Pubs – Dundee West End


Whether you are looking for a quiet drink and a tasty bar lunch , a sophisticated cocktail ,a student bar , a good pint of real ale , Stella , Tennents Lager , 80 Shilling , flavoured vodkas , appletinis , a cool cappuccino , a traditional Scottish bar or a wild and wicked pub crawl , a good pub to enjoy televised football , rugby or tennis then the West End of Dundee has a fab selection of watering holes to suit all tastes.

November 2013 – the dark nights are drawing in and Christmas approaches with all the joys of the Festive season – this page should gibve you a guide to Christmas nights out ; staff parties and party nights in the west end of Dundee – let us know if there is anything you would like added

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I have indicated those pubs in this Dundee West End listing that have Free wireless access available.

Perth Road Pubs

The Nether Inn

Picture of the Nether Inn pub  - Dundee West End – Nethergate – right at the town end ( located between Grouchos Music shop and the Mali Thai restaurant). This is a deceptively large lounge bar popular with students from the nearby University of Dundee. They often have good deals on with food – worth a visit.

Located at Nethergate , Perth Road Telephone 01382 34 99 70

Wireless available – Yes

Nether Inn website

The Phoenix

– Nethergate Perth Road – a long established Dundee hostelry attracting a wide range of customers – students , businessmen , tourists and shoppers. The Phoenix is well known for an excellent range of draught beers and lagers – with a reputation for providing real ales – suitable for CAMRA members. The chilli burger in the Phoenix is legendary.

Located at 103 Nethergate , Perth Road Telephone 01382 20 00 14

Wireless available – No

Website – none available

Medina Bar and Grill

Nethergate Perth Road – recently refurbished (formerly called Bar Rio ) a good meeting place populated by a stylish crowd …. – popular for lunch and pretty good coffee too. The Medina Bar and Grill has special offers on food – check out their menu.

Update April 2013 – went here on Sunday 14th April with friends to watch the Celtic V Dundee United game – ; friendly and efficient staff , good atmosphere and tasty food – would recommend.

Located at 113 Nethergate , Perth Road Telephone 01382 20 15 00

Wireless available – No

Website – none available

The Social

– 10 South Street – adjacent to the Rep Theatre . The Social pub is “hoachin” at the weekends – you even have to queue sometimes to get in. This spacious establishment includes a neat burger bar called Ketchup – quality burgers ! The Social serves lunch daily and is a popular venue with students. Weekday nights see special offers on cocktails.

Located at 10 South Tay Street Telephone 01382 20 20 70

Wireless available – No

Website – none available

Tonic Bar

- Perth Road – directly opposite the Queens Hotel and practically on the main entrance to the University of Dundee . This bar is popular with students , lectures and residents of the West End. Featuring a tremendous range of burgers on the menu , it serves coffee throughout the day including bargain price carryout morning coffee. Tonic also has free wifi for all you geeks who need to twitter and check your emails. Check out the popular quiz night on a Tuesday – prizes and loads of fun…. Update May 2010 – if you have a gargantuan appetite try the 24oz burger that is on offer – guaranteed to sort out the men from the boys (or the ladettes from the girlies!)! Update March 2011 – food and service here is to be commended! Update April 2012 – went wih friends for food at 5pm on a Tuesday – great service and there was only 1 table free – so this is a popular place – top notch machiato too. Update December 2012 – just thought I would reiterate that Tonic is great for coffee , good food , excellent staff and a welcoming atmosphere…

Wireless available – Yes (FREE)

Website – none available

Braes Bar – 14 – 18 Perth Road

- literally a stones throw from the main entrance of the University of Dundee – Braes (part of the Maclays pub portfolio ) is ideally placed for staff and students of the University of Dundee to enjoy coffee , food or a drink – very popular for lunches and with a function room downstairs . Braes is also firmly established on the Perth road night circuit.

Wireless available – Yes (FREE)

Braes Bar website


– located at 142 -146 Perth Road
– directly opposite to the entrance to Duncan of Jordanstone Art College , Drouthys is therefore a sound favourite with the art college students. A refresh and refurbishment took place at the end of April 2010. There is a downstairs section and bar to this pub which I understand can be used for private functions and it often features live music. Food is served lunchtimes and you can always get a mean pint of the”black stuff” if you are a fan of Guinness. Update 11th June 2010 – KT Tunstall played a low-key gig here as part of a small mini tour and there is regular live music from up and coming bands . Update February 2011 Drouthys serves a fine range of draught beers (Staropramen draught went down well on Saturday 5th of February!) . There is also a fine breakfast served till lunchtime should you feel the need for healthy recovery stodge after a hard night out.. They also serve good coffee if you fancy a change from beer!

