The Best Bars, Pubs & Beer Gardens in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Best Bars and Pubs in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae


So, you’ve landed yourself in Millport after a long day and you’re looking for somewhere to wet the whistle. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Whether it’s been a day of scenic walks, cycling or relaxing at the beach, it gets to that time in the day where you deserve to settle down and enjoy a drink.

Something we always get asked is “well, where’s the best pub in Millport?” and to be honest, it’s not an easy answer.

Even though Millport is only a wee town on a wee Island, there are a number of brilliant options for bars and pubs. Here are your choices…

The Millport Pier Hotel

Millport Pier Hotel, Cumbrae

Where: Quayhead Street, KA28 0AP.

What: A Harbour-side hotel and bar with beer garden and sea views.

The Millport Pier Hotel is a welcoming bar and restaurant which can be found next to the pier (funnily enough). You can expect a wide selection of alcohol as well as locally sourced, freshly cooked food.

Our favourite thing about The Millport Pier Hotel is the outside beer garden. It’s a wee sun trap on a nice day and the views across the water are superb – would recommend.

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The Newton Bar

The Newton Bar

Where: 1-2 Glasgow Street, KA28 0DJ.

What: A family-friendly pub serving food by the sea.

The Newton Bar is a fantastic bar/restaurant and certainly worth a visit when you come to the Isle of Cumbrae. Visitors always praise the food, and some say it’s the best on the island.

You can expect a great drink selection, quiz nights, a winning atmosphere and really friendly staff. It’s dog friendly too! What’s not to like?

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    • Frasers Bar

      Frasers Bar

      Where: 7 Cardiff St, KA28 0AS.

      What: Pub Grub and a wide range of beers.

      Here you’ll be greeted with lovely staff, great service and a nice local atmosphere.

      If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, then this might be the one for you. Check out the expansive selection of craft beers and local ales.

      Sunny weather? Superb, there’s a lovely wee beer garden out the back door. Pouring with rain? Not to worry! There’s a roaring fireplace inside to warm up. The best of both worlds.

      Frasers bar is definitely one of the best pubs in Millport – never a disappointment!

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      The Twa Dugs

      The Twa Dugs

      Where: 16 Stuart St, KA28 0AJ.

      What: A cosy pub with a brilliant atmosphere.

      The Twa Dugs is a dog-friendly pub (hence the name) and can be found near the seafront in Millport town. It’s a small, one-room bar but it’s lively at the weekends. In a Covid-free world, you could expect great entertainment including live bands and karaoke.

      It’s known for its terrific service, friendly staff and it’s popular with the locals. You won’t be let down by a visit to The Twa Dugs.

      Top Tip: The Twa Dugs is known for a good whiskey, so it’s one to visit if that’s your thing!

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      Leaning towards a G&T? All of the local bars serve the brand new and locally distilled ‘NostalGin’. Best served with tonic, bramble liqueur, and ice.

      Cumbrae Gin Distillery

      You can read more about the NostalGin Distillery and tours in our “Unique Things to See and Do in Millport” blog.

      The Tavern

      The Tavern

      Where: 36 Glasgow Street, KA28 0DL

      What: A friendly bar with great entertainment.

      The Tavern is a very welcoming bar with lovely owners. When the world allows, there’s all sorts of entertainment, from bingo to karaoke.

      They also tend to play football and other sports on the TV, including the Champions League – why not give them a message on their Facebook Page to check first?

      Sunny weather, why not have a pint out the back? It’s our favourite beer garden on the island!

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      Don’t drink on an empty stomach! Check out The Best Places to Eat in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.

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      Ultimate Guide to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae:

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2 Replies to “The Best Bars, Pubs & Beer Gardens in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae”

    1. Hi James, thanks for the comment. Indeed, the busses are run by SPT and offer concessions.



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