This is a traditional style pub / bar that has been won awards from camra as a real ale joint. It also has a big selection of whiskies if you like a dram.
There's a Queen of the South FC fan club based here and sometimes they have events in here. There's some great old style QoS team photos on the wall.
Doesn't get too hectic.
Dress Code: Wear what you want.
A night out in Dumfries seems to revolve around a Friday and Saturday night in bars and pubs - there is no shortage. Options for nightclubs are more limited but depending on your taste there may be something to suit you from the small choice available.
There is 1 theatre (Theatre Royal) (see elsewhere in VT on Dumfries) and 2 cinemas:-
* the Robert Burns Centre tends to offer things a bit more in the way of art house movies
* The Odeon shows mainstream films
Lounge & public bar that is always fairly popular.
There are several bars in town that lay claim to have been a hangout for the nations poet and given his preference for drink they are all probably justified.
Another Wetherspoon francise that has all the usual hallmarks (cheap booze, hectic bar, no music and lots of noise).
This was a former methodist church that has suffered from a botched paint job to the exterior. Always seem to have a pint in here but never sure why afterwards.
Old style public bar that is a good place for a quiet pint.
Voted the Camra Pub of the Year 2001, this pub specialises in 5 varieties of real ale; 7 draught and over 150 malts.
20/20 cricket team is also quite good.
This place has been open a while now and I have always found it to be welcoming. The interior is modern reworking of an old bank with a large bar at the entrance that has a plasma screen (shows most sporting events). Regular events include a quiz night on Tue and DJ sets at weekends including a mix by the very approachable owner. All in all, a good place to hang out for a pair of hours (bar stocks magners so is difficult to leave after just 1).
There's not much nightlife in Dumfries - people tend to go out for a serious night out in neighbouring Glasgow. On a farm there's even less nightlife than in Dumfries town - yet I'll never forget those friendly nights - sipping tea in front of home-made cakes (thanks mark!), chatting, listening to music and playing games. let's face it: one doesn't go to the borders for its nightlife
Dress Code: definitelycasual - you'll be among friends
Dumfries was home to the famous Scottish poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns, he of Auld Lang Syne fame. This was his favourite pub and you can go and sit in the snug where he would go of an evening. On Burns night in January you may be lucky enough to get in and see the ode to a Haggis which is traditionally eaten on this occasion. Apart from this it is also a really nice relaxed bar where you can go for a quiet drink and the music isnt so loud you cant even here yourself think!
The other local cinema only has one screen and is usually taken over by whatever blockbuster is on for months on end. If this is not your bag try the Burns Centre for a mixture of alternative, foreign and big hit classic films, its a tiny film theatre so maintains an intimate atmosphere.
For a nation so devoted to drinking, it's always a wonder why the Scots choose to drink in such awful surroundings - although the Hole in the Wa', pictured here, is a reasonable town-centre pub that makes a commendable effort. As a rule, there is none of the cheerful liveliness that you can find in a pub in Germany, Japan or the States. Perhaps it has something to do with the puritan in every Scot, equating pleasure with sin. In most Scottish pubs, if you want to drink in more congenial surroundings you move to the gents. Poor old Cliffie has supped many a pint in his vain search for a decent bar north of the border. And another odd trait of the Scotsman on the bevvy is that you can stand beside him all evening and he will never utter a word. But walk into the toilet, and he will immediately strike up a conversation: Och aye, is this where a' the big knobs hing oot - ye ken, ye dinnae buy beer, ye just rent it - jings, couldnae be a pishheid.