Latest News: Scotland’s Pubs & Bars Tee Off Ryder Cup

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10
Sep

Pubs and bars with a story to tell throughout Scotland are celebrating The 2014 Ryder Cup (23 to 28 September) at Gleneagles with a range of events, competitions, golfing packages, themed menus and accommodation deals. Including:

The Old Clubhouse Pub at the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Resort

  • Their story: In the nineteenth century, the pub was the original Club House of the Machrihanish Golf Club. Today the pub is part of the prestigious Machrihanish Dunes seaside resort and its interior has been restored to recreate a look of one hundred years ago, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. Visitors can enjoy the pub’s highly acclaimed food and drink, while overlooking the historic first tee of the course.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration:
    • To celebrate The Ryder Cup The Old Clubhouse will:
      • offer a specially created menu from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September; and
      • hold a charity raffle over the duration of the weekend.
    • Meanwhile on the resort’s golf course, there will be a “stableford” competition where, for an extra £5 on the normal green fee, golfers can enter a competition to win a night’s stay in the Ugadale Hotel (all proceeds go to the Kintyre Club Charity).

The Golf Hotel, Crail, Fife

  • Their Story: The Golf Hotel is a Coaching Inn which dates back to 1721, making it one of the oldest bars in Scotland. Crail Golfing Society was formed here in 1786 and is the seventh oldest Golfing Society in the world. Located close to St Andrews and with two golf courses in Crail itself, the hotel often offers specially tailored golf packages, while the bar screens most major golfing tournaments on Sky Sports.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: The Hotel will be showing The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in its entirety in their public bar. Their Ryder Cup offers include free Stovies in the bar on 28 September.

Cheers Café, Bar and Tavern, Fraserburgh

  • Their story: Widely recognised as one of Scotland’s most innovative bars and winner of the Sky Sports Preview Live Magazine’s Ultimate Venue Award for Scotland and Northern England, Cheers is an accessible and family friendly pub. Their award-winning beer garden (which is sheltered, covered and heated) is the perfect venue to watch sporting events with its several outside televisions and bar. They also have a special VIP 3D Sky Sports room.
  • Their Ryder Cup showcase: Cheers will be dedicating their cosy snug bar to full time coverage of The Ryder Cup. And for golfing widows or widowers, music will be played in the main bar.

City Walls, Stirling

  • Their story: The only way into this large and lively bar is through the city wall itself. An archway through Stirling’s sixteenth century defences leads you into a fascinating conversion of what was once an ironmonger’s warehouse. Screening all major sporting events, it was recently revealed as the local of Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winning swimmer Ross Murdoch.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

No 2 Baker Street, Stirling

  • Their story: No. 2 Baker Street has a real history within Stirling having operated over many decades. It has an olde worlde feel to it with wooden beams and a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.  The pub’s live music sessions have seen them included in VisitScotland’s television campaigns and music programmes on Gaelic television station BBC Alba.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Borestone, Stirling

  • Their story: In June 1314 King Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Bannockburn in the decisive battle of the Wars of Scottish Independence. Borestone is believed to be where Robert the Bruce set up camp and raised his banner before the battle and the borestone is where the King is said to have placed his standard pole.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Blue Stane, St Andrews

  • Their story: The pub takes its name from The Blue Stane – a glacial rock made of dolomite which now stands in the pub’s garden. The stone has been standing in St Andrews since at least the sixteenth century and is treated as a good-luck talisman with the St Andrew’s pikemen touching it before departing for the Battle of Bannockburn. The Blue Stane is a stylish, friendly bar that appeals to everyone from golf-playing tourists to local families, students and pensioners. Sports fans are kept occupied with six televisions and two Sky boxes showing all the major fixtures.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

Molly Malone’s, Glasgow

  • Their story: Molly Malone’s is a well-known traditional Irish bar in Glasgow. Its name is taken from the popular song In Dublin’s Fair City, which has become Dublin’s unofficial anthem. The building began life as a postal sorting office and you will find saving certificates, stamps, books and envelopes around the walls which are a reminder of its history.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

