Not sure where to enjoy the perfect pint after a long day at Gleneagles? We review 10 watering holes worth checking out in Perthshire, ranging from Stirling's oldest alehouse to local favourite Irish pub, Molly Malones
The best places to drink at the Ryder Cup
If you are travelling up to Gleneagles to cheer on Europe (or even the Americans) here is a guide of where best to retreat to after a hard day supporting on the links.
The Westerton Arms
34 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4HR, Scotland
A traditional Scottish pub with a homely feel, the Westerton Arms is situated in the historic spa town of Bridge Allan. With wood burning stoves for when there’s a chill, as well as a beer garden for when the sun is shining, you can enjoy excellent food at reasonable prices year-round. Can get busy so best to book, especially during Ryder Cup week. Widely regarded at one of the best places for food in Bridge of Allan, as well as offering a wide range of cask ales, continental lagers, wines, spirits and malt whiskies.
The Birds & The Bees
Easter Cornton Road, Stirling, FK9 5PB, Scotland
An award winning family-run lounge bar that serves traditional food in atmospheric surroundings. Housed just a stone’s throw from Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, The Birds and The Bees prides itself on award-winning food, real ales and an extensive wine list. With a roaring fire adjacent to the bar, as well as a picturesque garden terrace, what better way to enjoy a few drinks after a day of watching the golf at Gleneagles.
7 Baker Street, Stirling, FK8 1BJ, Scotland
Droughty Neebors is a traditional Scottish pub, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and fine choice of alcohol and bar food. Service is always great here, and you’ll struggle to find any nicer pub cooked food in the area. Be sure to try out the homemade wine merchant sausages with bacon and leek mashed potatoes.
The City Walls
6 Back Walk, Stirling, FK8 2AQ, Scotland
The City Walls is not your average pub, featuring a discrete frontage that opens up to reveal a unique interior, combining heritage with a warm, modern décor. Delicious, freshly cooked food and a warm welcome are assured at this castle themed Scottish pub. As well as a wide and varied menu, The City Walls has an extensive range of wines beers and cocktails.
The Tower Gastro Pub
81 East High Street, Crieff, PH7 3JA, Scotland
An extensive menu greets you at The Tower, with a great choice of the finest freshly cooked classics, complimented by weekly specials. Utilising local produce, including meat from the local butchers, the meals here are diligently prepared and made with the freshest ingredients. There is also one of the best beer gardens in the area, along with a children’s play area.
The Corn Exchange
11-13 Corn Exchange, Stirling, FK8 2HX, Scotland
The Corn Exchange offers a quirky experience in the heart of the city, with flamboyant décor and a stylish club-like atmosphere. There’s something for everyone here, with excellent selection of beverages, coffees and freshly cooked meals, along with an in-house DJ 4 nights a week.
11 Maxwell Place, Stirling, FK8 1JU, Scotland
If you’re going to the Ryder Cup to support McDowell or McIlroy, then look no further than this Irish bar. Molly Malones offers a touch of the emerald isle in the heart of Stirling. You’ll be sure to be served the perfect pint of Guinness here, with also a ‘taste of Ireland’ menu at reasonable prices offered daily from 12 till 8. With live music and DJ’s most weekends, this place is guaranteed to bouncing should Europe emerge victorious.
No.2 Baker Street
2 Baker Street, Stirling, FK8 1BJ, Scotland
Popular with both the young and old, this lively Stirling bar is busy every night of the week. A hearty menu, ever-changing selection of real ales and a variety of night time entertainment make this place a hit with visitors as well as locals. Located just a few minutes walk from Stirling train station, No.2 Baker Street oozes character with its wooden beams and pillars and is a must visit on a night out in Stirling.
Morrison’s Cold Beer Company
84 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2BP
With a large number of screens and several Sky TV boxes, Morrison’s will be a popular place for sports fans to watch the Ryder Cup this September. Offering over 30 different beers and largers, as well as 200 single malt and blended whiskies, you’ll never be short of something new to try here. Entertainment is provided on Friday and Saturday nights in the form of a DJ playing dance and chart music, with children welcome until 7pm.
The Settle Inn
91 St. Mary’s Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1BU, Scotland
The Settle Inn is Stirling’s oldest alehouse, and has been serving real Scottish ales since the 1700’s. With a real log fire, patrons are able to sit back and enjoy the extensive selection of fine ales and whiskies. You’re always guaranteed a warm welcome at The Settle Inn, which first open its doors back in 1733.