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The Best Pubs in Paisley

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The Best Pubs in Paisley.

We recently asked our members on our Facebook Group what were their top 3 pubs in Paisley and we have compiled a list of those pubs below. Should you have a suggestion then please add it to our comments at the foot of the page, if you do not use Facebook then you can also send in your suggestion using our contact page.

There have been many changes over the last decade or so in Paisley, pubs have changed hands, closed down or moved away. Thankfully we still have a pretty decent pub and entertainment scene in town and most within walking distance of each other. It is a difficult financial climate for landlords to operate in and Scotland’s smoking ban, which has been in force since 2006, has meant that establishments have had to adapt to the challenges of bringing in new customers whilst keeping regular customers happy. (links below are not the responsibility of

In no particular order the best pubs in Paisley are..

      1. Paddy Malarky’s
      2. The Bull Inn
      3. The Tea Gardens Tavern
      4. The Wee Howff
      5. The Old Swan
      6. Hamishes’ Hoose
      7. Canal Station
      8. The Bungalow
      9. The Bankhouse
      10. Lord Loundsdale
      11. The Club Bar
      12. The Tile Bar
      13. Gabriels
      14. The Anchor Bar
      15. Wig n Pen
      16. Craig Dhu
      17. The Argyll Bar
      18. The Alamo
      19. The Abbey Bar
      20. Kilty Kilty
      21. Kennedys
      22. Cafe Borgia


One name that comes up whenever we discuss pubs in Paisley is Carnegie’s (old Tudor Arms). This popular pub and nightspot has lain empty for many years yet people still talk about it, which got me thinking. Is there such a place existing now that we may be talking about in years to come?

“The best pubs in Paisley” list will be helpful when you come to visit one of the 15 best places to visit in Paisley, or kill two birds with one stone and visit one of the pubs that feature in our 15 best places to eat and drink in Paisley.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the pubs in Paisley but I do hope that it gets you thinking about what we still have in town.  We would encourage you to pop in and have a drink, something to eat and of course relax and enjoy yourself.

I would like to say thanks to all our contributors below..

Wilma Hendrie Steele, Allan Lindsay, Doug Hepburn, Angie Heaney, Allan Lindsay, Christina Pieraccini, Ronnie Townsend, Marie Connelly, Mark Anderson, George Cumming, Allan McClure, Willie Roberton, Jean-Marie Stewart, Brian Fraser, Frederic Charre, Barbara Happy Gilmour, Amanda Lewis, Martin Eaglesham, Graeme McIntyre, Kevin Doyle, Kirstie Porteous, Lynsey Moore, Lynne Morrow, Andy Campbell, Paul Halbert, Walter Hawthornthwaite, Mags MacGee, David Mitchell, Scott Manson, Duncan Deans, Lesley King, Billy Curr, Craig Sinclair, Kirsty McDonald and Allan Moore.

Paisley Pub Guide Photos from 2005:

I used to run the Paisley Pub Guide many years ago and took loads of photos for the website, unfortunately I do not have the high resolution images but you may still be able to see some changes and pubs that are no longer in the town.

Please note this was 2005 and not recent photographs.

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15 Best places to eat and drink in Paisley

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15 Best places to eat and drink in Paisley.

Following on from our 15 Best places to visit in Paisley we asked the community on our Facebook group where they thought were the best places to eat, drink and be merry. As usual the community did not disappoint and helped give suggestions of various places, which should help when you are either popping into the town for some shopping, going to relax with a coffee, or have a bite to eat with a little aperitif before a night out on the town…

  1. Cardosi’s – This is a fantastic restaurant with a long standing and good name, it has an excellent menu, amazing specials and the staff are very friendly and attentive.
  2. Hamishes’ Hoose – This is a pub, live entertainment venue, restaurant and just a fine place to visit whenever you are in town for a nibble and some great fun, thoroughly recommended.
  3. dinner is servedAlan’s Chip Shop – This is quite possibly the best Fish & Chip Restaurant in Paisley, if not in Scotland (ok so we might be running away with ourselves here). Alan’s Chippie has also been in Paisley for many years, it has a take away counter as well as a seating area for a nice fish tea.
  4. Kwang Tung – One of the best Chinese take-aways and restaurants out there in our opinion and the food is always great, served by friendly staff and the menu is what you would expect from a decent restaurant.
  5. Gabriel’s – Lovely food at good prices with some friendly staff to help you make your choice, a great place to eat, drink and socialise.
  6. Kilty Kilty – A favourite for lunch for families and also a top pub and nightspot in town, well run and with some great entertainment to dance away those nights on the town.
  7. Lord Lounsdale – This is a popular place to go if you are out with the family or friends and looking to eat or drink. It has a regular crowd with a pool table, big screen TVs and a warm atmosphere, certainly popular with people looking to start quietly before hitting the town.
  8. Thai Siam – Great food and friendly staff with pre theatre deals on regularly. To some this is the best place in Paisley and never disappoints.
  9. The BBQ Shack – A newcomer on the food scene in Paisley but judging by the popularity of the place it will be here for a long time to come, portions are big and taste is huge. One word of caution, phone in before you visit to make sure they have what you are looking for as they run out fast.
  10. Multan – This place is amazing for food and it usually comes with a great service and value for money is almost guaranteed.
  11. Mirage – This is a cracking place and well known and popular.
  12. The Last Post – This former GPO in Paisley is now a huge public bar, it has no music so makes an ideal place to chat to friends over a lovely meal.
  13. Cibo – One of Paisley’s newer eateries and quickly establishing itself with people as being a taste heaven. This is right next to Paisley’s Sma Shot Cottages and is lovely for couples and families alike.
  14. Abbey Inn – Another fine bar for lunch, dinner and great refreshments afterwards with excellent staff and decent banter.
  15. Lees Diner – If it’s a decent lunch you’re after when you are out shopping in town, pop to the In-Shops inside the Paisley Centre, recommended and value for money.

