As you’re looking at Ayr’s statue of Robert Burns, with its scenes from Tam o’ Shanter and key moments in the poet’s life, you’ll have a clear view of Rabbie’s Bar just across the road.

On the walls inside are quotations from the bard’s best drinking verses (‘Go fetch to me a pint o’ wine’) and the pub prides itself on showing customers the kind of hospitality Burns himself would have appreciated.

‘quotations from the bard’s best drinking verses’

rabbies-bar-exteriorWith its leather couches and cosy corners, it’s popular with a mixed crowd of regulars, commuters using the nearby train station and some tourists, plus fans of racing, golf, football and big sporting fixtures, thanks to the eight televisions and two Sky boxes. Rabbie’s is the kind of lively pub where you’re likely to find a DJ or karaoke over the weekend. With typical generosity, it allows free use of the jukebox on Friday and Saturday, as well as making available its dartboard and pool table. Beyond the welcoming main bar, Rabbie’s goes a long way back: after two small flights of stairs you reach a self-contained rear bar, which can be cordoned off for parties.

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