen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Bowmore Hotel Isle of Islay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

The Lismore Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Tannochbrae Stables

The Ben Nevis Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Lochranza Hotel Isle of Arran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Whisky Bar Dufftown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Canny Man’s Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Lochside Hotel Isle of Islay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Tay Bridge Bar Dundee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

CASC Aberdeen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Macgochans Isle of Mull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Teuchters Bar Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

The Ceres Inn Cupar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa Aberdeen . . . . . . . 44

Teuchters Landing Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Cheers Cafe Bar Fraserburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

The Mash Tun Aberlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Whiski Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Creag Mhor Lodge North Ballachulish . . . . . . . 24

Muckrach Country House Grantown on Spey46

Whiski Rooms Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Curly Coo Stirling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

No.1 High Street Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Whisky Bar @ Scotch Whisky

The Drift Inn Isle of Arran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

The Oak Tree Inn Balmaha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Experience Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Eddrachilles Hotel Sutherland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

The Old Mill Inn Pitlochry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Wildest Drams Edinburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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THE ABBEY 65 South Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9PP T: 0131 668 4862 www.abbeybar.co.uk

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A warm welcome awaits you at The Abbey – a traditional whisky bar serving fresh Scottish fayre in the Southside of Edinburgh. The Abbey is a true slice of Edinburgh – locals, tourists, professionals and students create a friendly inviting atmosphere. The whisky list is impressive - over 150 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 for you to drop in for drinks, great food and a bit of banter. There is a broad range of spirits, beers and CAMRA recognised cask ales and they serve fresh Scottish food such as game stew, pigeon and haggis along with traditional pub favourites.


THE ALBANACH 197 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1PE T: 0131 220 5277 www.albanach-edinburgh.co.uk

The Albanach is the self-proclaimed ‘sophisticated city centre celebration of Scotland’. It’s certainly one of the coolest-looking bars in the Capital. Inside, you won’t be able to miss the Albanach’s wall of around 250 whiskies behind the long central bar, with a dedicated menu to make agonising over which one to try just that little bit easier. And this is a bar that takes whisky very seriously with its own

whisky tours, whereby customers can select three or four malts themed by age or location. Real ales, including the occasional guest, sit next to a range of draught lagers too. This Edinburgh favourite is the epitome of Scottish hospitality, with an equal emphasis on the food side of things. Haggis, salmon and venison sit alongside pub-grub classics like burgers, grills, pastas and sandwiches. Whisky Bars of Scotland

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ARDSHIEL HOTEL Kilkerran Road Campbeltown PA28 6JL T: 01586 552133 www.ardshiel.co.uk

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It can be a long and winding road to Campbeltown, and The Ardshiel Hotel provides a whisky oasis for the thirsty traveller. Owned and run by Flora Grant and Marion MacKinnon, hotel guests and visitors to the Usquebaugh Bar are able to sample an array of Scotch whisky – with over 500 malts available. The hotel, originally built in 1877 for one of Campbeltown’s many whisky barons, overlooks

the Loch at the front and Ben Ghuilean to the back. There are also many whisky events and private functions going on the whole year round in the Arran Suite, which can accommodate around 65 people. Homemade food also comes as part of the offering and the Garden Restaurant is open daily, serving up the likes of Kintyre lamb and locally caught scallops.


ARISAIG 1 Merchant Square Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1LE T: 0141 553 1010 www.arisaigrestaurant.co.uk

Arisaig is a contemporary Scottish restaurant and bar in Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant Square. It offers a menu that is full of dishes that make the most of Scotland’s stunning larder. Whether it be langoustines from the West Coast; venison from the Highlands or lamb from Perthshire, Arisaig delivers the authentic taste of Scotland.

Alongside an intriguing wine list, it also has a fine range of local craft ales and, of course, an amazing collection of Scottish malt whisky. Comprising old favourites, independent bottlings and some rare gems, Arisaig’s Scotch collection repays in-depth exploration. It’s knowledgeable staff are happy to help diners navigate it.

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ARTISAN RESTAURANT 249/253 Main Street Wishaw ML2 7NE T: 01698 373893 www.artisan-restaurant.com

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Since opening in 2008, Artisan Restaurant and whisky bar has firmly established itself as a favourite for diners and lovers of whisky. Situated in Wishaw, the restaurant is split over two levels and features a lively atmosphere through the day and a relaxing environment in the evening, making it ideal of both family meals out and romantic meals. Artisan has an amazing collection of over

2500 whiskies which is growing continuously. The extensive array includes everything to suit the connoisseur from the Highlands and Islands and Speyside to the Lowlands. The collection has attracted buffs, not only from Scotland, but worldwide. All members of staff are trained Whisky Ambassadors enabling the staff to recommend and educate customers.


ATHLETIC ARMS 1-3 Angle Park Terrace Edinburgh EH11 2JX T: 0131 337 3822

The pub is better known to the good folk of Edinburgh as the Diggers due to being located between two Graveyards. Local grave diggers used to quench their thirst here after a long day of burying the dead. The current owner is in his sixth year at the helm and has amassed a collection of over 250 single malts. This pub goes a long way to prove that great real ale bars are also often great whisky bars. It has been modernised over the years but is still

traditional with a marble bar top, wooden floors and eight polished tall founts, one of the only a handful of pubs in Edinburgh who still use them. The whisky is served in the larger 35ml measure for taste and quality. They are in their third year of running a whisky festival, over 40 ever changing single malts, 35ml measures for only ÂŁ2.50 each. This is certainly one of the reasons that this pub is so popular with locals and tourists alike. Whisky Bars of Scotland 11


