We got here just as the band were packing up and there was a definite end of night atmosphere already, despite it only being around 930pm on a Saturday. Either that or we were too early and things were yet to kick off.
It was pretty dark inside (“darker than a bat’s tw*t” say the lads’ notes), and this had little to do with the fact there are essentially no windows. Clearly the place is aimed at students, with student discounts, snapfax offers and shooters etc. However, there are 4 cask taps and not a Deuchars in sight. Given that it was the last Saturday before Christmas, it’s quite possible that most of the students were already away home for the Christmas break, hence the relative quietness. It still attracts a range of ages and walks of life. There are regular poetry nights, quiz nights, and live music.
The pub is named after Thomas Blacklock (1721-1791), blinded by smallpox at an early age, and much later encouraged Robert Burns to stay in Scotland instead of emigrating to the West Indies. He lived in Nicolson House which now contains the pub, the neighbouring Counting House and The Peartree. More history on the pub’s website.
As part of Caledonian Heritable, it’s a sister pub of the Pear Tree next door, Ryan’s Bar, Tiles etc.
Pub 10 of 15 on our pre-Christmas bender.
Cask: Strathbraan Look West, Old Worthy XP, Knops East Coast Pale, Caledonian Vienna Red. Keg: Calton Gold, McEwans 80, T, Caledonia Best, Estrella, Stella Artois, Guinness, Kronenbourg 1664, Strongbow.
No price for the round but their price list on the wall said around £3.95 per pint for the big brand name beers.
Live music most nights, quiz night, poetry nights. Arras (darts), books, games, sport on the big screen.