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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: Lunch, Drinks
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
Friendliest pub in town

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Francesca121
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My sister and I stopped in for a quick drink as we didn't have much time and we wanted to see the bar of the old Cross Keys hotel. Our uncle's family used to own the hotel and our dad worked there many years ago. We were so lucky to have sat beside Dennis, a local and regular, who remembered... More 

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

very friendly wee place - our favourite pub in St Andrews (and there are a lot!). Staff really friendly and I love the fact that it's always busy with locals and tourists. Great selection of drinks and very reasonable.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Cracking wee bar in the heart of the town Not one for the feint hearted or hoi poloi ... just a good honest old fashioned pub

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Can totally understand why The Keys won best pub award, so very well deserved! So friendly & welcoming, Claire & the staff are great & a selection of whiskies second to none!

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scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

On a cold windy day in June we were visiting St. Andrews . We had our 2 dogs with us so we're looking for somewhere we could shelter with a wee refreshment. Came across the keys asked and was told dogs welcome but if we misbehaved we would be chucked out but the dogs could stay, brill... Staff were great,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

excellent friendly welcoming great little bar will most certainly be back have visited st andrews often and have never visited before but after this visit will def be back and will tell all my friends about it

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

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We really do appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you back again xxxxx More 

Devizes, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A very friendly family run bar with very helpful and courteous staff. If you are a whiskey drinker, this little bar has a great selection. The bar is very popular with locals and they make everyone welcome. I can reccommend this as a great bar for tourists to visit and enjoy the atmosphere. This is not a restaurant, but they... More 

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

I'm super glad you had a great experience with us and our locals xx we are truly lucky with all our great customers, it makes our job so enjoyable it's not really work it's like having the family round for drinks. I'm a sucker for malt whisky so I do try to have a wide range of different regions available... More 

Calgary, Canada
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Lots of locals, great selection of beer and whiskey. Did not have food but looks more like a drinking establishment then for food

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

Thanks for your comments, we really do thank you for your lovely words. I'm glad you had a great time. I'll have some new malts when you come back xx I'm starting to struggle with room tho, I'll have to call the joiner back for more shelves. 180 malts and growing everyday. LOVE MALT WHISKY!!!!! Xxxx More 

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

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

Price and Cuisine

  • 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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