BALLYGRANT INN& & RESTAURANT Ballygrant Isle of Islay PA45 7QR T: 01496 840 277 www.ballygrant-inn.com

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At the heart of Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant is its award winning whisky bar - voted Whisky Bar of the Year at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards 2015. Known locally as Robolls Bar, the whisky bar is popular with locals and tourists alike. The bar is well stocked with a selection of 500 whiskies from Islay, Scotland, and around the world. It also serves a wide selection of draught and bottled beers and ciders, wines, spirits and

soft drinks. Food is well received too with the chef using fresh local and Scottish produce. He is also well known for cooking up some great curries too. The bar is traditional and welcoming, and also has a pool table, dart boards, an extensive whisky library, and a log-burning stove. It is located just off the main road, three miles from Port Askaig ferry port so do drop in. You can rest assured you will get a friendly welcome.


THE BEN NEVIS 1147 Argyle Street Glasgow G3 8TB T: 0141 576 5204 www.thebennevis.co.uk

This award winning, quirky pub offers a contemporary take on a Scottish theme. The wonderful array of whiskies is displayed on a wall that is all higgledy piggledy – representing the mountains of Scotland, whilst the Highland fault line that runs across the floor represents the lowlands and highlands. Apart from looking the part, this bar offers great whisky – close to 300 bottles, good craft beer,

and superb live music sessions. Some call the bar one of Glasgow’s best kept secrets, but it does attract a wide variety of clientele from teachers to journalists and plumbers, and lots of tourists too. It’s quite quiet during the day but at night this place comes alive. Dogs are also very welcome and not only is the bar the past recipient of a Whisky Bar of the Year award, but also has a trophy for Dog Friendly Pub of the year. Whisky Bars of Scotland 13


THE BLACK CAT 168 Rose Street Edinburgh EH2 4BA T: 0131 225 3349 www.theblackcatbar.com

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The 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.


BON ACCORD 153 North Street Glasgow G3 7DA T: 0141 248 4427 www.bonaccordwhiskyshop.com

The Bon Accord pub is the kind of bar you could happily while away an evening in. It has a fabulous selection of single malt scotch whiskies (over 400) and has received various accolades over the years, not just for its whisky, but for its ale too. Current proprietor Paul McDonagh and family have run the ‘Bon’ since 2001. It’s a traditional pub with well trained staff who are happy to advise you on your perfect dram. It is also

a partner bar with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the home to the Glasgow Whisky Club and The Bon Accord Malt Whisky Society. It also does a good value pub meal and its menu boasts all the usual suspects from steak pie to fish and chips. Have a look at their recently opened online shop, www.bonaccordwhiskyshop.com, which specialises in old and rare whisky Whisky Bars of Scotland 15


BOW BAR 80 West Bow Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2HH Tel: 0131 226 7667

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The Bow Bar is a typical traditional pub, with a mahogany gantry loaded with more than 280 malts. There is always a core of the popular and familiar, but their philosophy is experimental. Single Casks, various finishes (within reason), new releases, requests and recommendations, whims and fancies. As well as the many distillery brands, Independent bottlings include Adelphi, Berry Bros, Cadenhead’s, Chieftain’s, Dewar’s

Rattray, Duncan Taylor and Gordon & MacPhail, to name but a few. The staff are enthusiastic about the whole subject and are happy to help you select a whisky to suit your palate. As well as whisky, the pub also offers real ales served from a row of gleaming brass tall founts and a great selection of bottled beers too. Food, however, is limited to lunchtime pies, but its friendly banter and no music policy means you hardly notice.


BOWMORE HOTEL Jamieson Street, Bowmore Isle of Islay PA43 7HL T: 01496 810 416 www.bowmorehotel.co.uk

Bowmore Hotel is situated in the island’s ‘capital’, Bowmore, in Jamieson Street and close to all the village amenities. It is a family run hotel with eleven bedrooms, all ensuite, some newly transformed with bespoke furnishings and luxury wet rooms, and is open all year round. The Hotel cooking makes excellent use of Islay’s local produce including beef, lamb and seafood all of which is served in the beautifully appointed dining room.

The hotel bar, known locally as Lucci’s, stocks a great selection of Islay’s famous malt whiskies. The hotel offers FREE Wi-Fi access along with full oil-fired central heating and double glazing. It also has a decking area at the rear of the hotel for the benefit of smokers and al fresco diners alike with views overlooking Loch Indaal. Bowmore village is home to the world famous Bowmore Distillery, the equally famous Round Church and the Mactaggart Leisure Centre. Whisky Bars of Scotland 17


CANNY MAN'S 237 Morningside Road Edinburgh EH10 4QU T: 0131 447 1484 www.cannymans.co.uk

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The Canny Man’s pub in Morningside is an Edinburgh institution established in 1871 and passed down through generations of the Kerr family. It is a free house, ‘as free as the wind’ as Mr Kerr used to say. This means it has no connection with any brewery and only sells the best of each brewers produce. The Canny Man’s has been given the gold

award by Whisky Magazine for ‘outstanding presentation, promotion and knowledge of great whiskies from around the world.’ Over 240 malt whiskies are available and some are so rare that they can only be found in private collections. Whether you are a complete beginner or want to brush up on your tasting skills, bespoke tastings are available. Book at least 24 hours in advance.


CASC 7 Stirling Street, Merchant Quarter Aberdeen AB11 6ND T: 01224 212373 www.cascbar.co.uk

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Born out of a lack of choice and a general distaste for the norm, CASC is an original concept bar in the heart of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. Focussing on Cuban cigars, craft beer, Scotch whisky and artisan coffee it aims to open its customers eyes to only the very best and the most unusual. The team there have a real passion for all the products they sell and they are happy to share it.

