Pub golf is a brillant and far more entertaining version of golf than that which requires the upsetting checkered trousers and the wads of cash. In pub golf, a juvenile but fun exercise, you asign a par to each type of drink, and drink your way around 18pubs (or 9, or 6 if you are lazy) drinking a total of 18 drinks. For each drink - each gulp you take is like a shot in actual golf. The person with the lowest score wins - usually another drink if you make it to the 19th hole. This is best played in St Andrews, home of golf. I've been a student in St Andrews for nearly 4 years and can honestly say that this place, although lacking in any other form of entertainment, has enough pubs. I think we have 27 drinking establishments in our 3 street-town. That's pretty good as far as I can tell. I will attempt to give you a brief run down on the ones I know of / go in. 1) Students Association - cheap booze, nasty decoration, meat-market on a Friday night, good if you're a student & just want to wasted on the cheap. 2) At the opposite end of the pole is The Westport - so called as it's by the West Port gate of St Andrews. This place is awfully posh, and pricey. You step in and think you have been transported to London with the upper class accents you could quite happily be in Kensington! The decor is very stlyist, minimalist approach. the chairs are comfy, the staff are generally polite. The WestPort has a main bar, a little room down some stairs which is particularly nice to sit in, a similar room up some stairs and a very posh restaurant - which, I have heard, is fantastic. They carry all spirits you could dream of, will mix you up cocktails, freshly squeeze your juice and sell you all the good beers on tap. 3) Aikmans (upstairs) / Cellar Bar (downstairs) are great and very, very popular except on their tragically famous music evenings, where everyone crowds into the downstairs bar and talks loudly to drown out the noise. The owners are really, really friendly but the other staff are often less than attentive during the day. Food is on offer pretty much all day, with a kids menu, brillant quiche and the most fantastic chocolate fudge cake you have ever tasted. Prices are reasonable. The other notable thing about this place is the huge range of bizarre beers and spirits. Guest ales are common, Hoegarden is on tap and the range of whiskies is great. Drink here! 4) The Drouthy Nebors - one of a chain. The pub sort of winds around corners and is known for it's giraffe of beer (so called because of the vessel's (which holds about 3 pints) long neck and their giant jenga set. The Drouthy also do cocktails and average bar food. Prices are a bit steep, but ok. 5) Stables - don't go here if you value your life, unless you are a biker. 6) Tudor - utterly averag, recently redecorated so nice and bright and clean. I have heard rumours that their hygiene isn't up to much - but these are only rumours. 7) The Gin House - looks a bit like a swimming pool / public toilet inside with a newly decorated theme - kind of 1970's. Has plenty of sofas and comfy chairs. Serves food (nothing to write home about), gin based cocktails and the best hot chocolate you can get in town. 8) The Whey Pat - is a personal favourite. This pub is really friendly and the owners sponsor a lot of uni sports clubs. They do a well attended quiz on a Tuesday night and bar food for lunch times. I cant' really describe why I love this place so much - it's just friendly and homely - a bit grotty perhaps, an old-style pub - but it's great. 9) 1 Golf Place - do good sandwiches at lunch and has little boothes to sit in which gives a nice intimate feel to the place. 10) The Central - has a huge, freestanding (if you see what I mean) bar in the centre of the pub, a bar which really is too big for the pub. Although often very smokey, th is place does cheap burgers until 10pm and sells a variety of ales and bitters, along with the usual. They also carry some strange cocktails and occasionally host guest beers. Other pubs include the Keys (strictly for locals), the Castle (cheap, nice and friendly, but quite small), The Victoria (has brillant karoke, but is a bit of a "locals" pub) and the Inn (never been - but it used to be the Lizar Lounge which was always packed, smelly and expensive!) Most pubs are packed with students during term time and I always find it's a bit of a shame that you never really see families. The only pub I know of which has a garden to enjoy the occasional sunny days in is the WestPort. There aren't really any traditional pubs or big chains in St Andrews - but there is plenty of choice. Eat, drink and be merry!
Is it me, or is the world getting stranger everyday? I've been to a few pubs in my time. More than I can remember actually, but that's another story. Now I don't want to sound like an old man, but I'm going to anyway. ***WARNING - I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS ALL FIELDS MOMENT!*** I remember when you could go to a pub and wear what you wanted. Work overalls, track suit, jeans, whatever. But it's all changed now. In most pubs now you can't wear football colours. Fair enough - football hooligans and all that. But pubs now want you to dress smartly to get in. Sorry sir, you're wearing trainers. You can't come in. IT'S A PUB! It's supposed to be a place where you can relax, have a drink with your mates, where everyone knows your name etc. I was just getting used to all this shoes only lark, until one Sunday I paid a visit to one of my locals.(a very popular pub that I won't name, but they are part of a huge chain) I was waiting at the bar for my order to be taken. After a five minute wait the barmaid came up to me and said. "Can you remove your baseball cap please sir." "Why?" I asked. "It's for security reasons." Security reasons? I can't wear a baseball cap in the pub because they can't see my face in the security cameras! ***WARNING - ANOTHER I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS ALL FIELDS MOMENT!*** I remember when there weren't any cameras in the pubs. So what's the moral of this story? All the pubs in Fife are paranoid? Baseball caps are evil? I look like a thug? No, probably none of these. Truth is I don't know what the moral is. Let me know if you figure it out! :) Oh, and if your looking for a good pub in Fife (where you can probably get away with wearing a baseball cap, without breaching security) try Smithy's in Kirkc aldy. The bar staff are friendly(mostly), the Guinness is good and the karaoke is humorous! Cheers!