The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill

4.7
112 Reviews
£25 and under
British
One of the most unique bars in Ayr, The Smoking Goat is a tucked away spot decked out with comfy booths and cave-like walls. From historical interiors and gin cocktails to the newly upgraded outdoor terrace, this is a pretty special place to spend your evening. A basement bar with a lazy feel, its comfy seating is perfectly suited to its music policy. With a flowing roster of acoustic nights of up and coming bands makes this a great underground venue to check out great underground talent. The Smoking Goat is one slick subterranean hideout.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 112 people are saying
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Lou13
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening! The service, venue, food and entertainment was great. The staff made our birthday gathering even better. Would definitely go again!

JB
JenniferB
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drink, love the vibe and the staff were great👍

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LindaG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious if messy food , lovely service , nice relaxed atmosphere

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TeenaS
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting and they seen our posts and wanted to visit and we knew they would like it and they did they loved it as much as us, the Solero cocktail was amazing! Great food and friendly staff and a cheeky churro to finish the meal off. Would 100% recommend

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Mtb20
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for drinks or for food would highly recommend 👍

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GusH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, tasty food. Jarl ale was perfect. Very good value.
Service was friendly, efficient and enthusiastic
Cellar location fascinating.
Will be back, hopefully many times.

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Hels
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time at The Smoking Goat. Arrived and sat at the bar as our table wasn't ready but we were 10 mins early so that was fine.Ordered our drink with the barman and were then shown to our table. We were giving menus and 20 mins passed and still no drinks or order taken. We asked the young girl who quickly sorted this. The menu and drinks menu was very good. The food arrived and was excellent. Service was very slow but it was very busy.
During our main course my friend and I asked for a glass of water each to which we were told the iPads were off and we’d need to order at the bar. Half way through eating, with a long bar queue would have just made our food cold by the time we got water so we didn’t approach the bar.
As soon as our main courses were cleared the bill arrived (hadn’t asked for this) and no less than two mins later a young waitress over asking if we were paying by card or cash… I guess that was us told we were to go! That was the fastest service we received that night - when we were asked to pay.
Being in hospitality I would say that although the staff were really nice it was too busy for the amount of staff that they had on.
Hopefully go back again and maybe on a less quieter night. Overall average.

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Purplemoon19
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and drink, bit loud but moved table and was a bit better, really nice place to eat though, and cocktails nice and strong!

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OpenTable Diner
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great ambiance and really good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

The pizza had far too much tomato sauce on the base and overpowered the taste of everything else. Ended up leaving half of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience altogether. Food, drinks, service, everything was enjoyable.

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FergieM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal for 6, in fact it was more like a banquet.
Food was great, so much better than your normal bar menu.
Lovely, friendly staff and nice setting

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IreneM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always go here when visiting Ayr love it - service food and atmosphere is amazing

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FeeD
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It would have been better if there wasn’t people smoking in the outside at all, they were in a designated area but the smell just wafted all over and it wasn’t pleasant

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LyndaD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great burgers and our friends enjoyed the pizza. Big portions, lots of sides but if you order the burger you don't really need them.

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KirstyM
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smoking Goat has a very chilled atmosphere , friendly staff,great quality food,with generous portion sizes, The goujons in particular are very tasty.
A must visit for day and night.
The outside area is cosy and very pretty at night.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place and atmosphere in Ayr for food and/or Drink

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StuartC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, great atmosphere food and staff were great and made my daughter’s birthday extra special

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JacquiR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve been and will be back again. The ambiance was delightful, lovely food. Great chilled vibe and Andie made us feel so welcome and comfortable, he’s that bit of sparkle you want on a night out. Thanks

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JoannaW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere
Delicious food and drinks
Impeccable and friendly service
Incredible value
Favourite place

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CharlesD
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This delightful and quirky establishment offers generous portions with plenty of flavour and a staff that are very helpful and thoughtful; well worth a visit for tasty good “fast food freshly cooked”.