Purveyors of Cigars, Ale, Scotch and Coffee, CASC isn’t just a bar, it is also an off-sales. It’s entire bottled beer selection is available to takeaway with a 20% discount and it has a cabinet of over 100 Scotch whiskies to choose from. The benefit of being a bar/shop hybrid means its off-sale beer and whisky selection is available to purchase until 10pm and its cigars are available until close.


THE CERES INN The Cross, Ceres Fife KY15 5NE T: 01334 828305 www.ceresinn.co.uk

Located in the heart of Ceres and only a 15 minute drive from St Andrews, The Ceres Inn was established in 1721 and offers warm, friendly service and quality, value for money food and drink. The white-washed Inn,which is situated on corner, boasts a small bar and a downstairs restaurant. It hosts regular whisky tastings and owner Lennox Harrower has merged

his love of both golf and whisky to create his own whisky collection – the Spirits of St Andrews malt whisky range. It’s not just whisky the bar champions, it also offers wine tasting, and gin tasting evenings as well as Scottish real ales. It has a beer garden, is dog friendly and regularly hosts live music. It is a good all round traditional inn offer traditional Scottish hospitality. Whisky Bars of Scotland 21


CHEERS CAFE BAR 10 Broad Street Fraserburgh AB43 9AH Tel: 01346 517620 www.cheersbarfraserburgh.com

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Cheers 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! There are six letting rooms and meals available 7 days a week. An overnight stay is also highly recommended to enjoy all this venue has to offer!


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A WEE DROP @ CREAG MHOR LODGE North Ballachulish By Fort William Inverness-shire PH33 6RY T: 01855 821379 www.creagmhorlodge.com

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Situated near the Ballachulish Bridge and Glencoe, this 4 star Visit Scotland Guest House has an amazing Malt Whisky Bar. You can choose from a large selection of Signatory Cask Strength Whiskies, Closed Distilleries, Old Whiskies including Glenmorangie 25 yr, Macallan 29 yr, Redder Still 1984, Poit Dhubh 30 yr, Cragganmore 29 yr,

Mortlach 32 yr, and a Speyside 40 yr, mystery. There is a good variety of whiskies from all regions and prices to suit everyone’s pocket. This unique little bar, with its large loch facing windows, log fire and large sofas, is open to resident’s only, so book early to save disappointment.


CURLY COO BAR 51 Barnton Street Stirling FK8 1HH T: 01786 447 191 www.curlycoobar.com

Curly Coo is Stirling’s only whisky bar, situated a short walk from the city centre. Recently nominated for Whisky Bar of the Year at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards 2015, The Coo is a cosy wee traditional bar which lends itself well to whisky and beer. You will find over 130 malt whiskies to choose from, and owner Mandy will be happy to help you choose your

dram should you wish assistance. Look out for the Curly Coo’s Wee Whisky Festival around October. Local craft kegs, Scottish cider, real ale, bottled beers and an ever evolving selection of Scottish gins... whatever your tipple, you are sure to find something to quench your thirst. You can be assured of a warm welcome when you visit the Curly Coo Bar. Whisky Bars of Scotland 25


THE DRIFT INN Lamlash, Isle of Arran KA27 8JN T: 01770 600608 www.driftinnarran.com

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With a seaside beer garden overlooking Holy Isle and an open coal fire, The Drift Inn provides spectacular views to enjoy with a wee dram no matter what the weather. Arran whiskies are in abundance here, including some old and rare bottlings. Continuing in the spirit of celebrating local

products, the menu and specials board feature homemade pub favourites using the freshest local seafood, meat and produce. To accompany your meal, there’s a large selection of wines, cocktails, and beers including Scottish craft lagers, ales and ciders.


EDDRACHILLES HOTEL Badcall Bay, Scourie Sutherland IV27 4TH T: 01971 502 080 www.eddrachilles.com

The Eddrachilles Hotel is magnificently situated at the head of Badcall Bay – what a view! This former manse is 200 years old and comes complete with stone walls and flagstone floors. The owners have retained the charm and character of the building and also created a comfortable hotel. Guests are assured of a warm welcome at this accredited Malt Whisky Embassy and a relaxing environment to enjoy one of its 140 malt

whiskies. The hotel also boasts its own whisky ambassador who will be happy to take you on the malt whisky journey through its collection. It’s not just the whisky that is first class - the hotel has a super reputation for food too. It offers guests the opportunity to try its homemade sausages and ham – smoked in its own smoke house. The menu also includes superb seafood and beef, venison, and lamb from Highland farms. Whisky Bars of Scotland 27


FORT HOTEL 48 Fort Street, Broughty Ferry Dundee DD5 2AB T: 01382 737 999 www.fort-hotel.com

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The 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.


