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Dundee City Ale Trail

By Ray Kelly

A good starting point for the Ale Trail is the Bank Bar on Union Street. This normally has about 3 real ales on and if you like something to eat before doing the rest of the trail does a reasonable range of food

Emerging from the Bank Bar turn left up to the top of the road then left again where you will see some bus stops opposite the church. A range of busses leave here for the Perth Road including the number 5. Most busses that show Ninewells Hospital go up the Perth Road but if in doubt just ask the driver!

On boarding the bus after about 5/10 minutes look for Nisa Extra on the left. The stop just before it is where to get off.

Across the road you will find the Speedwell Bar known locally as Mennies after a former landlady who ran it for over half a century. Dating from 1903, it has an L shaped bar and two lounges and retains its original fixtures and fittings. At the time of the visit it has 3 hand pulls offering real ale that is always in excellent condition. It’s also only 1 of 2 pubs in Dundee that offers CAMRA Members discount so don’t forget to show your card!

Exiting the Speedwell Bar turn left and a short walk down the road you will find the Taybridge Bar known by regulars as the Brig which had 2 real ales on at the time of the visit but 3 hand pulls

After the Taybridge Bar cross the road and after about a 5 minute walk you will find the George Orwell. Just note that this pub does not open until about 4:30. This is the other pub the offers CAMRA members discount and had 1 real ale on when I visited but introduces a second when the University is open as its quite regularly frequented by students being across the road from The University of Dundee

Heading towards the city Centre the next port of call is Braes, which attracts many university personnel for coffee, meals and drinks. it regularly has a good selection of Real Ale.

Keep heading back towards the city centre and if you wish once seeing South Tay Street you can visit the Beer Kitchen - although in my opinion its expensive, but worth visiting for a quick half

Head back down South Tay Street towards the Perth Road turn left where you will find the Phoenix, one of Dundee’s oldest pubs, established 1856. Inside the lighting is subdued but normally has 3 real ales on and you can have a seat one of the huge chairs at the head of the main table

Last port of call for this Ale trail is the Nether Inn which is across the road from the Phoenix and boasts a good range of real ales normally in very good condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                     August 2016