Wireless available – No

Website – none available

New Dundee West End Pub – George Orwell 170 /172 Perth Road

The George Orwell pub opened at the end of October 2013 – formerly Clancy’s Bar – description update will follow once I have paid this place a visit

Wireless available –

Website – none available

Laings Bar

-8 Roseangle

Just off the Perth Road at the foot of Airlie Place – famous for its beer garden , Laings bar is a popular place for lunch with clientele from the nearby University of Dundee , Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and the nearby Seabraes Halls of Residence . Night-times can be pretty packed too with a lively crowd of party goers.
Update Jan 2012 – A group of us went to Laings Bar for lunch – great service and a good vegetarian curry .

Wireless available – No

Laings Bar website

Tay Bridge Bar

Picture of Tay Bridge Bar - Perth Road Dundee- 129 Perth Road public bar and lounge bar one of the longest established licensed premises on the Perth road. The public bar is a good example of a traditional Scottish pub – with a good range of beers and lager and a strong empasis on chat and sport. The interconnecting lounge bar has cool wooden panels and a cosy atmosphere – can be pretty packed at the weekends. Update 19th June – a good pub to enjoy the football.

Update December 2011 – this hostelry has been closed for refurbishment – and is now open for business. The refurbishment has been extensive but at the same time they have tried to retain much of the character of this well known Dundee pub – well worth a visit!

Wireless available – No

Website – none available

The Speedwell Bar – better known as Mennies

…. the last pub on the Perth road before the Blackness library.You can start off here at Mennies and then work your way into town – or enjoy your whole evening in this Dundee institution. A well run establishment with many original features. This bar is popular with locals , students and visitors alike. If you are a visitor to town and wish to sample the best that a traditional Scottish pub has to offer then you won’t go far wrong in Mennies bar.

Wireless available – Yes (FREE)

Mennies Bar website

West Port Pubs

The West Port area is a cool little cluster of pubs and businesses – situated at the back of the main University of Dundee campus the pubs in the West Port have always been associated with a student presence. However it is not only students who visit this area – popular with University staff and shoppers from the city centre – the West Port area is a favoured place for pub lunches. Night times see a broad mix of clubbers ( Fat Sams , Liquid and London nighclubs are all nearby) , students having a drink before making their way to the Dundee University Union … and of course there is the new Casino on the other side of the West Port Roundabout.

West House Pub

Image of The West House Pub - West Port Dundee The West House (formerly Bar Bongo ). Update May 16th 2012 Personal recommendation here – earlier this week I had lunch here with three colleagues – the food was fresh , the menu interesting (not traditional pub food). Coffee was excellent – I am reliably informed that the red wine was good ; nice atmosphere ; excellent staff – will certainly be back!

Wireless available – yes – free

West House website

The Globe – 53-57 West Port

Picture of the Globe Bar Westport Dundee West End is a long established and popular bar. Closeness to the University of Dundee means that it is firmly established as a regular place to visit for lunch – student specials are available. Traditional bar food is served and there is a wide range of draught beers , good coffee too.

Wireless available – No

Website – none available


– 11 Old Hawkhill update May 2013 – Tallys is currently closed.

Wireless available – Yes (Free)

Website – none available

The D’Arcy Thompson

– 21 -23 Hawkhill this pub (formerly Mickey Coyles , Kokomo ) after refurbishment ; re-opened in March 2013 – will update you once I have paid it a visit .

Update May 7th 2013 – two of us had lunch here today – I would describe this as upmarket , quality food – my dining partner is a vegetarian and she loved the mushrooms starter and pasta main – excellent , attentive and friendly service

Wireless available – No

Website – none available


1 Temple Lane , has now opened – May 2012 – formerly Temple Lane Bar – Boudoir Bar appears to have a focus on coffees and beer .

Update July 26th 2012 – Boudoir is now serving food at lunchtimes – offering good deal on paninis and a drink

Update April 15th 2013 – Boudoir is currently closed for a refit – will update when it reopens

Update May 2013 – Boudoir is reopened after a swift redesign and refit – in my opinion a big improvement with a new bar counter on the right as you go in (it used to be stuck at the back ) definitely more open and spacious ..

I haven’t tried the food yet – will update you when I have

Located at 1 Temple Lane Dundee DD1 4HA Telephone 01382 22 59 68

Wireless available – Yes – Free

Boudoir Bar website

Duke’s Corner (formerly the Doghouse)

13 Brown Street , located in the Hawkhill on the other side of the West Port from the Globe. The Duke’s Corner is a well run establishement which has a regular showing of local live bands , serves bar lunches , has 30 plus types of beer , a nifty beer garden – well worth a visit. In summer 2011 this bar was one of the featured venues for the Dundee Blues Bonanaza – some great sounds !

Opening hours –
Open daily – 12pm-midnight Mon & Tue, 12pm-2.30am Wednesday-Sunday

Wireless available – No

Dukes Corner Bar website

Contact – 01382 20 50 52