FIDDLER’S The Village Green, Drumnadrochit Loch Ness IV63 6TX T: 01456 450 678 www.fiddledrum.co.uk

Fiddler’s Malt Whisky Bar is renowned amongst whisky enthusiasts because owner Jon Beach is truly passionate about whisky and over the years has amassed a fine collection. Its famous Whisky Library includes nearly all the named Scottish single malts available from Aberfeldy to Tullibardine. While its top shelf is home to many older expressions, awardwinning drams, Inverness malts, rare whiskies,

and even some international whiskies. One of Fiddler’s Whisky Bar’s specialties is Port Ellen with at least a dozen different expressions open at any one time. Independent bottlers are also represented to show the amazing breadth and diversity of Scottish whisky. As well as the well stocked bar, food is also an important part of Fiddler’s offering, and it has accommodation too. Whisky Bars of Scotland 29


THE SNUG BAR @ FISHERS HOTEL 75-79 Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 5BN T: 01796 472000 www.fishershotelpitlochry.com

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Fishers Hotel in Pitlochry is more than 100 years old, and one of the reasons for its longevity is quality of its offering. As well as the hotel’s public bar, The Coach House, there is also a cosy Snug Bar which has a wide range of whiskies for connoisseurs and newbies alike. There is a restaurant, but you can dine in the Snug if you wish. The Coach

House also offers lunch or dinner from its varied bar menu. There’s plenty of entertainment on offer to from ceilidh’s to live music and karoake too. The hotel benefits from the fact it is situated in two acres of lovely gardens – so as well as enjoying a good dram you can also smell the roses and enjoy a perch on its own Love seat.


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THE BAR @ GLENEAGLES HOTEL Auchterarder Perthshire PH3 1NF T: 0800 389 3737 www.gleneagles.com

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The Gleneagles Hotel is a world-famous 5 star Luxury Hotel. Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star Leading Hotel of the World is home to three championship golf courses, an awardwinning spa, and an exhilarating array of outdoor activities. But if you want to enjoy a malt whisky, head to The Bar. Inspired by the jazz age glamour of the 1920s, The Bar offers a selection of more than 120 single malt

whiskies, vintage Champagne by the glass, excellent wines and the very best draught Guinness. It is the social heart of the hotel. And it’s not the only place you can enjoy whisky at Gleneagles. The Blue Bar at the Dormy Clubhouse opened in 2011, and offers a unique al fresco experience, where guests can enjoy some of the world’s finest cigars and whiskies. The Blue Bar is also available as a venue for corporate events and private functions.


GREAT SCOTS BAR @ CAMERON HOUSE HOTEL Loch Lomond, Alexandria Dunbartonshire G83 8QZ T: 0871 222 4681 www.qhotels.co.uk

The Great Scots Bar at the 5 star Cameron House Hotel doesn’t just look superb, but has an excellent range of whisky too. And you are in good company because the walls are lined with famous Scots from past and present. The horseshoe shaped pewter bar is impressive and the views from the large windows are spectacular. The bar boasts more than 270 whiskies, which includes 17 limited editions. Feel free to perch at one of the

high stools which surround the bar and garner knowledge from the bartenders. Whether sitting at the bar or lounging in one of its comfortable tartan and leather wing chairs or sofas, you’ll find it is the perfect location to enjoy a dram. But with 132 luxurious bedrooms, the Cameron Grill, the Boat House featuring seafood from Loch Fyne, the Claret Jug, and Wishart’s at Loch Lomond, as well as golf and a spa, there’s plenty more on offer too. Whisky Bars of Scotland 33


THE HIGHLANDER INN Craigellachie, Speyside Banffshire AB38 9SR T: 01340 881 446 www.whiskyinn.com

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You definitely won’t be disappointed by the tremendous selection of whiskies available at The Highlander Inn which is now owned by Tatsuya Minagawa. It now offers more than 400 different and interesting whiskies, including a large number of Single Cask Malt whiskies.It also has one of the largest selections of Japanese whiskies available outside South East Asia and a good selection of malt whiskies from other parts of the world as well.

It was one of the first, if not the first, to offer ‘tasting trays’ made exclusively for the Highlander Inn by a local master craftsman. As well as an excellent range of whisky and very passionate and informed staff it also offers tasty beers. There are always three CAMRA recognised cask conditioned ales available. Bar food is available at lunch time and in the evening. You can also enjoy a dram on its large outside patio, weather permitting.


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At The Glenrothes our philosophy is to bottle our whisky only in those years that it reaches the peak of its maturity. We call this a Vintage. Naturally, choosing which of these acclaimed Vintages should be used to create our new Vintage Reserve was a hard task. In fact, with so many of our favourite whiskies available to us, we couldn’t settle on just a few. And as the old saying goes, “the more the merrier”.


THE INN ON LOCH LOMOND Inverbeg Loch Lomond G83 8PD T: 01436 860 678 www.innonlochlomond.co.uk

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The Inn on Loch Lomond is a stylish, contemporary inn, which first opened in 1814. Today it has retained its traditional charm yet, it now boasts modern accommodation, uniquely stylised public spaces, a great restaurant and bar with furniture in a range of leather, cow hide and of course a roaring fire. Its Mr C’s Fish and Whisky Bar and Restaurant, is a novel concept celebrating two things Scotland

is famous for; fresh fish and fantastic whisky. The bar itself is crafted from hand-finished beautiful elm. It has an organic, rustic feel and at the far end there is a roaring fire with oak mantelpiece, which provides the perfect perch to enjoy one or two malts. It is a Scottish Whisky Embassy and has, with the help of Gordon & MacPhail, specially selected whiskies from the top seven whisky regions. So there will be a whisky that suits you.


