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The Keys Bar

Best Bar in Scotland 2014/2015.
Best Whisky bar in Scotland 2017.
Awarded Highly Commended in the Scottish Hospitality awards 2023 for Best Bar.
Over 300 Malt whiskies & 150 Gins.
Selection of Scottish Beers & Spirits.
Independently family-run.
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Founded in 1858,  The Keys Bar is a refreshingly unique Bar in St Andrews. Come on by, grab a delicious  Toastie and get the quality time with your friends that you deserve.  We are an independent family run bar, we host Darts & Domino nights and welcome both local community and visitors from all corners of the world

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Our History

Much More Than Your Regular Bar

The Keys Bar has been an established Bar Since 1858 that aims to build community by providing drinks that bring people together and an atmosphere that is a hub for local entertainment.  The Keys Bar was originally called Stewarts Hotel in the mid 18th century and re-named The Cross Keys in 1858.
In Recent years The pub was  owned and run by  Carol and Stuart Gordon before being taken over by their daughter Claire who rebranded the bar as we know it now The Keys Bar .  The Bar is now under new family ownership with the essence of keeping it's unique character as a family run business.  Our approach to delivering only the finest service to our customers starts and ends with our constant desire to exceed expectations. Come join us to see what we’re all about.

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Scottish Hospitality awards 2023

Awarded Highly Commended

As a top notch Bar, we are often mentioned in incredible articles and features in the media. Take your time and explore the latest stories about The Keys Bar, and check back regularly to keep up with the latest news.


We are delighted to announce that we were runners up for the best bar in Scotland 2023 and were awarded with a Highly commended certification from the judges, this is all thanks to you our loyal customers past and present and  to our amazing Knowledgeable staff.

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What We’ve Got Planned

Something For Everyone

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 Wednesday 1st November

Come and join us for the Halloween dominoes. Fancy dress is optional. Usual steak pies prizes and Halloween treats throughout the night


Claire Nicoll guide to whisky


Interested in malt whisky, then this guide is a must read. Written by Our very own Claire Nicoll

From a young age I was always intrigued by the distinct aromas of Scotland’s most famous drink. Having grown up as the daughter of a Scottish publican, it was only natural that I would become familiar with the various names of the malts and their distilleries that adorned the walls of my parents bar the Cross Keys. When I was old enough (honestly!) I began to explore the variety of flavours that were produced from these magical looking bottles with their wonderful Celtic names. As I have grown older and now run my family’s bar, I have had the fortune to visit many of our countries distilleries and fully appreciate the subtle changes in flavour that come from the barrel, region, water, malting or other parts the distillation process can bring about. The following are my notes and the Key’s to Scotland’s malts. Enjoy.

The Claire Nicoll guide toWhisky
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Specialty Beverages

Whiskies, Gins, Beer, Lagers & Spirits

Our drink list features a selection inspired by everyday freshness meeting deliciousness. Our liquid concoctions have been inspired by classic cocktails, showcasing seasonal ingredients and trendy flavors. There's always something for everyone's taste and desire.  Our amazing bartenders will be happy to assist you to make that choice.


Malt Whiskies

Over 300 Malt whiskies from all over the world.

We have a Malt Whisky to suit your taste and preference from peaty, smoky to sweet.  Ask one of the experienced Bar staff to talk you through our range and flavours and we will find you a perfect whisky.



Over 150 Gins for your selection

Let the expert mixologists find the right balance for you with our special gins and mixers. Whether you’re here for a quick drink  or a Great day out, our bar staff will soon stir your taste buds in the right direction.

We hope you enjoy our drinks—can’t wait to see you again!

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Contact Us

87 Market Street
St Andrews
KY16 9NX

01334 472414

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Opening Hours

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Monday - Thursday 11am last orders 1130pm. Friday 11am last orders 1230.  Saturday 10am last orders 1230.    Sunday 10am  last orders 1130pm.

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