Victoria Bar, Dundee
We wouldn't have tried this place but for the fact we had 45 minutes to kill before the train back to Waverley (and that the other pub by the station looked decidedly grim from the outside). How glad we are that we did - the Victoria is a pleasant wee watering-hole. The barman was apologetic that our choice of beer (Carling Extra Cold - it was unusually warm for these parts) needed to be changed, and saw to this immediately, leaving the bar area completely unattended and the front door wide open, which was perhaps all the more trusting of him given that his faithful lookout - a docile little Westie - was sparko on the settee. This pub doesn't have a lot of particular features, or especially good ale (though they do have a couple of varieties of Belhaven) but it's lovingly maintained, and quite atypical of the usual dodgy places one finds near train stations. There's a pretty good selection of single malts and blended whiskies, too, some of which we had never heard of. We're not sure how much trade it does - only one other punter came in (with faithful friend) during our brief time there - but we can imagine it being a charming place, particular on a cold autumn night. We'll pop in again, should we ever happen to be in town again.
11-15 Catherine Street, Dundee, Dundee, Angus, DD11 1RL
01241 876 056
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