THE KEYS BAR 87 Market Street St Andrews KY16 9NX T: 01334 472414 www.thekeyspub.co.uk

Whether you are paying a visit to St Andrews for a game of golf on world renowned golf courses, visiting a young member of the family studying at the famous university or simply visiting the sights of this lovely historic town, you would be well advised to make a stop at The Keys Bar right in the centre of town in Market Street. Crowned Sunday Mail Pub of the Year in 2014, it is one of the only independent bars

operating in the town and has been owned and run by the Gordon family since 1979. The Keys’ success can be attributed to owner Claire and her team’s personable, hospitable nature; nothing is too much trouble, and a hearty welcome is guaranteed to all who step through the door. With over 200 malt whiskies available, The Keys Bar is truly one of Scotland’s hidden gems. It is is open seven days a week. Whisky Bars of Scotland 37


THE KINGSMILLS HOTEL Culcabock Road Inverness IV2 3LP Tel: 01463 237 166 www.kingsmillshotel.com

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Historic distilleries have been producing some of the world’s finest whisky for centuries, and The Whisky Bar at The Kingsmills Hotel knows a thing or two about their nation’s favourite drink. With a bar menu boasting over 60 malts and blends from some of Scotland’s most popular

and iconic distilleries, The Whisky Bar, is devoted to Scotland’s famous ‘water of life’. Decorated in warm woods, and with just a splash of old world decadence, The Whisky Bar offers the perfect location to relax and sip a dram or two.


KNOCKOMIE HOTEL Grantown Road, Forres Moray IV36 2SG T: 01309 673 146 www.knockomie.co.uk

The Malt Library at Knockomie Hotel in Forres has a collection of 80 single malts and some unique blends to offer guests. Relax and savour a dram by the fire, or enjoy a personal tutoring by Penny Ellis, who is passionate about whisky, so much so that she is a current Director of the Speyside Whisky Festival. Penny is a well known whisky aficionado and is happy to take guests on a whisky

tour of Scotland from the comfort of their chair. The hotel, which has been owned by the Ellis family since 1987, is set in four acres of gardens and has a very romantic feel. The whisky theme is continued with each of the 15-bedrooms named after Speyside distilleries, each with its own individual theme. While the restaurant at Knockomie has been known to use a dram or two on its menu. Whisky Bars of Scotland 39


THE LISMORE 206 Dumbarton Road Glasgow G11 6UN T: 0141 576 0102

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The Lismore picked up the Wee DRAM Whisky Bar of the Year trophy in 2014. It has an excellent range of malts (200 plus), which is growing by the day, and also does a very reasonable Malt of the Month. It’s one of the best known pubs in the area and has been sympathetically restored. Lovely stained glass windows depict scenes from the Highland Clearances, while the urinals in the

men’s loos feature the men who orchestrated the Clearances. Customers are welcome to pay their respects in the appropriate manner. The main part of the bar stretches almost the length of the building and there is always a lot of chatter going on, while the lounge at the back is perfect for a relaxed drink. It also has an outside area where, weather allowing, you can watch the world go by.


LOCHRANZA HOTEL Lochranza Isle of Arran KA27 8HL T: 01770 830223 www.lochranzahotel.co.uk

If you visit the beautiful Island of Arran to do some fishing, enjoy a game of golf on one of its many courses, hillwalking or birdwatching, you couldn’t find a better spot to take a break than the picturesque village of Lochranza. The Lochranza Hotel, has a spectacular view across the bay and offers the visitor an ideal base for touring. One of Arran’s original

hotels it is tastefully decorated throughout and the kitchen prides itself on using the best of fresh local produce for their traditional style of home cooked meals. The bar has over 500 malts to choose from including the hotels own Eason Biorach. Real ales, a wide choice of light snacks, lunches and suppers are also on offer and if you want to enjoy the fresh air then you can relax in the garden bar overlooking the loch. Whisky Bars of Scotland 41


LOCHSIDE HOTEL 20 Shore Street, Bowmore Isle of Islay PA43 7LB T: 01496 810 244 www.lochsidehotel.co.uk

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The Lochside is an Islay institution. An affordable friendly hotel with a bustling restaurant, a lounge which has a great range of malts, some 300 plus. From the teenage spirit of Ardbeg’s Very Young to the mature flavours of a 42-year-old Black Bowmore, the Lochside’s cellars contain a vast range of bottles showcasing the fascinating range of

styles that underpins the global love affair with Scotland’s national drink. The Lochside has stunning views from its conservatory dining room, a waterside terrace, and a menu offering scallops and langoustines straight out of the sea. If you are staying over, the rooms offer a lovely view of Bowmore’s picturesque harbour. It has a lot to offer and a few characters in the bar!


MACGOCHANS Ledaig, Tobermory Isle of Mull, Argyll T: 01688 302 350 www.macgochans-tobermory.co.uk

Macgochans is one of the best pubs on the Isle of Mull. The venue has three distinct areas - Barbeag 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 offes live music, infact 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 changes daily with the chef using 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! Whisky Bars of Scotland 43


THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL AND SPA North Deeside Road, Pitfodels Aberdeen AB15 9YA T: 01224 861 000 www.marcliffe.com

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The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, is one of only two five star VisitScotland Hotels in Aberdeen and is set in 11 acres of wooded grounds in the western suburb of Pitfodels about three miles from the city centre. With 34 rooms and seven suites this privately owned hotel is designed as a restful, elegant refuge for both the business and leisure traveller. The Conservatory Restaurant offers

seasonal Scottish produce, accompanied by a wine list of over 300 wines. The Drawing Room Bar and Lounge is stocked with more than 100 malts and a scintillating selection of Cognacs, Armagnacs and rare European Brandies. The Drawing Room Bar also has a baby grand piano as its centrepiece and has a warming open log fire.


