The Scottish Arms brought back memories of devouring a ploughman and pint in a vintage pub. The dark wood decor and divided bar and dining area are all reminiscent of pubs scattered throughout the British Isles. Tucked away on a side street (Sarah) in the Central West End, the charming watering hole wreaks with authenticity.
Pub v. Bar
So how does a pub differ from a bar? Pubs have more character and are likely to offer a wider menu. They often come with darkened corners, dart boards, and astounding pub grub. Scottish Arms offer such classics as Fish n’ Chips, Haggis Fritters, Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and such global delicacies as German Schnitzel, Indian Korma, and a Cuban Sandwich.
What’s in a Name?
In the UK, pubs frequently have hilarious names painted on comical signage: The Drunken Duck; Cat & Canary; The Three Legged Mare; Durty Nelly’s or Dirty Dick’s; The Quiet Woman; The Jolly Judge, and The Last Drop just to name a few.
Owner Alister “Ally” Nisbet saved the funny name for his other gastropub, the Shaved Duck, located in the Tower Grove neighborhood. He offers some of Duck’s pulled pork at the flagship location.
Haste Ye Back!
The Scottish Arms. 8 South Sarah, Central West End. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p; Happy Hour: Mon 3p-6p, 9p-12a; Tues-Fri 3p-6p; Sun 9p-12a. Brunch: Sat & Sun 10a-3p.