The Best Bars In Inverness
The Scottish Highlands is an enchanting place with so much to see and do. Whether you fancy taking a romantic break, a family holiday or a trip away with friends, it caters for everyone and a great time is guaranteed.
As the traditional capital of the Highlands region, Inverness should be your first port of call when visiting this beautiful part of the world. Inverness offers a wealth of activities to do and historical landmarks to see, and no shortage of outstanding bars to frequent.
At the end of a day on the tourist trail, take in one, or even a few, of the finest public houses that Inverness has to offer.
Here, in no particular order, are five of the best:
1. Johnny Foxes
For the ultimate Highlands experience, with traditional music and tasty ales, Johnny Foxes is a winner of a location. The good people at Johnny Foxes have turned their establishment into a beautiful venue that is both welcoming and cosy. The live music on offer is in keeping with the traditions of the city, while the food is hearty and wholesome.
2. The Water Front
Inverness translates as “Mouth of the River Ness”, and The Water Front — as the name suggests — is a splendidly located bar that offers idyllic views of the River Ness. Browse their menu for some tasty food that is sure to satisfy your appetite. The haggis comes highly recommended, and it would only be right to wash it all down with a refreshing local beer or dram of whisky.
From the moment you arrive at Blackfriars, you will know you’ve come upon a Highland pub that is dripping with tradition. When the locals go to a pub in their droves it’s usually a good sign, and that is very much the case at Blackfriars. Renowned for its extensive beer menu and friendly bar staff, this is a wonderful place in which to spend a chilled-out evening. There is often live music laid on as well.
4. The Innes
Innes is that special kind of bar that you would be happy to bring the kids to during the day, or frequent with friends in the evening time. Offering great food and a friendly, comfortable setting, you will not go wrong here. Whether it’s a beer, a cocktail or a coffee that you’re after — or perhaps a local whisky — you’ll get it here, and it’s very much service with a smile. Innes’ lunch and dinner offerings have attracted plenty of praise, so drop in for a bite to eat too.
5. Gellions Bar
Gellions might just be the finest representation of a Highlands Bar. The traditional decor will make you feel right at home, while the friendly atmosphere illustrates all the hallmarks of a bar that has been successfully trading for more than 170 years. Any place that’s been in business that long is doing something right!
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