THE MASH TUN Broomfield Square, Aberlour Speyside AB38 9QP T: 01340 881 771 www.mashtun-aberlour.com

At The Mash Tun you can enjoy locally sourced Scottish contemporary food and Scottish whisky, and stay in one of its five whisky themed rooms situated above the bar area. The bar itself is home to a wide and varied selection of whiskies, both single malts and blends, predominately from Speyside but also incorporating distilleries from the rest of Scotland. Included in this selection is the

exclusive Glenfarclas Family Cask Collection. The Family Casks are a unique collection of 48 single cask whiskies, with one for each consecutive year from 1952 to 1999. There is no other known collection of rare and old whiskies that covers 48 consecutive years from the same distillery. Staff at the The Mash Tun are also welcoming, well trained and happy to recommend whiskies to try. Whisky Bars of Scotland 45


MUCKRACH LODGE HOTEL Dulnain Bridge Grantown on Spey Morayshire PH26 3LY T: 01479 851227 www.muckrach.com

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A Victorian shooting lodge restored to its former glory, where contemporary meets Victoriana. More luxury has been brought to the Cairngorm National Park, since Muckrach Country House Hotel opened its doors. Since January 2014 the Cowap family has restored this beautiful shooting lodge from the bare bones of a soulless granite building into an opulent and lively 13-bedroom

hotel with a warm highland welcome. Relax in the Bar, low-lit with whisky artwork and shelves brimming with more than 70 whiskies to choose between. We have worked with local supplier Gordon & MacPhail to create a discerning collection of whiskies to suit most tastes and represent the Speyside whisky region, as well as the other regions.


NO.1 HIGH STREET 1 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR T: 0131 556 5758 www.no1highstreetedinburgh.co.uk

Situated on the Royal Mile, No 1 High Street is a traditional Scottish pub which offers a hugh selection of Scottish whiskies and cask beers. Food is available all day providing a selection of traditional Scottish dishes alongside contemporary favourites, and of course, vegetarians are well catered for too. No 1 High Street is close to many of the city’s

major attractions making it the ideal stoppingoff venue for a quick drink or a more leisurlely bite to eat. Monday nights are quiz nights, but if music is more your thing, the pub has live sessions four times a week. Locals and visitors alike will find a whisky to suit their taste with the help of the knowledgeable bar staff... and don’t forget to ask about the Malt of the Month.

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THE OAK TREE INN Balmaha Loch Lomond G63 0JQ T: 01360 870 357 www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk

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The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, complete with 500 year old tree, is situated on the East Side of beautiful Loch Lomond, and, on the route of the West Highland Way, it is the perfect base for a visit to the Loch Lomond area. The Oak Tree Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, ice cream parlour, with home made ice cream, and village shop.

This award winning bar and restaurant offers traditional Scottish food, which can be accompanied by locally brewed beers and ciders. The 37 bed and breakfast accommodation can be either above the Inn or at cottages with views towards the loch. Look out for owner, Sandy Fraser’s, latest project: Balmaha Single Malt Whisky (full cask strength 57.1%.) With only 270 bottles produced you’ll have to be fast if you want one.


THE OLD MILL INN Mill Lane, Pitlochry Perthshire PH16 5BH T: 01796 474 020 www.theoldmillpitlochry.co.uk

The Old Mill Inn is a converted corn mill situated in the centre of the Highland town of Pitlochry. It boasts a water wheel in the courtyard which still works. It has a great reputation for fine food, drink and accommodation. The award-winning family owned business has a lively bistro and bar which not only offers a good range of whiskies, but a fine range of ales and cocktails too.

The Inn won Central & Fife Bar of the Year at the 2015 Hotel Awards. One of the highlights of any visit to The Old Mill Inn is its entertainment. At the weekend the bar rocks as live performers take the stage. Friendly and helpful staff are only too happy to tell you about what’s coming up, and if you are staying over, the rooms are delightful with standard and luxurious deluxe options. Whisky Bars of Scotland 49


ORAN MOR Top of Byres Road Glasgow G12 8QX T: 0141 357 6200 www.oran-mor.co.uk

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Óran Mór at the Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, is one of the West End’s most popular and well-known destinations. The Whisky Bar boasts well over 250 malt whiskies, and you’re always guaranteed a traditional warm Scottish welcome in this cultural meeting place. The Whisky Bar hosts open stage nights, jazz sessions and quiz nights. The traditional and informal setting offers a great chance to relax and the Whisky Bar

is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. ‘More than just a Great Bar’, Òran Mór is a popular restaurant, gig venue and nightclub, also catering for weddings and private functions. It is the home of Glasgow’s groundbreaking lunchtime theatre programme, ‘A Play, a Pie and a Pint.’ Òran Mór opens 9am - 2am Monday - Wednesday, and 9am - 3am Thursday - Sunday.


POPPIES HOTEL & RESTAURANT Leny Road, Callander Perthshire FK17 8AL T: 01877 330 329 www.poppieshotel.com

Ramblers and lovers of the outdoor life, as well as those more suited to the indoors and a drop of malt in a cosy bar, are well catered for at Poppies Hotel & Restaurant. Camerons Bar and Restaurant within the hotel is as warming as the whisky, with a soothing and friendly atmosphere. Its range of Scotch malt whiskies is over 120-strong, made up of local and regional standards, and of course from beyond. Directors’ Editions, de luxes, cask strength, and rare

bottles are also on display in beautiful oak casks. There’s also a cellar of over 30 wines that have been handpicked for their unusual qualities. As well as castles and historic landmarks and many other attractions in the vicinity of the Trossachs, the Glenturret Distillery, Glengoyne Distillery, and Deanston Distillery are also close at hand. Accommodation consists of nine individually designed en suite rooms fusing traditional and contemporary touches. Whisky Bars of Scotland 51


PORT ASKAIG HOTEL Port Askaig Isle of Islay PA46 7RD T: 01496 840 245 www.portaskaig.co.uk

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The Port Bar at the Port Askaig Hotel is the oldest continually licensed premises on Islay (dating from the 16th Century) and carries an extensive selection of Islay malts in addition to a display of old and rare bottles. It also has a Snug Bar which is ideal for predinner drinks or a cosy evening with friends. Family-owned and run for more than 50 years, the hotel, with 11 bedrooms to choose from, offers a warm welcome and staff are always happy to

talk about the selection of whiskies on offer. Its Starboard Restaurant offers bistro style dining with seafood a speciality. A full meal service is available in both bars with snacks and freshly brewed teas and coffees available outwith main meal times. The hotel is situated on the harbourside where the mainland and Jura ferries dock and it has the most amazing view from its harbourside beer garden.