Old School House, Glasgow

  • Their story: The former Woodside School is no longer the responsibility of the School Board of Glasgow, but as The Old School House, it has kept a touch of the same flavour. A sign tells you that ‘weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character’, there are big sinks and old-fashioned tiles in the ‘little boys’ room’ and, on the walls, there are framed photographs of the end-of-term play. But now the playground, with its great glass canopy, is a popular beer garden, the tottering piles of schoolbooks are part of the bar and the spacious interior attracts a lively crowd at all times – even after the bell has gone.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Scotia Bar, Glasgow

  • Their story: The Scotia Bar is reputed to be the oldest pub in Glasgow. Built in 1792 it played host to the merchant sailors bringing goods to Glasgow. Latterly it has become the local haunt for Glasgow’s musicians, actors, poets and political groups. Back in the day, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty would perform here.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Maltman, Glasgow

  • Their story: The Maltman is a traditional bar set in the heart of Glasgow. The pub has a long established reputation as one of Glasgow’s finest venues and is housed on the ground floor of Castle Chambers, a magnificent red sandstone building which is a symbol of Victorian prosperity. The pub offers large-screen Sky Sports.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Rhoderick Dhu, Glasgow

  • Their story: There are two stories regarding the naming of The Rhoderick Dhu…One is that the pub is named after a former Glasgow whisky distillery and the other is that it is named after Rhoderick Dhu, a character from Walter Scott’s famous poem The Lady of The Lake which was published in 1810. The Rhoderick Dhu is a lively city-centre bar that takes its sport seriously, with three Sky boxes and 12 large screen televisions (including one 3D television).
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

Drouthy Neebors, Edinburgh

  • Their story: Drouthy Neebors takes its name from the opening lines of Rabbie Burns’ famous poem Tam O’Shanter. Drouthy neebors translates as thirsty neighbours, with the thirst referring to a thirst for alcohol or liquor rather than water! It has four televisions showing Sky Sports HD.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Old School House, Aberdeen

  • Their story: They still get the odd customer who remembers being at school in this imposing granite building in one of the liveliest quarters of town. Popular with a broad cross-section from mothers with children to students, football fans and people drawn to the beer garden at the front, it is a large bar full of intimate spaces. Their big screens are regarded as the best in the city centre.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Abercrombie, Aberdeen

  • Their story: Charles Abercrombie was the engineer who proposed the construction of the highway that became the road we now know as Union Street. The Abercrombie is the last remaining property in Aberdeen with a ‘sunk’ – or external basement – and is the only place on Union Street with stairs. It has one big screen, five plasma TVs and two Sky boxes.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Tappit Hen, Dunblane

  • Their story: The name Tappit Hen translates as ˜topped hen’ and comes from a seventeenth century Scottish pewter drinking jug with a lid topped with a topknot, like a crested hen. Facing the picturesque Dunblane Cathedral, this is a bar steeped in tradition which evokes the atmosphere of the early seventeenth century.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

Auctioneers, Inverness

  • Their story: They keep ‘em busy all day at this roomy city-centre pub built as the name suggests, on the site of an auctioneers (and before that, a church). You can watch live sport on one of the 12 television screens. The pub was tecently voted Best Bar Scotland Gold for 2013.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

The Carrick, Irvine

  • Their story: Established in 1719, the pub takes its name from the world’s oldest surviving clipper ship which was built in 1864 to carry people who were emigrating to southern Australia. The clipper was converted in 1924 into a training ship at Irvine and renamed the HMS Carrick. The clipper has recently returned to the Port of Adelaide in Australia where it will undergo an historic restoration. The pub is full of cosy corners on either side of the long bar in the centre.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

Rabbie’s Bar, Ayr

  • Their story: 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. With 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.
  • Their Ryder Cup celebration: From 5 September, they will be celebrating with one of the Ryder Cup sponsors, Johnnie Walker. Customers who buy Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label can enter an exclusive draw (taking place on 28 September) for the chance to win official Ryder Cup merchandise. Johnnie Walker Black label will also be the pub’s whisky of the moment.

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Great initiative - well done. Our pubs should be proud of all the charitable work they do. https://t.co/HwSw0Ksnvc

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