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  • Manager Cameron McLachlan advises a customer about whisky at Òran Mór, Glasgow
    Whisky at Òran Mór, Glasgow
  • A barman mixes cocktails at Malt Barn Bar at the Glenfiddich Distillery during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Moray
    Cocktails at the Malt Barn Bar during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Moray
  • People drinking in the main bar at Òran Mór in Glasgow.
    Òran Mór, Glasgow

There are many ways to enjoy Scotland’s renowned whisky; from behind-the-scenes distillery tours to tastings and even sampling a dram with quirky whisky cocktails. To savour single malts on your trip to Scotland, look no further than award-winning bars in cities across the country where you can enjoy expert advice from passionate bar tenders. There are also lots of great whisky festivals held throughout the year where you can discover your favourite dram.

Aberdeen

The Grill

213 Union Street
Located on the city’s main thoroughfare, The Grill is a popular haunt for many Aberdonians and considered to be one of its oldest pubs. Named ‘Bar of the Year’ by Whisky Magazine at their Icons of Whisky Awards 2008, it boasts over 500 whiskies, including 60 from overseas (from Ireland and the US to Japan). You could even sample the oldest dram on sale anywhere in the world, a 65 year-old Macallan distilled in 1938.

The Whisky Snug, Malmaison Hotel

49-53 Queen’s Road
After fine dining in the restaurant, retire for a nightcap in the Whisky Snug, unique to the Aberdeen hotel. Knowledgeable staff are on hand with tasting notes and experience to guide you through rare and unusual malts and blended whiskies from the Highlands and nearby Speyside region as well as whiskies from as far afield as Japan.

Dundee

The Speedwell Bar

165-167 Perth Road
Located in the heart of Dundee’s west end, the Speedwell Bar , built at the turn of the last century, is the only one in the city to have become a listed building due to the quality of its historic interiors. To match its stature, the bar offers a choice of over 100 different malt whiskies.

Taychreggan Hotel

4 Ellieslea Road, Broughty Ferry
A Victorian mansion on the outskirts of Dundee, this hotel’s bar, named as the Gordon and Macphail Malt Whisky Bar of the Year 2005, is well stocked with over 350 single malts, with knowledgeable staff on hand to assist in choosing a single malt to suit your palate.

Edinburgh

The Albanach

197 High Street
With a range of 250 malt whiskies, this pub on the Royal Mile is well placed for the passerby to stop in and sample a dram or two.  Its selection includes a White Bowmore, several single cask bottlings and a large selection of rare malts. The Albanach is also a ‘Whisky Embassy’ with expert staff certified by SCOTLANDWHISKY.

Whiski

119 High Street
Edinburgh’s aptly-named premier whisky bar is home to an outstanding collection of over 270 malts. Whiski was also named Whisky Bar of the Year 2011 in the prestigious Dram Whisky Bar Awards and boasts bottles from distilleries that are no longer in operation alongside many other rare malts, including the cult Black Bowmore, a sample of which is only available by special request.

Whiski Rooms

4-7 North Bank Street
Whiski’s sister venue, Whiski Rooms on the Mound in Edinburgh, is the place to go to expand your whisky knowledge. Named as the UK’s first Ardbeg Embassy and recipient of a Silver Award at the Dram Whisky Bar Awards 2012, the bar has a dedicated tasting room in its adjoining shop with regular sessions with experts. Or for a new twist, try one of the bar’s delectable whisky cocktails, such as a traditional Whisky Sour or the bar’s own unique Islay in the Sun.

Glasgow

Ben Nevis

1147 Argyle Street
A hotspot for live midweek sessions of traditional music and craft beers, Ben Nevis has a glowing reputation for its whisky collection too.

Bon Accord

153 North Street
First opened in 1973, the Bon Accord earned a reputation as one of the first pubs in Glasgow to sell real ale. Now, after changing hands many times, it has slowly built up its collection of whisky from just 5 in 2001 to over 250, earning the title Malt Whisky Bar of the Year in 2004 and 2007.

The Lismore

206 Dumbarton Road
In the heart of Glasgow’s west end, the Lismore is known for its interiors, particularly its stunning stain glass windows depicting the Highland Clearances. The name itself reflects the original clientele that used to frequent the pub who mostly originated from the Highlands and Western Isles. The pub, which hosts its own whisky tastings and live folk sessions, is constantly adding to its already burgeoning whisky collection and was recently named Malt Whisky Bar of the Year 2013.

Òran Mór

Byres Road
Housed in the old Kelvingrove Parish Church, Òran Mór is a popular watering hole in Glasgow’s west end. As well as a two restaurants and live music venues, it also boasts a dedicated whisky bar with over 250 different malt whiskies.

Pot Still

154 Hope Street
Glasgow’s most iconic whisky bar is The Pot Still, with a history of great drams which spans 30 years. You will discover some remarkable malts as the bar is stocked with over 600 different whiskies, some of which are only available in this bar.

Perth

Dickens Bar

189 South Street
There has been a pub on the site of Dickens Bar since as early as 1805 but the current building dates back to 1903. At the heart of Perth city centre, the pub stocks over 120 malt whiskies from all the whisky -producing regions of Scotland and beyond. The collection is very diverse, with such gems as Highland Park 40 year-old, a Macallan 25 year-old and a Talisker 25-year old. As well as whisky tastings, visitors can enjoy ‘whisky flights’, a selection of drams from a certain distillery, region or a broader ‘taste of Scotland’.

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