PORT CHARLOTTE HOTEL Port Charlotte Isle of Islay PA48 7TU T: 01496 850 360 www.portcharlottehotel.co.uk

The Port Charlotte Hotel and Bar sits prominently on the Main Street in Port Charlotte, one of Islay’s most beautiful Georgian villages, and has a beach-side location overlooking Loch Indaal. This award-winning, whitewashed small hotel boasts 10 rooms, a bar, restaurant and conservatory.Its residents’ lounge and public bar feature open fires where guests can unwind with convivial company and of course a malt whisky. The bar plays host to nearly 150 Islay malts

including rare ones and local ales too. As well as some lovely artwork the hotel also offers live music two nights a week in the bar, which creates a great atmosphere. A few years ago it won the accolade Malt Whisky Bar of the Year from The Good Pub Guide while its restaurant has just picked up a Trip Advisor accolade - ‘Certificate of Excellence.’ The Port Charlotte Hotel may be small but it is very definitely welcoming. Whisky Bars of Scotland 53


THE POT STILL 154 Hope Street Glasgow G2 2TH T: 0141 333 0980 www.thepotstill.co.uk

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This famous whisky pub has had a new lease of life over the last few years, with the Murphy clan now in the driving seat. This iconic whisky bar, which was built in 1835, has more than 700 whiskies on offer and people come from all over the world to visit The Pot Still. It’s not just the whisky collection they come to see and sample, they also enjoy

the banter in this popular howff. The staff know their whisky and are happy to encourage ladies to partake of the amber liquid too – in fact the pub established the UK’s only Ladies-only Whisky Club. Now running for three years it has proven extremely popular. The Murphys really bring whisky to life and are happy to share their knowledge.


THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY 28 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 1JX www.smws.co.uk

Once accessible to members only, the spectacular treasure trove of whiskies at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s venue at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh is now permanently open to everyone. The elegant Georgian townhouse in the capital’s New Town is home to the UK’s largest collection of single cask

whiskies and is a must-visit destination for local whisky fans, and visiting spirits enthusiasts from all over the world. The venue is spread over 4 floors, with the highly acclaimed Dining Room restaurant in the basement. www.thediningroomedinburgh.co.uk

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SLIGACHAN HOTEL Sligachan Isle of Skye IV47 8SW T: 01478 650 204 www.sligachan.co.uk

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It would be hard to find a more dramatic and inspiring setting in the whole of Scotland than the one enjoyed by the Sligachan Hotel. It has the Black Cuillin towering at its back, and the sparkling waters of Loch Sligachan at its foot. Much loved by subsequent generations of visitors and locals, Sligachan is still family owned. Drink in the magnificent views from ‘Collie’s’ Lounge, sample a rare malt in Mackenzie’s Bar, and relax beside a log fire.

The Sligachan Cairidh restaurant serves the finest produce in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. In contrast to the peaceful retreat of the hotel, Seumas’ Bar is the place to enjoy the famed ‘craic’ of the Highlands. It has over 400 malt whiskies on display and a great selection of real ales most of which are brewed on site at The Cuillin Brewery. The thirsty traveller is well catered for here.


THE SPEEDWELL BAR 165-167 Perth Road Dundee DD2 1AS T: 01382 667783 www.speedwell-bar.co.uk

The Speedwell Bar, built in 1903 for James Speed (hence the name) and designed by architects John Bruce & Son, is one of the very few Edwardian pubs left in Scotland. It is the only one in Dundee, that has retained its original shopfront and fittings, due perhaps to their original exceptional craftsmanship, and has been listed for the quality of its interior. All the fitments are crafted of mahogany; bar,

gantry, shelves, panelling and fireplaces. The Speedwell stocks over one hundred different types of malt whisky which are all organised in terms of region and clearly labelled in their appropriate section for customers to see. Also on offer are an extensive range of draught beers with five lagers and a minimum of two guest cask conditioned beers available at any one time. Bottled beers and ciders are also on offer. Whisky Bars of Scotland 57


ST MACHAR BAR 97 High Street Aberdeen AB24 3EN T: 01224 483079 www.themachar.com

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St Machar’s Bar is a very popular watering hole in the heart of Old Aberdeen. It is situated in the photogenic and historic Old Aberdeen conservation area on the doorstep of Aberdeen University and close by Kings College. And because of its close proximity to the University the Bar boasts quite a mixture of regulars, with University Professors rubbing

shoulders with students and locals alike. A special feature of the bar is mirror from the long-gone Thomas Marshall Aulton Brewery which is displayed inside the front door. The pub serves up to four guest beers, frequently from Scottish micros and a very comprehensive selection of whiskies.


