Autumn in Dundee: Escape the cold in these quaint and cosy pubs and restaurants

Dundee has an abundance of restaurants and bars for you to feel sufficiently full up and sleepy in during the month of November (and afterwards, of course!) We’ve narrowed a few down for you to try out.

The Ship Inn

Broughty Ferry’s Ship Inn is a beautifully traditional, nineteenth century pub and restaurant, located on the bonny banks of the River Tay. The shape and interior of the building matches that of the inside of a ship, so you can feel well protected and hidden away from the colder weather.

The Ship Inn restaurant has stunning views across the River Tay (Photo: DCT Media).

With spectacular views across the Tay, majestic burgundy leather seats to sink into, fresh and locally produced food, and a welcoming bar on the ground floor, this spot is perfect for escaping to during the autumn months.

Taypark House

The city’s Baronial Taypark House is a stunning hotel (built in 1863 and rich with history) situated in the West End.

Taypark House covered by a crisp autumn sun in Dundee (Photo: DCT Media).

Taypark House restaurant is in the original drawing room of the mansion house, so you can eat delicious food whilst surrounded by traditional nineteenth-century interior features (think roaring open fire with a marble fireplace, oak flooring, and exquisite artwork). This spot is ideal to look out on to a fresh autumn’s day in.

The Fisherman’s Tavern

The Fisherman’s Tavern in Broughty Ferry is located across a row of beautifully presented seventeenth-century cottages. We’re all about soaking up tradition during the autumn months!

Fishermans has an extremely warm and welcoming atmosphere (Photo: DCT Media)

With its reputation for having friendly staff and delicious fresh food and drink, the Fisherman’s Tavern is a fantastic spot for relaxing and warming up from the inside out. Plus, it’s super close to the waterfront if you feel like a stroll before stopping in.

Dundee Art Bar

Something about Art Bar’s colourful and creative atmosphere makes it ideal for those autumn days where you fancy escaping from the outdoors (and being surrounded by live music and dogs, of course).

Art Bar looking as warm and colourful as ever!

The bar has its own piano corner where popular music acts play regularly, and the location is renowned for being super dog friendly. Oh, and if you fancy a bite to eat, tasty bar snacks are always available.

Duke’s Corner

During the Summer months, Duke’s Corner channels serious festival vibes in its busy and buzzing beer garden. When those long summer days have left us, it becomes one of the cosiest spots to visit in Dundee.

Duke’s Corner by day – the building used to be an old schoolhouse before being converted into the quirky bar that it is now (Photo: DCT Media).

Candlelit, extremely dog friendly (we’re talking a lot of dogs, folks), and equipped with a stage and regular live music performances, Duke’s Corner is super atmospheric and relaxing. Plus, it serves a delicious selection of food and drinks. If you fancy bracing the outdoors to breathe in the autumn air at any point, the restaurant’s beer garden has several large open fires to sit with a hot drink by as well.

The George Orwell

The George Orwell provides you with an exquisite and unique bar experience – surrounded by a vast selection of old-fashioned books, Orwell inspired artwork, open candles with dripping wax, board games (jenga being an all time favourite), and so much more, you will dive into this Parisian-esque bar during the autumn months to soak up all the culture.

The Orwell’s unique and colourful exterior (Photo: DCT Media).

Don’t miss out on The Orwell’s authentically Parisian vibes!

Your next stop

Here’s a selection of warm and cosy indoor activities for you to enjoy when the weather isn’t doing too great (oh, Scotland).

Claire Merten