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Scottish bars in Toronto

charge Jun 29, 2013 09:53 PM

Hello. A friend is coming to visit and I was hoping to take her to a nice scottish bar where the waiters wear kilts and the food is decent. Thanks!

  1. dannyboy Jul 1, 2013 04:56 PM

    Caledonian is all Scottish - no kilts from what i've seen but the best scotch selection in the country (if that's your thing).
    And the food and bevvies are darn good too.
    You might even bump into Begbie, if you're really unlucky...

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      trombasteve Jul 1, 2013 01:52 PM

      No offense, but I don't think you're likely to find a place which is both "nice" and has waiters in kilts.

      I think you'll find waiters in kilts in cheesy, kitschy places (which can be fun in their own right), or nice Scottish-themed/inspired bars, but likely not both in the same place.

      If you end up in Ottawa during said visit, The Highlander might be as close to those two things as you're likely to find. (Still a bit up there on the cheese scale, though.)

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      1. re: trombasteve
        charge Jul 1, 2013 02:33 PM

        None taken. Cheesy is okay, just going for fun, doesnt have to be fancy. I am worried I will or have come off as some creep requesting kilts though! Hehe.

      2. Charles Yu Jul 1, 2013 10:56 AM

        Kilts aside, I'm interested to find out which of the afore-mentioned pubs offers the best 'Scottish' food. Haggis and especially great Scotch eggs! A great Sheppard's pie and Steak & Kidney pie with great filling would be a nice bonus!

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        1. re: Charles Yu
          prima Jul 1, 2013 11:04 AM

          I had the haggis at Piper's Pub on Robbie Burns Day, and it was pretty good. Haven't tried the Caledonian yet, but I've heard their food is good.

        2. MissBingBing Jun 30, 2013 04:03 AM

          The Twisted Kilt fits your requirements.

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          1. re: MissBingBing
            charge Jun 30, 2013 09:15 AM

            Oh, thanks! Is this suitable for an older crowd? I feel silly asking where to find men in kilts!

            1. re: charge
              thebutcher Jul 1, 2013 07:50 AM

              All the servers at Twisted Kilt are female and wearing very short kilts - sort of like a Scottish Hooters. Not sure if this is what you had in mind. Caledonian is a great Scottish pub but no kilts.

              1. re: thebutcher
                prima Jul 1, 2013 09:42 AM

                Piper's Pub is another Scottish pub with no kilts.

                link to The Caledonian

                1. re: prima
                  charge Jul 1, 2013 10:39 AM

                  Thanks for all the replies. Am looking for where waiters wear kilts, not
                  waitresses and decent food. Anywhere downtown. Thanks!

                  1. re: charge
                    prima Jul 1, 2013 11:13 AM

                    I may be wrong, but I don't believe there are any Scottish pubs with male servers wearing kilts in downtown Toronto.

                    Maybe you could make a special request in advance, for a male server to wear a kilt at the Twisted Kilt?

                    Or call Piper's, The Caledonian or McGugan's to see if their male servers/male bartenders would be willing to wear kilts the day you plan to visit.

                  2. re: prima
                    prima Feb 4, 2014 04:40 AM

                    What do Chowhounds recommend most on Piper's Pub's regular menu?
                    Thanks for any recs.

                    1. re: prima
                      Jacquilynne Feb 4, 2014 06:24 AM

                      The only thing I've eaten there is the fish and chips and they were grease-soaked and way more batter than fish, unfortunately. I don't know if that was because that was the daily special and they cut corners when it's on sale, but I wouldn't recommend the dish.

                      1. re: Jacquilynne
                        prima Feb 4, 2014 06:48 AM

                        Thanks for the heads up, Jacquilynne. I had been considering the fish + chips, but after reading what you wrote, I'll likely be ordering the wings or a buffalo chicken sandwich. :)

                        1. re: prima
                          prima Feb 7, 2014 06:21 AM

                          So, I didn't order any food off the menu, and didn't order anything that was Scottish, but I tried some wings, nachos, fries off a platter pre-ordered for a group (which didn't include any Scottish/pseudo-Scottish foods from the menu). Typical Sysco-type stuff. Nice staff, but I'd rather eat at a Firkin or a Duke pub than eat at Piper's.

                  3. re: thebutcher
                    sbug206 Jul 1, 2013 09:44 PM

                    Wrong pub. You're thinking of Tilted Kilt not Twisted.

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