TANNOCHBRAE STABLES WHISKY BAR 22 Fife Street, Dufftown Banffshire AB55 4AL T: 01340 820 541 www.tannochbrae.co.uk

Tannochbrae Stables Whisky Bar and Lounge has been called one of Speyside’s hidden treasures, situated in Dufftown the whisky capital, it plays host to more than 350 single malt whiskies. Tannochbrae is a delightful Victorian villa, which has been sympathetically converted into a guest house, restaurant and of course the Stables Whisky bar. You can stay over, enjoy a lovely meal

in the restaurant which boasts a menu featuring the best of local produce, and then retire to the bar for a dram. The bar, apart from the original side panels from the Victorian Stable it is named after, is intimate and the welcome from this family owned business and the warmth of the log fire – make it a perfect setting to enjoy your favourite dram. The bar and restaurant is also open to non residents. Whisky Bars of Scotland 59


TAY BRIDGE BAR 129 Perth Road Dundee DD1 4JD T: 01382 643973

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When the Tay Bridge Bar in Dundee underwent a massive refurbishment before re-opening in 2011, the owner Jimmy Marr was determined not to lose the history and traditional feel of one of the oldest tradtional pubs in the city. And now customers can still enjoy the bar’s entire gantry with its railway-themed mirrors and parts of the original Walnut Lounge

which have been incorporated into the bar. Forgotten gems including an old fireplace and corrnicing have been re-insteated. Dundonian song-writer Michael Marra was a regular at the pub and wrote the song, “Frida Kahlo’s Visit to the Tay Bridge Bar” A framed portrain of the lyrics now hangs in the bar.


TEUCHTERS BAR:A ROOM IN THE WEST END 26 William Street Edinburgh EH3 7NH T: 0131 225 2973 www.aroomin.co.uk

Teuchters is a highland themed free-house with a real cosy atmosphere. It has a great reputation for real ales and of course an extensive whisky selection. It is one of Scotland’s Scotch Whisky Embassies and has more than 90 malt whiskies on offer for discerning customers. You can choose to relax with a dram beside the fire, or sink into its big comfy sofas. It’s a bar that attracts a lot of regulars, but staff are very friendly to newcomers

too. It doesn’t just offer a good whisky range - there are also five cask ale pumps and a wide selection of wines. Downstairs you can enjoy some fine food which has a Scottish twist and the menu also promotes the best fresh Scottish produce. Teuchters has a traditional pub feel with bare brick walls, wood panelling, and a blackboard that runs along the top of the bar revealing the great whiskies and ales it has to offer. Whisky Bars of Scotland 61


TEUCHTERS LANDING:A ROOM IN LEITH 1c Dock Place, Leith Edinburgh EH6 6LU T: 0131 554 7427 www.aroomin.co.uk

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This Leith, free-house pub was formerly the waiting room for the steam ferry from Leith to Aberdeen and really is a great wee find. It’s a bit like the tardis – from the outside it looks quite small, but when you go through the door, there is the traditional wood panelled bar area, complete with a range of 100 malt whiskies and 19 beers on tap. Further through there is a small snug area

which is perfect for watching sport. There is a dining area overlooking its outside area – a large floating pontoon. If it is too cold to eat and drink al fresco, there is an inviting stove in the bar area to warm the cockles. The bar menu offers Scottish staples including seafood and delicacies like haggis, but also offers a ’mug menu’ in which it serves food from a mug.


WHISKI 119 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SG T: 0131 556 3095 www.whiskibar.co.uk

The award winning WHISKI is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s premiere 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. The all day dining bar and restaurant serves the best of fresh Scottish food using the best local produce. It is also a live music venue and holds many events at the bar, including whisky tastings and food and whisky events. See its website for more details. Whisky Bars of Scotland 63


WHISKI ROOMS 7-9 North Bank Street Edinburgh EH1 2LP T: 0131 225 7224 www.whiskirooms.co.uk

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Award winning Whiski Rooms (SLTN Whisky Bar of the Year 2013/14, BII whisky bar of the Year 2014) is situated on the Mound and is quite a unique venue. 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 is 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. You can arrange to take part in a dedicated tasting session run by experts, or treat yourself to a great whisky cocktail. And it is also an Ardbeg Embassy – the only one in Scotland. 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.


WHISKY BAR @ THE AMBER RESTAURANT The Scotch Whisky Experience 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2NE T: 0131 477 8477 www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

Located in the vaults of leading whisky attraction, the Scotch Whisky Experience, Amber Restaurant and Whisky Bar provides the perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. The newly ren ovated Whisky bar boasts over 400 different whiskies from across Scotland, including single malt, single grain and blended whiskies, alongside a range of whisky liqueurs. The bar’s knowledgeable staff are on hand to help guide customers through the vast collection to find

the perfect malt to match their palate. There are also a number of regional tasting trays available, which give a flavour of each of Scotland’s whisky producing areas. In the adjacent restaurant, David Neave and his expert team bring together the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that Scotland’s larder has to offer to create dishes full of flavour and character. A number of food and whisky matching packages are available, alongside the restaurant’s famous Scottish tapas and Dim Sum. Whisky Bars of Scotland 65


WILDEST DRAMS 209-213 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PE T: 0131 226 2289 www.wildestdrams.co.uk

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Wildest Drams specialise in pairing local cuisine with its range of malt whisky and Beer, for the ultimate Scottish experience. Why not drop by the Cellar Bar for a few drams from its collection of over 50 Independent Bottlings from across the country. Every month Wildest Drams brings customers new stock to keep its everchanging whisky menu fresh and exciting.

Looking to learn more about whisky? It also hosts regular whisky tasting events, perfect for beginners or those looking for something unusual. With food served all day, six guest draught beers, over 60 bottled beers spread across two floors there is a little something for everyone too.


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