Bottoms Up at Copper Dog

A Thursday night brunch at JBR’s Scottish bar

Bottoms Up at Copper Dog
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It’s thursday night and you know what that means: Freedom. Now bawl that in the manner of William Wallace and you’re half way to Bottoms Up.

But if you’re after haggis, neeps and tatties, battered Mars bars and Irn Bru, you won’t get it here. For all the upholstery is tartan and the walls are antler-adorned, the brunch is more Uncle Sam than Sean Connery.

American-style bar food reigns supreme and you’ll be presented with the likes of loaded nachos, mini sliders, ribs, chicken wings and mac ’n’ cheese that don’t exactly Trump (ahem) the traditional Highlands dishes we were hoping for. We’re a bit disappointed by the lack of pies, mash, toad in the hole and the like and the food platter that arrives is slightly sorry-looking.

It’s pretty standard as bar food goes but for something to pick at, you could do a lot worse.

You can also repeat dishes, and we make light work of several bowls of chips, which are big chunky boulders of things, and probably the best dish on offer – make of that what you will. But for Dhs295 for house beverages it’s a decent deal to round off the week with.

There’s also the opportunity to try your hand at some American-esque games like hops pong, as well as darts and a pool table, which gets a wee bit rowdy as the night goes on and the venue fills.

That being said, the atmosphere is lively from the get-go, and the bar is heaving with pubgoers intent on starting the weekend properly.

It’s relaxed and low-key, and you’d be just as comfortable in jeans and trainers as in skyscraper heels, as the clientele is a real mix.
Staff are attentive and beverages come thick and fast. The DJ also deserves a shout out, with pop classics from across the decades getting diners up out of their seats and onto the floor.

It may be lacking Highland flair, and foodies should give this one a wide berth, but if you’re after a few after work drinks and games in a buzzing pub, Bottoms Up should be on your list.

A Thursday night brunch at JBR’s Scottish bar

For hops pong and a game of pool

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