10 of our favourite city pubs for a Friday night pint
As we tentatively drift back to the office over the coming weeks and the sun shines on a summer Friday afternoon, our thoughts drift to the return of the end of week pint with our work friends and colleagues. Here’s 10 of our favourite city pubs to welcome in the weekend. Bon Accord, Glasgow Our…
As we tentatively drift back to the office over the coming weeks and the sun shines on a summer Friday afternoon, our thoughts drift to the return of the end of week pint with our work friends and colleagues. Here’s 10 of our favourite city pubs to welcome in the weekend.
Bon Accord, Glasgow
Our Whisky Pub of the Year, this traditional, often bustling bar has several linked rooms, all warmly understated. As well as more than 500 malt whiskies, the splendid drinks choice includes real ales (over 800 sold throughout the year) sourced from breweries across Britain and served from swan-necked handpumps, including Caledonian Deuchars IPA and nine daily changing guests, continental bottled beers, a farm cider and, in a remarkable display behind the counter, 50 gins, 20 rums and lots of vodkas.
This imposing white building was once home to the Birmingham Medical Institute hence its name. Friendly, well trained staff serve a fantastic range of drinks: St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional, Purity Mad Goose and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump plus three guests, proper cider, 20 wines by the glass, 80 gins, 50 rums and around 40 malt whiskies.
Old Joint Stock, Birmingham
This is an impressively flamboyant setting for a pint and a pie. A Grade II listed building opposite Birmingham Cathedral, with chandeliers hanging from the soaring pink and gilt ceiling. You’ll find Fullers London Pride, Olivers Island, HSB, Seafarers and a guest or two on handpump, Cornish Orchards Gold cider, 17 wines by the glass and 36 gins; background music. The small and colourful back terrace has nicely quirky seats and tables.
If you’re looking for a down-to-earth pub with a large range of drinks and good value food in quirky surroundings, well, here it is. Interesting drinks kept by the convivial, hard-working landlord include Black Sheep Best, Roosters YPA, Treboom Yorkshire Sparkle, York Guzzler and three quickly rotating guests, often from local microbreweries, six continental beers on tap, four craft beers, lots of bottled beers, four farm ciders, 15 country wines and 22 whiskies from all over the world.
Kays Bar, Edinburgh
A friendly little backstreet pub, it’s surprisingly untouristy. Crucially, there’s a marvellous choice of drinks here including around seven real ales on handpump with four regulars ‘ maybe Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Fyne Ales Jarl, Stewart Copper Cascade and Theakstons Best ‘ plus more than 50 malt whiskies aged from eight to 50 years old including a changing ‘malt of the moment’, 20 gins and half a dozen wines by the glass. Sports TV.
This appealing waterside spot by the Bridgewater Canal has a large open-plan ground floor with a friendly, informal atmosphere. Efficient, friendly staff serve Phoenix Brunning & Price Original and Weetwood Cheshire Cat plus up to eight quickly changing guest ales on handpump from breweries such as Beartown, Brightside, Rudgate, Squawk and Titanic and local craft brewer Beatinikz, as well as farm cider, 16 wines by the glass, 40 gins and 50-plus malt whiskies.
Britons Protection, Manchester
Lively unpretentious pub with rambling rooms and notable tiled murals of 1819 Peterloo Massacre. Over 300 malt whiskies, straightforward lunchtime food Mon-Fri; occasional storytelling and live music; children till 7pm, tables in enclosed back garden.
Beau Brummell, London, SW1
Named after the original dandy who counted King George IV as a close friend, this stylish pub in the central courtyard of St James’s Market, just round the corner from Piccadilly Circus, is the newest addition to the Cubitt House group. Well trained, friendly staff keep everything running smoothly and the fine choice of drinks includes Hammerton N1 and XPA and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, around 40 wines by the glass from an impressive list (including several English wines, fizz and dessert wines), British spirits (they support small producers and distillers) for their cocktail list, and a thoughtful choice of soft drinks.
Old Mitre, London, EC1
You need to be in the know to track down this tucked-away and unspoilt little spot, it’s a real refuge from the modern city nearby. There’s been a tavern on this site since 1546, although the current building dates from 1782. The cosy small rooms have lots of dark panelling as well as antique settles and old local pictures. Serving Fullers London Pride, Olivers Island and Seafarers with regular guests such as Adnams Broadside and Caledonian Deuchars IPA on handpump, plus eight farm ciders and 13 wines by the glass.
Unspoilt 1930s-feel local overshadowed by towering office blocks; tables and stools in main bar with marble floor, panelling and original fireplace, large back room and snug off drinking corridor, eight well kept regional ales including Daleside Blonde and Weston’s cider.