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IzabelaL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quick bite. Staff very professional and friendly.

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Danny
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very friendly and atmospheric venue (we were inside). Food was delicious and plenty, great service and drinks.

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KateC
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night out at the Smoking Goat. Great atmosphere with attentive and friendly staff and to top it all yummy food and drinks.

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GillianD
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back!! Lovely meal, superb cocktails and great value for money 🤩

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GemmaW
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favourite place to eat and drink cocktails. Yummy food and nice staff.

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AlistairK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goat burger was best burger I’ve had in a long time. Staff were very friendly and helpful

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CatD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and it’s good value. Best venue in Ayr

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Ains
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food was ok. Had better.
The outside area waffed cigarette smoke into the restaurant which was annoying.
The staff were friendly and efficient

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ShannonR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been to the smoking goat a handful of times now and it’s always been a good experience. If it’s drinks or dinner I’ve always been happy with the service and overall visit, food is brilliant and reasonably priced and they do a great variety of cocktails. The beer garden is one of the nicest I’ve been to. Definitely recommend!

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GaryH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our lunch and drinks yesterday and will definitely be back again ☺️

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Chole
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We arrived at 8:30 and ordered drinks (we were sitting outside). We’re then shockingly handed a bill for both our two drinks which hadn’t arrived at 9pm. Two members of staff said they were going to chase our drinks up but never sped anything up unfortunately. We are really disappointed as our previous experience at the smoking goat was fantastic. Felt poorly looked after last night. Disappointing and won’t be back.

The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill
Responded on August 3, 2021

hi Chloe sorry you felt disappointed with your last visit. our last booking slots are 8.45. we give everyone in the beer garden bills at 9pm this is because it closes at 10pm and many people in the past have ran away without paying bills or have wandered out the back gate and forget to pay.we were very busy when you arrived our bar team had more than 20 checks on of cocktails & there was a wait on drinks we have rectified this situation for future. we operate pay as you go from 9pm onwards as we feel this is the best option for not losing out on unpaid bills. it so happened you were late for your booking also and we kept your table for you but with bills going out 15/20 mins after your late arrival pre 9pm was standard procedure for every night. hope this explains why you received a bill so soon. we are disappointed you felt you needed to give us a 1 star review esp after you said you had a fantastic experience the first time and have not seen the five star review written for this occasion.many thanks the management

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, great food and drink.

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Frazer
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went in with some friends after a wee day out. Saw some reviews on Google and it looked promising, and I was not disappointed! The area itself is really neat, and the staff were super nice through-out. Food was brilliant, the choice from both menus are really good, and over-all just great!

We all agreed we would be back soon with more people!

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LynseyB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at the smoking goat. Brought our friends who were visiting from out of the area for a birthday and we all loved it. No complaints. Love the Coronarita's top my favourite!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Place was stunning, food was outstanding and staff were great. We just couldn’t get a dessert and had to get something somewhere else as we had to wait a good while because they came over and said there kitchen was swamped, it was then 8 o’clock after we had dinner and because we had an 11 and 13 year old we had to leave unfortunately.

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Rdesouza
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely summer vibes, with great staff, drinks and food. Prefect for a date night.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiters were very lovely most especially (did not get his name) but he grew up on a farm, loved horses and my wee pup pics. Cracking xx

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JennyK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly & attentive service. Excellent food. We'll be back.

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MaxK
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience3

Had the chicken, chorizo and waffles. Quite disappointing. Took quite a while to arrive, about 40 minutes (I think). I thought the waffles would be fluffy and homemade, they where shop bought Belgian waffles, that would’ve been okay if they hadn’t been burnt. Buttermilk chicken was nice and crispy, but very bland. Onion ring where decent.

I did address my complaint to the waitress, she apologised, told the chef and it was deducted from the bill. So that was appreciated.

Had high hopes for this place, was disappointed.

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The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.