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Jun 29, 2013 09:53 PM

Scottish bars in Toronto

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!

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  1. The Twisted Kilt fits your requirements.

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    1. re: MissBingBing

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

      1. re: charge

        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

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

          link to The Caledonian

          1. re: prima

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

            1. re: charge

              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

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

              1. re: prima

                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

                  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

                    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

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

        2. 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

            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. 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

              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. 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...