This Old City pub features live music, over 300 Scotches, and Scottish pub fare such as fish and chips and smoked salmon. The chicken and cider pie offers a unique take on the standard meat pie. If you’ve never had a Scotch Egg, a bite of one of these luscious sausage-wrapped boiled eggs, will hook you for life. For dessert, you have a choice of scones with ice cream or the only fried Mars bar in town. (Tip: The fried Mars bar is also better than it sounds.)

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From the Highlands to the Lowlands and even here in the Tennessee Valley, the culture of Scotland is a powerful force for great drink, good food, and quality fun. If that sounds a little too bold a thing to say, then doubters should find their way to Boyd’s Jig and Reel, a lively pub of pure Scottish heritage right at the corner of Jackson and Central.

Boyd’s is a traditional Scottish pub with all the trimmings you might imagine. Kilts are welcome, and even encouraged—every second Wednesday is a dedicated Kilt Night! They stock 250 different Scotches and host tastings every third Wednesday of the month when, for a wee charge, avid fans of the malt can approach all that whiskey in an organized and educational manner.

The menu is traditional Scottish fare served in style. One of their most popular items, macaroni pie, is essentially a decadent mac ’n’ cheese covered in puff pastry and topped with a sprinkle of Benton’s bacon. A top contender for the best ever, Boyd’s fish and chips features a big hand-cut fillet of fresh Icelandic cod dipped in homemade beer batter and fried to a perfect crunch. The chips are also hand-cut in-house and are slightly addictive. Even more addictive is the Scotch egg—it’s a simple but amazing dish. Imagine a hard-boiled egg enrobed in sausage, lightly breaded, and then fried to the golden brown color that makes mouths water.

The fun at Boyd’s Jig and Reel doesn’t stop with the pleasures of the palate. In real pub fashion, there’s always something happening, and it’s often in the form of a “session.” This kind of informal musical gathering is a long tradition in the old country. Folks bring instruments, voices, and/or a merry disposition to share songs with a pint of good ale. At Boyd’s, there are several different sessions to partake, including Scottish and Irish (as you might expect), but there’s also a Hillbilly Session. Led by songwriter and all around musical talent, Sarah Pirkle, this session is rooted in Appalachia. The sessions rotate, but all that information is available on their website. If that isn’t enough activity, Boyd’s hosts an old-time jam, Scottish country-dance, and some great bands on the weekends.

“Pub,” of course, is short for “public house”—and Boyd’s is a public house that could easily become a home away from home in no time.

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 4 p.m. 3 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 3 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 3 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 3 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 3 a.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. 3 a.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 4 p.m.
3 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
3 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
3 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
3 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
3 a.m.
Saturday 4 p.m.
3 a.m.

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