BEHIND THE WALL, 14 MELVILLE STREET
When sitting in here with a pint of ale at hand you may find your
thoughts turn to women's breasts. Sigh, it's just one of the hazards of
drinking real ale. The building was in fact once a Playtex Bra factory.
To be honest, it would be a much more interesting place if instead of
dispensing ale in pints and half-pints they dispensed it in
specially-made bra-sized containers. You could, for example, then ask
for a 36D of whichever ale took your fancy. And when you were ready to
hit the road you would at least have something to keep your ears warm in
cold weather. But they don't. Ah well. Nice display of Aitken's
bottled beer inside.
THE WHEATSHEAF INN, 16 BAXTER'S WYND
A superb old inn full of real Falkirk people, real ale, and real
advertising mirrors from old Scottish breweries, like McEwan's
'Pale India Ale'. Delightful wood panelling along with
intriguingly carved tables and chairs make this the most interesting pub
in the town, and without question the best.
CARRON WORKS, BANK STREET
What was once an old Falkirk cinema has been transformed into a
sprawling open-plan Wetherspoon's pub that retains many original
features and still feels cinema-ish.
UNION INN, 2 PORTDOWNIE
The Union Inn has an almost iconic old-canal-inn look about it.
It stands alone beside the waters of the Forth & Clyde Canal,
looking tall and proud and quite magnificent. If you choose to
follow the Little Walk that I have outlined in the
page, then you will pass the Union Inn on your way back to
Falkirk, and I would recommend that you pop in and check it out.
The interior is as magnificent as the exterior. It is old and
wonderful. Okay, a few alterations may have taken place over the
years, but it still retains an ageing charm that feels oh so
good. There was no real ale on draught when I was there, but
they have bottles of ale, and although not local it is
nonetheless a start (next stage: local bottled ale, guys? You
know it makes sense!).
CANAL INN, 14 CANAL STREET
The Canal Inn is another wonderful old pub that sits right
beside the Forth & Clyde Canal, just along from the Union Inn,
and as such may be visited during the Little Walk that I have
outlined in the
'Other Stuff' page. When I was there they had no
real ale, either on draught or in bottles, but the interior is
just so rustic and charming that I would advise you not to miss
it. It is plainly laid out inside, with stone floors and stone
walls and bric-à-brac like old bottles and brasses and pottery
adorning many surfaces. This is a lovely pub. I could spend my
whole life in a place like this.