Aikman's, St. Andrews
Something of a St Andrews institution, this has one of the best, and most adventurous selections of beer of any pub or bar in town, and a moderately respectable offering of whisky too (We were impressed that one of our companions ordered some "cheap generic shit" as part of a round of tasting different drams, and they knew immediately what to come up with.) There are two bars - a basement bar (or beer bar), which can get hot and (usually not too unpleasantly) shouty, and which is more drinks-orientated. At street level, the wine bar is rather more high-ceilinged and equally well suited for a meal, or indeed just a snack, with a group of friends as it is for drinks. Service is pretty exemplary, even when it's crowded - this can easily become a home from home, and has its own mini-cult on Facebook, even among those former students of the Auld Grey Toon who have strayed far away long ago. Bands - from rock to ceilidh to all sorts - and comedians have been known to hold gigs upstairs, too. One major failing - and the principal reason why this place doesn't warrant a four-pint rating: the toilets are horrible.
Review: 2 out of 2 people found this review helpful
18 Feb 2009
this pub is disgusting, yes it has a well sourced selection of beers, but judging by the taste of the "real ales", and some of the stuff upstairs, there hasn't been a line-clean in this filthy place for years. It was dirty and the people working were unprofessional, it took me only a couple of minutes to see that. The kitchen where the cooking takes place in this "bistro" was visible from where i sat and it looked FILTHY....even worse than the sticky table where i had the misfortune to sit. The only person i saw working here with any merit was a dark haired girl who seemed to be getting a bucketful of abuse from an older woman (owner?), the fact that this was happening so publically underlines the lack of order and professionalism in this shabby place. Why, I would ask the Health and Safety authority, hasn't this place been closed down? It needs a total refit, the wallpaper's peeling off, it looks like the staff never clean it, and the toilets are the most appalling i've (probably) ever been in. No sign of soap for washing hands, which made me worry also about the state of the staff's hands. If you have any sense of hygiene or consideration for you and your party's surroundings, for God's sake, don't go to this dump. Matt
32 Bell Street, St. Andrews, St. Andrews, KY16 9UX
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