Visitor added suggestions.

  1. La Rambla – The old Bungalow Bar just down from Reid Kerr College suggested by John McCarney.
  2. La Mesa – New Street Paisley suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  3. Canal Station – The Old Canal Street Station suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  4. La Dolce Vita – Up there with the best, suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  5. Bella Roma – Suggested by Angie McGregor who was surprised not to see it on the list above. Also Stewart Wilson suggested here. Just out the backdoor of Gilmour Street Train station.
  6. Jam Jar – Shuttle Street, Paisley Family favourite, fab food, friendly staff, balloons for the kids, cocktails for the grown ups, good prices, fab portions, suggested by Joanne Thompson.
  7. East End Tandoori – It’s where Chris Pattison says is the first place he goes when coming back home from Barcelona.
  8. The Grumpy Monkey – in Moss Street for a great place to eat ? Always had lovely food and coffee in there. The home baking is to die for suggested by Paul.


This is no way an exhaustive list, if you have an establishment you would recommend then please add it to the comments below and we will add it to the page over time. (For non FB users please email them in)

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to add their comments and help with this list. They are as follows..


Andy Campbell, Angie Heaney, Margaret Blair, Kevin Doyle, Stuart Duffy, Sandra Lemetti, Lyndsay Yekaterina, Mary Odonnell, Lesley King, Angela Keating, Lynsey Moore, Lynsey Allan, Alison Jane Richardson, Mags MacGee, Aileen Wilson, Joe Atkinson, Dawn Robertson, Linda Neilson, John Campbell, Judith Walker and Norma Hagan.

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We’re ale backing Paisley!


We’re ale backing Paisley!

A CAMPAIGN is using thousands of beer mats to promote one of Scotland’s largest towns as the place to go for a good night out.

The drink mats featuring the words ‘Paisley is…havin’ a good time’ are part of a campaign to promote a positive message about Paisley and encourage more people to visit the town centre.

And with the message ‘Paisley is… saying drink sensibly’ on the flip side, the beer mats are being distributed around the town’s pubs and clubs.

Now the businessman behind the recent re-opening of a well-known Paisley pub is backing the campaign to promote the town.

David Davidson has recently revamped Corkers Bar, in Causeyside Street and all his customers are being given the ‘Paisley is…’ beer mats with their drinks.

David said: “There’s been a lot of positive activity going on in an around Paisley recently, especially with the success of The Mod and The Spree festival that took place in the town.

“Regeneration is the buzzword and there’s a bit of impetus in Paisley now.

“I think the town’s revival is on and it’s all about keeping that impetus going. There’s a feeling of positivity and we just need to keep our foot on the gas and move forward.”

David, who also owns the La Mesa Spanish restaurant, in New Street, Paisley added: “Paisley is a town with lots of potential and quite a few good small businesses have now opened in the town.

“We’re doing our wee bit for Paisley, but re-opening Corkers is a good business opportunity as well – we wouldn’t be doing it otherwise.

“The town centre should be a mix of leisure businesses, restaurants, shops and also people living in the town centre – it’s all about generating footfall.

“With more choice of quality cafes, bars and restaurants in Paisley offering good service then people will come back to the town centre.”

The Paisley Vision Board is behind the promotional beermats as part of their wider campaign to promote a more positive image of the town.

The ‘Paisley is…’ marketing initiative uses the letters ‘i’ and ‘s’ in the word Paisley to tee-up different positive messages about the town.

Its chairman, Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan said: “Using beer mats is quite a unique way to get the message across that Paisley has a lot to offer when it comes to people’s leisure time.

“There are a lot of good business people in the town centre working hard to give people choices when it comes to having a night out.”

Other local bars who have been given the beer mats as part of Paisley Vision Board’s campaign to promote the town include The Old Swan Inn, in Smithhills Street; Hamishes’ Hoose, in the High Street; The Last Post, County Square; The Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street; The Abbey Bar, Lawn Street; Gabriel’s, Gauze Street and Paddy Malarkey’s, The Bull Inn and Cafuffals, all in New Street.