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The Keys Bar

87 Market St, St. Andrews 01334 472414, Scotland
KY16 9NX
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Ranked #11 of 108 Restaurants in St. Andrews
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Description: We have just been to an award ceremony picking up the best pub in Scotland 2014. We are truly honoured to have great customers who put us forward. We have been trading since 1979 in the centre of st.Andrews. We are a very friendly, family run local bar that strives to make all our customers happy at all times. We are very passionate on malt whiskies with over 100 malt whiskies at any time, with new ones coming in all the time.
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New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped here after eating at the Vic. They have an awesome selection of whiskeys for you to work your way through dram by dram. The cool thing about this pub is that in such a touristy destination its filled with locals. Vocal ones, who will steer you toward their favorite single malt. The bottles are displayed behind the bar and... More

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Largs
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Great Toasties and the friendliest bar staff in St Andrews our new local when we visit the town in the future

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Polmont, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Visited St Andrews Sunday 24th August and found this amazing pub. Claire made us so welcome and provided great toasties as requested. Weather was lovely so we sat outside and watched the world go by. Fantastic!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Oldest pub in St Andrews.The R and A used to meet here.Soak up a little history with your wee Dram.a very friendly atmosphere and staff.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We agree! This was a very fun pub filled with locals and having a rousing good time playing dominos (Tues night) and watching the semi-final for the World Cup. Whenever the German's scored everyone jumped up and down - not sure if they were happy about it or not! My husband joined the domino tournament with a little trepidation about... More

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KeysBar, Owner at The Keys Bar, responded to this review

Thank you both so much for your amazing comments. We are all so glad you had a great experience and I'm glad the locals made you feel so welcome, we're a nice bunch!! We hope to see you again soon even for a wee game of dominoes!!!!! More

North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My group saw that the Keys Bar had just been named the "Best Pub in Scotland" by the Daily Mirror, so we stopped in for a pint and a whiskey. We weren't disappointed! The staff was fun and engaging and the locals made us feel like it was our own neighborhood bar. We went back several times.

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KeysBar, Owner at The Keys Bar, responded to this review

"Best pub in Scotland" Dam straight!!!! Glad you had a lovely time in st.andrews, Hope you have wonderful memories and come back soon. More

St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I recently moved to Scotland from Canada and The Keys in St Andrews quickly became my local. I was immediately made to feel welcome, and seem to make new friends every time I visit. Having recently won 'Pub of the Year' I wanted to share why this unassuming pub deserves this award. The owner Claire and all of the staff... More

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KeysBar, Owner at The Keys Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Andrew, It makes our job easy when we have such great customers. Can't wait to see you again. Claire xx More

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I am not much of one for doing reviews, but the Keys Bar is just a very special place and I felt compelled to put in my 2 cents worth. Marta and Kris (our bartenders for the evening) were both knowledgable, helpful, and friendly. They both took time to help me and my party of four select just the right... More

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Dundee
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193 reviews 193 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

First of all, the pub was okay. Not too expensive, staff good and outdoor seating good to watch the world go by. However, pub of the year? Must have been a slow year. Mrs Benny and I visited with Rocky the Campervan last weekend. Would probably go back.

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KeysBar, Owner at The Keys Bar, responded to this review

We are so glad you had a nice time in St Andrews! We are like one happy family here. We are a traditional pub, with great staff and amazing customers. We try our best to make every person that walks in feel special and that is our aim. All we want to do in life is to make people happy.... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited this pub as it won pub of the year in a Sunday paper competition. On entering, I probably expected more, decor wise. However after chatting with the staff, very friendly and taking in the warm atmosphere, I can see how this triumphed.

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KeysBar, Owner at The Keys Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, I'm glad you had a great time in st.andrews . We don't have glitz and glamour but what we do have is great staff, amazing customers and a warm atmosphere. More

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