Catching up with friends and family can be a lively affair given the right setting – and these Scottish bars certainly offer a warm welcome to all
Malone’s is instantly recognizable as an Irish bar. Dark wood light fixtures, whiskey barrel designs, and traditional bric-a-brac announce the character of this cozy spot. Add to that the warm welcome of the staff and it is the promise of good times thanks to a formula repeated all over the world.
What sets Malone’s apart is its admirable commitment to serving quality comfort food. Although you probably go here to watch football games or catch a live band with friends, the menu also deserves a mention. Their wraps and sandwiches include burritos, chicken salad, pulled pork and grilled halloumi vegetables, ensuring something for everyone. Included in their lunch offering are all-time classic burgers, including barbecue, Cajun chicken, and even a hot dog, with their dirty fries ranging from garlic cheesy to chili beef, pulled pork, and Sriracha style.
Malones also offers a three-for-£10 small plate option that includes six wings, mac and cheese bites, falafel bites, haggis balls and chicken fillets.
The drinks menu completes the offer with an extensive range of gin and whiskey, including their own brand Malones Triple Cask Irish Whisky.
The impact of the three casks is evident. On the nose, the whiskey imparts fresh citrus alongside crisp vegetal notes, oak spices turn into hearty dried fruit cake and on the palate green apples evolve into demerara sugar and caramelized pear, ending with an autumnal impression of spices, sweet apple, cinnamon and silky vanilla. .
The St Andrews criterion
The Criterion is nestled in the heart of historic St Andrews, the bar has been in place since 1874. The clientele is varied: locals, students, university professors, day trippers, tourists and golfers, you never know who you are going to fall on. The Criterion has a small footprint but packs a mighty punch when it comes to product range, with over 500 products, with a focus on local Scottish produce, of which over 160 are whisky, you won’t miss no choice whatever your drink.
With indoor and outdoor seating, you can have a drink and watch the world go by, or if you’re more adventurous why not try one of their ‘Whisky Flights’? Highlighting the difference in taste, aroma, color and age, the most popular flight is The Regions, which highlights the differences between whiskeys from all regions. Starting with Auchentoshan 3 Wood, Ardbeg, Glen Garioch, Longmorn and Glen Scotia, this pairs perfectly with the famous Cri Pie which is served until midnight.
Open and licensed from 10am daily, with a menu made from local ingredients and suppliers, you’ll taste the best of Scotland. Whether it’s whisky, beer on tap or food, there’s something for everyone.
The Keys Bar St Andrews
A family pub since 1979, the Gordon family has gone from strength to strength, proud of exceptional service, a huge selection of produce and a fantastic atmosphere. It’s the only real independent traditional family bar in St. Andrews.
Claire and her amazing team at Keys Bar in St. Andrews have won the award for ‘Scotland’s Best Whiskey Bar 2017’. Winner of the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards, it was the back of their ‘Best Pub of the Year’ in 2014.
With over 300 malt whiskeys for customers to choose from, there is a whiskey for everyone, from malts of moments to rare 30 year old whiskies. If you are unsure about malt whiskeys or any of the products we will give you small samples for you to try before you buy and we now have over 60 gins to give whiskeys a run for their money – as well as a great selection of Scottish beers and spirits.
The Keys pride themselves on keeping their prices competitive. Toasts, steak and gravy pies, a selection of teas and coffees are available seven days a week. Join their fun dominoes competition on Tuesday nights, with quiz nights and darts also on the program. The Keys love everything about St. Andrews, whether it’s the golf, the restaurants, or just the places to go that they like to share.
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