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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, Late Night
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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  • 48
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Local feel

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
John S
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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Pacific
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The food and service are absolutely some of the best in Scotland. Also dog friendly. We will return. Our friends go there at least twice per week every week from their home in Dundee.

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Easley, South Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Had toasties and local beers. Couldn't be happier! Locals crowd plus tourists. Stop in for a malt whiskey or frosty beverage.

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Thornhill, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A busy wee pub with friendly staff and punters. Good beer and a huge selection of spirits with very reasonable prices.

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Glasgow
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Superb wee place. Staff were second to none. Very friendly and knowledgeable with the whisky and gin selections. Efinately a must visit place when your in the area.

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Scotland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The bar staff could not have tried harder to create a friendly atmosphere. To the limp lettuce who gave this place 1 star, shame on you. You might, just might here a swear in this pub, but the spirit is inclusive and welcoming. Clearly if an over heard swear makes your knees tremble it may not be worth the risk,... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Very small and friendly place in the center of town. Great place to stop for a brew and meet people. Many regulars so you feel like a friend after the first time

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Glasgow
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Stopped here for a drink and the lady that served us (Claire) what a worker she is. Made us feel right at home. She went about her business making sure her customers were looked after. Dropped in before dinner in the evening and the girls on duty were every bit as nice. Will come back in the future

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I have always wanted to visit this pub after the rave reviews I had read. I was there Wed. lunchtime and the whole experience was spoilt by the 3 very loud older guys propping up the bar, they could not finish any sentence without F-ing this or F-ing that, I have worked on building sites all off my life and... More 

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

I'm so sorry to read your review. All of our staff do their best to make sure every customer is happy and comfortable. I only wish you had spoken to the staff at the time as they may of been able to speak to the customers and asked them to tone it down for you. The cctv footage shows me... More 

St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Visited with friends for drinks before Christmas. Is a very friendly pub with good service and a wide supply of different drinks to suit all. Still has an old fashioned interior décor, making it nice and rekaxed to have a drink in.

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Restaurant Details

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

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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