The Best Pubs in St. Andrews

The Best Pubs in St. Andrews

Everyone knows St. Andrews as the home of golf, with the famous Old Course serving as the focal point for the tens of thousands of golfers who make the pilgrimage each year. But the town of St. Andrews is a lively spot, with a vibrant nightlife that caters to both visitors and locals, as well as the thousands of university students who attend Scotland’s oldest institution of higher learning. After a long day on the links, here are our top picks for a pint or a dram after your round:

The Dunvegan


This world-famous watering hole is a favorite among players and caddies alike when the pros come to town. The pictures which dot the walls are a veritable who’s-who of the golfing world, from Tiger Woods to Payne Stewart. Have your pint inside and strike up a chat with the friendly bartenders, or post up outside and watch the golfers round the corner to their hotels, many with clubs still in tow. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

The Jigger Inn

jigger-innThis iconic former stationmaster’s quarters sits adjacent to the 17th fairway of the Old Course (watch out for an extreme slice!), and still retains much of its 19th-century character. Wash down a burger from the kitchen (the best in town) with a pint of the pub’s exclusive Jigger Ale. Given the prime location, the bar prices are shockingly reasonable.

St. Andrews Brewing Company


The craft brewery scene has only recently started to take off in Scotland, where many pubs still offer the uninspiring choice between either lager or ale, but this welcome addition shows that the industry has a bright future. Opened in 2013, the American-style brewpub offers a fine locally-sourced menu and a thoughtfully-curated beer list, half of which are produced in-house. The cozy space invites visitors to stay awhile, with a welcoming fireplace at one end of the bar and numerous board games for those who wish to keep the competition going after their round.

The Keys Bar


This lively, family-owned spot is a favorite among locals, a fact that’s evident by the cheerful banter exchanged back and forth between the regulars and the delightful bartenders. The dizzying array of whiskies on offer is helpfully color-coded by price, and there are always several quality options on special. In a town with no shortage of both tourists and students, the Keys offers a welcome slice of traditional Scottish hospitality


 The Road Hole Bar


Perched on the top floor of the renowned Old Course Hotel, this stylish bar offers sweeping views of the St. Andrews Links. The expert bartenders can make just about any cocktail under the sun to perfection, and whisky lovers can pick from a selection of over 250 different bottles, including several specially distilled malts found nowhere else. The dark wood-paneled walls and elegant live piano music make this a must-visit for those golfers who prefer their 19th holes on the elegant side.