PUBS and bars across Scotland have been named among the best at the country's first-ever Drink Awards.

According to the organisers, these awards look to "celebrate the very best pubs, bars, gastropubs and retailers from across Scotland".

Discussing the places named, a spokesperson for the Drink Awards said: “These awards have helped showcase the exceptional talent and creativity that define our vibrant drinks industry. We are thrilled to celebrate the dedication of the bars, pubs & restaurants that continuously raise the bar for gastronomic experiences.

“We congratulate all of our winners & highly commended participants on their remarkable achievements.”

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: A number of categories were named including Pub of the YearA number of categories were named including Pub of the Year (Image: Getty)

See all the pubs and bars named winners at the first-ever Drink Awards for Scotland

Here are all the winning pubs and bars named at the inaugural Drink Awards in Scotland.

Pub of the Year

Laird & Dog Inn (Edinburgh)

Highly Commended went to MacSorley’s (Glasgow)

Bar of the Year

The Piper Whisky Bar (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to The Guildford Arms (Edinburgh)

Inn of the Year

Laird & Dog Inn (Edinburgh)

Highly Commended went to Royal Mackintosh (Dunbar)

Gastro Pub of the Year

The Boudingait (Cupar)

Highly Commended went to Red Squirrel (Edinburgh)

Best Cocktail Bar

Blue Dog (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to The Rat Pack – Piano & Cocktail Bar (Edinburgh)

Wine Bar of the Year

Billington’s of Lenzie (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to Grape & Grain (Aberdeen)

Beer Garden of the Year

The Garden Bar (Inveraray)

Highly Commended went to The Blackbird (Edinburgh)

Pet-Friendly Venue of the Year

The Garden Bar (Inveraray)

Highly Commended went to The Red Deer (Glasgow)

Country Pub of the Year

The Portcullis (Stirling)

Highly Commended went to The Snow Goose (Inverness)

Family Friendly Venue of the Year

Junior’s Sports Bar and Lounge (Motherwell)

Highly Commended went to Mharsanta – Scottish Restaurant & Bar (Glasgow)

Sports Bar of the Year

Grace’s Irish Sports Bar (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to The Chanter (Edinburgh)

Irish Pub of the Year

Kitty O’Shea’s (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to Finnegan’s Wake Edinburgh (Edinburgh)

Karaoke Venue of the Year

Katie’s Bar (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to The Wellington Bar (Falkirk)

Team of the Year

Ancrum Cross Keys (Jedburgh)

Highly Commended went to Williams Bros. Brewing Co. (Alloa)

Live Music Venue of the Year

Hootananny (Inverness)

Highly Commended went to Blue Dog (Glasgow)

Best of Glasgow

Billington’s of Lenzie (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to MacSorley’s (Glasgow)

Best of Edinburgh

Red Squirrel (Edinburgh)

Highly Commended went to Panda & Sons (Edinburgh)

Best of North

Copper DOG (Aberlour)

Highly Commended went to The Auld Smiddy Inn (Pitlochry)

Best of South

Tempest Brew Co (Galashiels)

Highly Commended went to The Robert the Bruce (Dumfries)

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser: This is the first ever Drink Awards in ScotlandThis is the first ever Drink Awards in Scotland (Image: Getty)


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Gin Bar of the Year

Gin71 *Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to Heads & Tales Gin Bar (Edinburgh)

Student Bar of the Year

Hillhead Bookclub (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to Kelvingrove Café (Glasgow)

Restaurant Bar of the Year

Cafe Royal (Edinburgh)

Highly Commended went to Bothy Perth (Perth)

Outstanding Pub of the Year

Crown Tavern (Burntisland)

Highly Commended went to Molly Malones (Stirling)

Microbrewery of the Year

Stewart Brewing (Loanhead)

Highly Commended went to Tempest Brew Co (Galashiels)

Hotel Bar of the Year

Royal Mackintosh (Dunbar)

Highly Commended went to Cairn Hotel (Carrbridge)

Distillery of the Year

Dalwhinnie Distillery (Dalwhinnie)

Highly Commended went to The Clydeside Distillery (Glasgow)

Best Speakeasy

Ancrum Cross Keys (Jedburgh)

Highly Commended went to Speakeasy (Glasgow)

Off Sales of the Year

Top Glass Off-Sales Delivery Service (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to One O One Off Sales Ltd (Glasgow)

Convenience Retailer of the Year

The Scottish Gantry (Stirling)

Highly Commended went to The Spirits Embassy (Huntly)

Liquor Store of the Year

The Scottish Gantry (Stirling)

Highly Commended went to Robertsons of Pitlochry (Pitlochry)