The Scottish Arms
Taps: 21 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.59/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
The Scottish Arms is located just west of SLU, sort of between Midtown and the Central West End. Good thing to have a decent bar in that immediate area. The place is low-lit, woody, and clean, as they try to replicate the feel of a Scottish pub. The service is friendly but it doesn’t seem like they know a ton about beer. I didn’t eat here, but I hear it’s decent food. The tap selection is mostly the English/Irish/Scottish standard lineup, with a few good regional American crafts (e.g. Goose Island Matilda) and two casks: Fullers London Pride and Fullers London Porter. I didn’t get a good sense of the bottle selection. I have a few friends who really like the place, and I hear they show a lot of soccer on the TVs, so I’ll probably be back here. Not essential if you’re in town visiting, but not bad at all.
05-18-2011 21:14:30 | More by phaleslu
4/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Interestingly, despite not being on a corner, the door was placed at an angle to the street. Entering, the antique back bar with a couple of glass display cases, mirrors, and exquisitely carved wood, began just inside the door along the left wall. The dark wood bar was also obviously antique, as was the line of booths along the right wall. The center and the window front were dominated by high tables and chairs. A separate, beautifully appointed dining room was accessible through a doorway on the right. Pressed tin ceiling, ceiling fans, and exposed ducting. Kilts for the waitstaff.
Beers: Twenty-two (22) drafts and you'd best like malty beers! BT: Twenty-six (26), but the Scottish beers included Pine; Elderberry, Heather, Gooseberry.
11-25-2009 01:08:56 | More by woodychandler
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I've never understood why there are so many Irish pubs but so few Scottish pubs, as I find Scottish beer on the whole to be much more interesting than its Irish counterpart. Fortunately, Scottish Arms is here to save the day. I've yet to visit Scotland, but this pub certainly FEELS like Scotland. Hardwood everywhere. Lots of Scottish flags and tartans. Signs for football games which are televised there. A beautiful bar.
Their beer selection is good (assorted Belhaven ales on tap, Skullsplitter in a bottle, a nice variety of regional microbrews) though I'd like to see more Scottish offerings on tap, and perhaps something on cask. Given the limited number of Scottish beers available in the U.S., however, it's certainly good enough. I also understand that they have an excellent whisky selection, though I'm not a whisky guy so I'll have to trust others on that one.
The food... Aw, man. The food here is AWESOME, particularly considering the Scottish aren't known for their fine cuisine. They have a peat-smoked cornish game hen that's incredible. They also have great sides like bubble and squeak as well as appetizers including deep-fried haggis balls (insert joke here). I did not have dessert there, but I hear the bread pudding is awesome. My perception of Scottish food has radically changed since visiting Scottish Arms.
Overall, a great place to visit for a pint or two and maybe dinner as well. It would be nice if they could grow their tap list a bit, but even if they don't I'll be returning whenever I get a chance.
05-06-2009 15:46:44 | More by Windigstadt
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of the first pubs I visited when I first got into the beer scene and it will always be one of my favorites. The atmosphere is one of a kind and I've never had a bad experience there. The servers are great and always willing to lend a helping hand to the undecided customers.
Alright... anyone who has read some of my other reviews knows that I am a huge fan of cheese boards, and this place is no exception. It is wonderful as are the bangers & mash (which I order everytime). Haven't worked up enough courage to try the haggis yet. I think I'll need quite a few pints before I attempt something like that.
Sadly, their selction seems to be shrinking a bit due to availability and regulations. However, they still have the goods such as Fullers, Belhaven and quite a few good selections from the U.S. portion of the menu. Personally, I'm a fan of the Scottish section more than others.
Overall, I would definitely recommend a visit. It tends to get pretty packed on weekends. If you want a seat in the bar area... get there early! This place fills up fast and most visitors leave later rather than earlier.
01-30-2009 20:58:37 | More by BelgianBrewFan
2.68/5 rDev -34.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Walking into the bar, it seemed very cozy. Small seating area, but decorated very nicely. The male staff wore kilts and the female staff wore kilt-mini-skirts so it was a bit charming.
The selection was very good, I counted 22 brews on tap, and none of them macro shit beers. There were two, I believe, seasonals among them, and many UK standards.
My only gripe about this place is a huge one - almost every beer I got was served without any head. It didn't seem to be an issue of proper pouring technique, because most had sub-par carbonation. It was clearly a matter of old kegs and/or dirty taps. When my friend mentioned this to the bartender, we got the fake "I'll check it" routine. Yeah right.
Good atmosphere, great selection, horrible quality.
12-06-2008 16:03:28 | More by echdk3
The Scottish Arms in Saint Louis, MO
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