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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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New York City, New York
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, excellent selection of whisky, beer and cocktails. Very comfortable and not overly crowded. Would go back

Thank mcenis
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No gimmicks nothing fancy just a proper old fashioned friendly local bar which welcomes locals and visitors alike Staff happy to let you try different spirits and give recommendations

Thank ivorandjane
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

You can always be assured of a warm welcome at The Keys - the staff are fab and the toasties are the best in St Andrews.

Thank Scotia15
Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here yesterday to watch the Scotland v France game and so glad we did! What a friendly welcoming pub. It wasn't a problem to take our two dogs and 15 yr old son in and we were made most welcome. The barmaids are a real credit to the place and go that extra wee bit- bringing drinks... More 

Thank joolsinthecrown
Dundee, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We just popped in here yesterday for a quick drink.Although small, this bar is full of cosy character with an amazing gantry of whiskies. Friendly and helpful barmaid made this a really pleasant half an hour. Well done The keys for retaining good service and a local pub feel, all getting rarer and rarer these days

Thank Linda C
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

This is a proper pub and the staff are welcoming. As its a local pub you get the odd strange look , but after a couple of pints and a good chat with the locals , you soon find out they are a great bunch , full of chat and enjoy a right good drink . Proper Scottish boozer and... More 

Thank Vincent W
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a quick beer when arriving at St Andrews the welcome was warm and friendly. We tried 3 beers before deciding on the St Andrews ale which was smooth and delicious. The girls behind the bar looked ready to do a coyote ugly, if you have not seen the film you should do, by the way that is... More 

Thank rp1990
Southport, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Amazing pub with friendly staff and the most amazing selection of whiskys I have ever seen in my life. This is a proper local with nice staff who have time for a chat. Lots of history on the walls and indeed local history books to read from the Bar. We found this to be the 2nd cheapest pub in St... More 

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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The Keys is a good pub if you are looking to avoid student/younger people vibes in St A, plus it's right in the centre of town!

Thank Kathryn W
Dundee, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic, welcoming, friendly pub. Staff friendly and very efficient. Toastie and beer of a chilly Saturday afternoon was just the job.

Thank Lorraine W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Bar Scene
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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