Paul Heaton birthday: Full list of Scottish pubs offering free drinks to celebrate singer's 60th

The singer Paul Heaton has put cash behind bars of pubs across the country so that fans and regulars can celebrate his 60th birthday.

Published 9th May 2022
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Four pubs in Scotland will be giving out free drinks today (9 May), after Paul Heaton put 'cash behind the bar' to celebrate his birthday.

The former member of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South usually cycles around the country and performs to celebrate his birthday.

However, delays with recording due to the pandemic means he is unable to cycle to 60 pubs across the country as he wished.

Instead, he’s picked 60 of his favourite bars in the UK and Ireland and put “cash behind the bar” so regulars and fans can raise a drink in honour of his 60th birthday.

In a statement on Twitter, he wrote: "I've decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to handpick 60 pubs across the UK & Ireland and put a given amount of money behind the bar of each one.

“Then, both regulars and yourselves can enjoy a birthday drink on me (until the money runs out, or the bar runs dry!)

“The hope is to bring people together on the day, whilst recognising that many folk who bought my records or showed me support over the years, could do with a wee party, as we come out of Covid and hit potential financial struggles.”

Full list of Scottish pubs Paul Heaton has given money to for free drinks

Fans and regulars can toast Paul's 60th today at these Scottish pubs:

The Old Toll Bar, Glasgow

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Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh

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Free drinks will be available at the chosen locations until the money given by Heaton runs out.

Nice N Sleazy explained that they will be giving out tokens for free drinks until they run out, and that performers at their Monday night acoustic session or karaoke will get two tokens per performance.

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The Old Toll Bar will add first drinks to Paul’s tab today. It has been reported that each bar will receive £1000 to cover the free drinks

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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