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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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Southport, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank 80declan
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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

You can find just about any whisky you can imagine; the selection is amazing. The staff was helpful, and the service quick. The prices vary but are clearly marked. It's a small space, but worth a visit if you are a whisky lover.

Thank scoffintpt
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

My pal took me here,been to St. Andrews often but a pleasant surprise when popped in to this friendly atmospheric not to large Pub.The service was brisk Staff always alert and vigilant and more st of all friendly,mainly an older generation when I was there but all age groups seemed to like the place.

Thank lesjsl
York, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Came across this on our first evening and were attracted by the reference to the huge range of drinks. (It may only have mentioned whiskies and neither of us is a whisky drinker, but it attracted us nevertheless) Great atmosphere, friendly bar staff, good prices and extensive range of gins, including Love Gin, from the local distillery. We came back... More 

Thank 439marlynr
Scotland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Fabulous pub. The choice of drinks were great. However, the real stars were the staff, friendly personal, and very keen to recommend drinks.

Thank Hilary M
Dundee, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Regularly visit St Andrews with our dog, she loves the beach. Wandered around town after and ended up in The Keys for a toastie and a pint! Gem of a place, couple of times we have been here now. It's a locals bar, great atmosphere, very friendly and the toasties are fab! Bar staff are so nice, they even bring... More 

Thank patrick w
The Villages, Florida
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Love the Keys Bar, only regret we found this place on our last night in St.Andrews. This the kind of place where locals come and go, they play cribagge or domino's. They will even give you a taste sample of any Whisky (Scotch) if you are not sure

Thank DickEzo
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is truly a local hangout. It appears to be mostly regulars, and many of those are caddies. There are a few students that stop by for a quick drink, and lots of smokers that partake on the small patio in front. The pub is on the small size, but the bar is packed with hundreds of whiskeys. This is... More 

Thank Ann L

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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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