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Submitted on Monday, 17th April 2017
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The Goth, Bathgate

50A West Main Street
Postal town: Bathgate
EH48 3QA
Phone: 01501730257
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David Ross left this review about The Goth

The name is an abbreviation of Gothenburg and this is one of a handful of pubs in Scotland still run under the "Gothenburg System." This was developed in the Swedish city of that name with the aim of discouraging excessive drinking and the consumption of spirits. The idea was that the pubs should not be too attractive or welcoming and no credit was given and gambling was banned. The intention was that profits from alcohol sales would go to local good causes such as libraries and community projects.
Although it has nothing to do with Goths in the fashion sense of the term, most of the customers were actually dressed in black. This was because I had accidentally wandered into a funeral reception. The atmosphere was, consequently, rather subdued, with no music playing and the TV switched off, although it was still open to the general public. Despite the Gothenburg ethos, I did find the pub, which consists of a single, square shaped lounge, both attractive and welcoming. A pint of Guinness cost me £3.05 and Belhaven Best, Belhaven Light, Tennent's lager and Magner's cider were also on draught.

On 17th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Colin Walker
Armadale (W Lothian), 1.28 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Blackridge, 2.39 miles, 46 min walk (show)
Bathgate, 2.88 miles, 55 min walk (show)
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17th Apr 2017, 17:52
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17th Apr 2017, 16:01
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  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 18 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : No last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
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