The Best Whisky Bars in Oban
Oban is a vibrant place, with bars galore. If you want to savour a dram or two of whisky in a local bar, then you’re spoilt for choice in Oban. Pull up a bar stool and enjoy a single malt served with a big slice of West Coast bonhomie.
For a friendly vibe and over 100 malt whiskies, make your way to Markie Dans. This pub is attached to Corran House Hostel at the centre of Oban and is popular with locals and visitors alike.
You can enjoy a whisky tasting at The View Oban, where you can also enjoy ceilidh nights and great live music up to 2 am all year round. The lively spot is also host to the annual West Coast Whisky Feis.
The Oban Inn
For a traditional Scottish pub experience, you can’t beat the Oban Inn. It first opened in 1790 and has always been one of the most iconic and characterful pubs in the town. Enjoy a whisky as you admire the old photographs and maritime artefacts that adorn the walls, as well as the stained glass panels acquired from an Irish monastery.
The Lorne Bar
The Lorne Bar is another fantastic traditional pub at the heart of Oban, as is the Tartan Tavern, a small and friendly pub on Albany Terrace.
Whisky Bars Outside of Oban
There are some cracking whisky bars within striking distance of Oban. It’s well worth making the trip north to the Old Inn at Portnacroish, Appin. With a roaring fire and exposed stone floors, this recently restored historic inn is a wonderfully atmospheric place to enjoy a single malt. Head out to the small beer garden patio for stunning views of Castle Stalker. The Glue Pot at Connel is another traditional pub that should be on any whisky lover’s list. This 18th-century pub is full of character and serves up a fine selection of whiskies alongside some mouthwatering food. It was originally the ferry house for the Connel Ferry which departed in front of the hotel where you can still see the old slip today.
And finally, make sure you visit the Barn Bar in Lerags Glen near Oban. This award-winning rustic bar and restaurant in a converted cattle byre have bags of charm. This is the local pub for the glen and there are always interesting characters to talk to at the bar. There’s regular live music too.
Whisky & Fine Wines Shop in Oban
For expert advice and a huge range of single malts, drop into Oban Whisky & Fine Wines Shop on Stafford Street at the centre of Oban. There’s something for the whisky lover, connoisseur or collector alike.
You’ll find rare and collectable whiskies, as well as single malts from most of the Scottish distilleries. The owners are passionate about whisky, to say the least, and will be more than happy to give you some tips and introduce you to the smaller, less well-known distilleries. For non-whisky fans, the shop stocks great local gins, wines and real ales.