The cultural center of St. Andrews is the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street (tel. 01334/475-000; www.byretheatre.com), which features drama ranging from Shakespeare plays to musical comedies. Tickets cost £6 to £20 adults, £5 to £12 children. Pick up a weekly version of What's On in Fife from the local tourist office to find out what's featured.
Victoria, 1A St. Mary's Place (tel. 01334/476-964), is the place to catch a live band in St. Andrews. This student-filled pub occasionally features folk, rock, and blues acts, as well as karaoke every Friday. There's no live music in summer. John Smiths, Beamish Stout, McEwans Lager, 78 Shilling, and 80 Shilling are available on tap. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1am, Sunday 11am to midnight, and Monday 10am to midnight.
A pub since 1904, the Central Bar, at the corner of Market and College streets (tel. 01334/478-296), is an antiquated room with a jukebox, and it can become rowdy during a football or tennis match. The best brews here are Old Peculiar, Theakstons XB, and McEwans Lager. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:30am to 1am.
Chariots, The Scores (tel. 01334/472-451), in the Scores Hotel, attracts mainly a local crowd, ranging from 30 to 60 years old, who gather in the evening for conversation over a pint. Despite a strong regional tradition of beer brewing, two outsiders, Guinness and Millers, are featured on tap. Open daily from 5pm to midnight. Hours can vary, especially on weekends, so call ahead.