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The 10 Coolest Scottish Pub Names

Tour Operator | CIE Tours International | Kristina Rundquist | June 28, 2016

The 10 Coolest Scottish Pub Names

PHOTO: One of the great Scottish pub names. (Courtesy The Hanging Bat)

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re a pub in Scotland, everything.

Some of the most creative, inventive bar names in the world are found here, and you can find them yourself by booking a tour with CIE International.

Here are 10 with some pretty darn cool names that are clearly worth a look.

Babbity Bowster. Going strong since the 18th century, this former tobacco merchant’s house is a Glasgow institution. On Saturdays the pub features live Scottish music but stop in at any point during the week and you may find a rousing game of boules in progress on the outside terrace. Open fires make for a cozy atmosphere when the weather cools, but during warm weather the bar’s two terraces are the place to be.

Jolly Judge. Despite the name, this Edinburgh pub sits in the basement of what was once a 16th-century tenement. Today, its fruit-and-flower painted wooden ceiling welcomes guests to come in, relax in front of a fire and enjoy a tasty meal in a relaxed atmosphere.

Scran & Scallie. Known for its tasty fare, this Edinburgh pub is a proper serving bar with Scottish ales such as Fyne and Harviestoun, and a wide range of whiskeys and cocktails. The décor blends classic tweets and tartans with simple modern furnishings. Children and dogs welcome.

Wheatsheaf. Located in Syminton, this former 17th-century posting inn is today a popular pub set against the backdrop of a quaint Scottish village. Its cozy atmosphere is reason enough to come but its tasty food is more than enough reason to stay. In fact, it’s so popular reservations are required during the weekends. Don’t miss the meat pie. Children welcome.

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Hanging Bat. Spread across three levels, this modern Edinburgh pub has its own microbrewery, along with an excellent selection of craft beers, ales and more than 100 bottled beers and fine selection of wines and gins. Children allowed only until 8 p.m.

Bunch of Grapes. This 18th-century pub, located in Pontypridd, Wales, offers their own Otley O2 Croeso and three Otley guests plus four rapidly changing guests from breweries such as Dark Star, Oakham, Saltaire and Tiny Rebel on handpump. The pub is known for its beer and music festivals held throughout the year, as well as themed cookery evenings and innovative, daily-changing menu.

Catherine Wheel. Located in Marshfield, Gloucestershire, this pub inhabits a Georgian-fronted building in a picturesque village. With a charming atmosphere, and Butcombe, Costwold Spring and Sharps on tap as well as a variety of wines and other drinks, it’s a local favorite. Live music occurs the last Thursday of the moth. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome.

Blue Blazer. Offering up to eight interesting Scottish ales and a fine selection of rum, whiskey and gin, this traditional two-room Edinburgh drinkers’ pub is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and relax in front of the open fire.

Cock & Bull. This food-led country pub in Balmedie offers Burnside ale and tasty, locally sourced food, as well as a conservatory and four bedrooms in a converted cottage for those looking to spend the night.

Pot Still. With hundreds of malt whiskeys on offer (including a good value whiskey of the month), plus four changing ales and bottles beers, this popular pub gets crowded. Whether it’s the friendly staff, the stained glass or the silent fruit machine that brings them in is anyone’s guess but its welcome atmosphere keeps them coming back.

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