From the ornate beauty of Trades House to the trendy industrial vibes of The Tinsmith, the pubs in Dundee all offer completely different drinking experiences. What they all have in common, however, is a desire to make sure their customers have a good time. The city is a fantastic place to sink a few pints, boasting watering holes that are full of atmosphere and locals that are always up for sharing stories with passing visitors. Here are just a few of the best pubs in Dundee to help you plan a night out you won’t forget.
Kicking things off is Tickety Boo’s, a traditional bar over the road from St. Paul’s Cathedral. The atmosphere here is what you’d expect from a cosy Scottish pub. With a horseshoe-shaped bar and original features, it has won awards for its individuality and is a true gem in Dundee. When it comes to the drinks, there is a fine selection ranging from world and craft beers to an extensive collection of whisky and gin. If you want to soak it all up with some food, you’re in luck here too, as Tickety Boo’s offers a fantastic menu serving all your favourite pub grub.
Trades House Bar
Showcasing the traditional trades of Dundee through stained glass windows, Trades House is a lively little place around the corner from City Square. On the inside, this pub is packed with character, from the ornate bar to the decorative floor tiles, and the people are full of personality too. Make your order a beer, as Trades House has a huge selection on tap, including Belhaven IPA. If spirits are your tipple of choice, you won’t be disappointed either, as there is a choice of over 80 different whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, America and Japan.
The Old Bank Bar
A former Bank of Scotland, The Old Bank Bar is now a large, spacious pub by The Howff in the city centre of Dundee. A popular watering hole, the pub has retained some of the bank’s original features, giving it a charm you can’t find just anywhere. Serving food until 4pm daily, the warmed mini Camembert is a favourite amongst locals. When the time comes to wash it all down, the drinks here are great value – specialising in good quality local craft ales.
A dog-friendly, laid-back venue, The Tinsmith is a trendy bar and restaurant, just a three-minute walk from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. Cocktails are the drink of choice here, with an extensive menu for you to test out. The food is a winner too, with breakfast and lunch on offer. To keep it traditionally Scottish, opt for the haggis fritters with sweet chilli dip and finish with the deep-fried Mars Bar with Irn Bru ice cream. The vibe is great in here and by night, it turns into one of the hottest drinking spots in town.
Another traditional Scottish drinking place, The Phoenix is well-situated for a pre-theatre drink, as it’s close to the Dundee Rep. With a lively vibe and five carefully selected ales on tap – two are regular and three change on a weekly basis – you’re guaranteed to have a great time in the warm and cosy atmosphere of one of Dundee’s oldest pubs.