Thistle Bar, Alloa

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
We popped into the Thistle Bar for a quick pint before catching the train back to Glasgow after a Saturday afternoon in the capital of Clackmannanshire, aka Scotland's "Wee County". Indeed, the refreshment was much needed after an energy-sapping 90 minutes in the April sun - and we were merely spectating - at "The Recs" (Recreation Park, where Alloa Athletic FC play - notable as currently the Scottish league ground in the longest continuous existence). This pub is a very different beast from the nearby Old Brewery which is also reviewed on this site. The Thistle Bar is much more of your classic, down-to-earth Scottish boozer. Despite the attractive exterior, the interior is fairly basic and no-frills, with barely room to swing a cat. The gents are noticeably rudimentary, and some of the patrons' language was a little colourful. That said, we didn't get any funny looks from anyone when self-consciously ordering in a South-East London accent - which isn't always the case when in very "local" pubs away from home - and felt comfortable enough to sit at the bar. The beer was well-kept, if pretty standard, with Belhaven Best and Wm. Youngers being the pick of the ales. The exterior signage bears the name of the now-defunct Maclay's brewery, a poignant reminder of Alloa's distinguished brewing history. Despite its spartan nature, this isn't a bad wee place at all - we'd have gladly stayed for a second pint had we not been in a hurry.
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1 Junction Place, Alloa, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1JW
01259 723933
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