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The Keys Bar

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87 Market Street, St. Andrews KY16 9NX, Scotland
KY16 9NX
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Kingsbarns, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A friendly old style pub. Limited real ale options but we'll priced. Loos could be better, though only been in gents.

Thank barthok1225
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot has changed since I was last here. Has an impessive whisky selection. Still serves a great pint of Mc Ewans 80 or Guiness'

Thank Allan A
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place that was recommended by the taxi driver. So glad he did; fantastic little bar and even more fantastic staff. Tell them what you like and they give you a selection of tasters to try from before selecting your drink. Brilliant recommendation!

Thank Sarah M
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local's bar where the lovely barmaid let us taste loads of local gins and the locals chatted away to us. Thanks to all of them!

Thank Allen M
Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They advertise 150+ whiskies. The staff is knowledgeable about recommending which you should try, and when you're unsure, they will give a taste from a few different candidates. I liked the place and was there 2 nights to try a lot of different scotches from different areas of Scotland.

Thank JWK1969
Ebeltoft, Denmark
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And relaxed atmosphere. Good place to grap a pint of beer. Old golf shoes with plants in, funny and original idea.

Thank Carsten B J
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

friendly place and the drinks are a great value . darts cards or just meeting the locals its a must stop

Thank Bill H
Marietta, Georgia
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You know you chose a good pub when it's full of locals. We walked in after dinner to find a lively dominos game going on in the corner. Very loud and fun environment, quite convivial. Good, cold beer and great drinks. Didn't try any food. Located in the heart of the town near several restaurants.

Thank GeorgiaBill
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a bar where visitors will meet an interesting group of locals in a friendly , casual atmosphere. Excellent range of malts. Staff are very friendly. You have the opportunity to play darts. Prices are lower than elsewhere in St Andrews, yet The Keys does not attract many students. Worth visiting on any itinerary around St Andrews.

Thank Ronald S
Sherman, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have frequented The Keys on our trips each of the last three years. The staff is outstanding - friendly and wonderful - they remember us year to year ... And always help celebrate our anniversary. Regulars are warm and welcoming - atmosphere is perfect Scottish pub. Outstanding selection of Scotch - cold beer - and an outside space. You... More 

Thank sherrylittle74

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Pub
Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Market Street, St. Andrews KY16 9NX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  St. Andrews
  • Phone Number: KY16 9NX
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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