17 reviews of Hootananny in English
this place always has a great atmosphere. there is usually scottish music playing downstairs and a band upstairs for younger people. a good selection of drinks and a good mixuture of people hanging around the place. always makes for a good night out
This is a strange pub, feeling somewhat like two different venues sharing the same room. One is a functional, rustic/rural Scottish watering hole with real ale and live music. The other serves Thai food and is decorated with lotus leaf motifs and oriental style charcoal line drawings.
The food is good and feels reasonably authentic. There is plenty of choice in beers and spirits.
Apart from food and beer one thing this place has in buckets is character. If it were a wild west saloon John Wayne would stride in every night and gun down a nare-do-well before making a snappy remark.
Definitely worth a visit or two.
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Hoots is a nice local intimate venue. Welcoming and small enough to feel personal. Any gigs i have attended here have not been a disappointment. The staff tend to know their stuff and are friendly. The bar isn’t overpriced and the sound is good. Not the best if you are claustrophobic but then what intimate venue is.
Good mix of locals and visitors so you’ll feel welcome here.
Highly recommend a visit to all :D
this is the second best venue for music/comedy in inverness. second only to ironworks, which is caters to a different sort of band anyway. there is mad hatters on the middle floor - mostly of interest to rockers - there is currently a heavy metal nigth on wednesdays, new bands on thursdays and cover bands on fridays and saturdays. it is a smallish dark sweaty venue - absolutely great for the local bands that play - mystic shoes, waiting for bruce etc. on the top floor is an occasional comedy club type venue. this is pretty small and probably hasn’t taken off like it could - there have been a coupler of attempts to have a comedy club in inverness over the years which haven’t worked for some reason. on the ground floor, is the main celtic music venue for inverness - there are regular gigs from all sorts of people - my most recent favourite being angus and julia stone. on the ground floor there is also good eating - thai especially and good real ale for the beardies!
Hootananny’s main selling point is the great live music, with a very strong local/celtic bias. It can be relied upon to be very busy when music on and a great place to chill when their is no music. The crowd are mostly tourists or visitors, which makes for a more holiday and relaxed feel to the place.
It is easy enough to get a drink despite the general busyness and the staff that I have experienced are polite and friendly. The management are keen to try new things with comedy and film being experimented with in the past.In summary a great place to spend a night in if you are visiting inverness.
Until the Ironworks Music Hall came along, Hootanannys was the main place for live music in Inverness, and still challenges Ironworks for the best local bands.
Featuring mostly traditional Scottish music from local bands, Hootanannys features Scottish folk music downstairs, all bagpipes and cellos, and upstairs is the trendy area - local up-and-coming talent, rocking out with the youth of Inverness dancing along.
The drink can be a little on the expensive side, but is across the road from a cheap Wetherspoons pub to go to once your band finishes their set.
Still the king of the local music scene, this bar is well worth a visit.
Many a happy evening spent in Hoots! Live music, great food, fantastic beer. If you are looking for the craic you’ll find it here. Music ranges from traditional Scottish folk to hard rock and ska. A pub popular with both locals and tourists. It’s probably the best pub in Inverness - in fact if a certain brand of lager was to make pubs this is what it would look like!
Haven’t been this year due to other commitments, but this is an amazing pub. Almost every night there are rock bands playing upstairs. Downstairs is plain floorboards and battered tables, but a wonderful atmosphere, especially when the locals start arriving with a multiplicity of instruments then start a general sing around. Although the food is advertised as Thai, there are other choices. If you want ordinary “British” grub, cheaply, there is a Wetherspoons lodge almost opposite on Church Street (also good place to stay).
a wicked fun little pub (actually it is quite large in size but that doesn’t sound as good.) I like the pub part a lot, nice pub-like decor. I didn’t try the food -- Thai, they serve Thai food here which seemed strange not very pub-like. they also seem to be a popular pace for listening to live local music (extra stars in my book for that) although no one was playing when we where there>
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