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The Keys Bar

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87 Market St, St. Andrews 01334 472414, Scotland
KY16 9NX
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Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch
Description: We have just been to an award ceremony picking up the best pub in Scotland...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Awesome pub!!!

This is a must-visit pub in St. Andrews. The staff are terrific - particular mention of Marta, who is a sweetheart. One of the largest selection of single malt scotches we have ever seen - anywhere. Even better, one can sample any of the sootches free of charge. The prices are denoted by the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Clive L
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a must-visit pub in St. Andrews. The staff are terrific - particular mention of Marta, who is a sweetheart. One of the largest selection of single malt scotches we have ever seen - anywhere. Even better, one can sample any of the sootches free of charge. The prices are denoted by the colour of ribbon on the bottle,... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Just enjoy a great gin, at least one of a humongous selection of whiskeys or a great pint poured with a smile. Never feel more at home than I do in this little pub! Haste me back!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This small and homey pub has over 200 liquors and several beers to choose from. Our bar maid Marta, was friendly and offered us tastes of many whiskies while we sat at her bar and visited with locals. Voted Best Pub in 2014, this place is a jewel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

just a pub no glamour basic food locals & tourists drinking nil special UNLESS you are a whiskey connoisseur - well if so just say so The lady will educate your nose - knock on your palate to wake up - let you taste the whole range of your favourite - then let you order the one you like Never... More 

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Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Staff are so friendly and nothing is to much trouble. Great price and selection of drink. No wonder it won pub of the year

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great little pub with a stellar whisky selection. Reasonable prices for drams and great friendly service. They'll also let you have a wee taste before committing to a dram. Highly Reccomended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

One of the best wee pubs we've ever visited. The local clientele and the staff were so friendly...it truly was a delight. We only had a flying visit but we'll be back soon for a night out and we can't wait :) The quirky golf shoe and caddy bag with potted plants added to the ambience !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We happened upon this bar when we were thirsty for a pint and it was so good we went back a second time that day after dinner. It's small but everyone was so friendly you didn't mind being close to one another. It was very cute that dogs were welcome to accompany their owners. After dinner my husband was able... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Friendliest pub in town. Particularly when you have the owner Clare, and Marta / Skye / Laura behind the bar. The diverse nature of the clientele, whether it be regulars, visiting golfers from all over the world. This our favourite bar. And always able to rustle up a toastie for the haute cuisine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Super family run pub. Lovely, friendly staff. Visiting during The Open and every evening there has been a great atmosphere with lots of laughter. Will definitely visit again.

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 87 Market St, St. Andrews 01334 472414, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  St. Andrews
  • Phone Number: KY16 9NX

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  • Cuisine: Pub

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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