32 Scottish pubs named as best in the country in national awards

The best watering holes have been named in this year's Bar & Pub Awards, and 32 are in Scotland.

Published 18th Apr 2023
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

The National Pub & Bar Awards are an annual celebration, which aim to showcase the UK’s finest pubs and bars.

The awards will once again be crowning the best pubs and bars within 94 counties across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Within Scotland, 32 venues have been named as best in the county - these are broken down into North West Scotland, North East Scotland, South East Scotland and South West Scotland.

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Full list of Scottish bars and pubs named in the awards

North West Scotland

  • Highland, The Ben Nevis Bar
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), The Cross Inn
  • Stirling, The Cross Keys, Kippen
  • Argyll and Bute, Tigh An Truish

North East Scotland

  • Perth and Kinross, BrewDog Perth
  • Orkney Islands, Helgi's
  • City of Aberdeen, Siberia Bar & Hotel
  • City of Dundee, The Barrelman
  • Aberdeenshire, The Boat Inn
  • Fife, The Criterion
  • Clackmannanshire, The Mansfield Arms
  • Moray, The Old Mill Inn
  • Angus, The Picture House
  • Shetland Islands, The Welcome Inn

South East Scotland

  • West Lothian, Platform 3
  • East Lothian, The Bonnie Badger
  • Scottish Borders, The Bridge Inn
  • Midlothian, The Bridge Inn at Ratho
  • City of Edinburgh, The Scran & Scallie
  • Falkirk, The Wheatsheaf

South West Scotland

  • Renfrewshire, The Boarding House
  • East Renfrewshire, The Cartvale
  • North Lanarkshire, The Electric Bar
  • City of Glasgow, The Gate
  • North Ayrshire, The Red Squirrel
  • South Ayrshire, The Smoking Goat
  • East Dunbartonshire, The Stables
  • Dumfries and Galloway, The Steamboat Inn
  • South Lanarkshire, The Strathaven
  • East Ayrshire, The Weston
  • Inverclyde, Tokyo Joe
  • Dunbartonshire, Tullie Inn

Speaking of the awards, Andy Gemmell, owner of The Gate (who are also up for a Class Bar Award) said. "These accolades are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, and we are grateful for the support of our Gallowgate community.

"What makes me proud is that each of theses nominations are from different sectors of the industry, we have always set out to be a community pub but with a innovative offering so to be recognised by a pub awards and by Class who celebrate bars that are trailblazers makes it even better”

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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