How exciting! The Merchant City Festival is now only a few weeks away. 300 eclectic events will unfold between 25 – 29 July, everything from street art, music, workshops, film, food, design and more – really something for every taste.
So with so much to see and do, I’ve already been looking through the hundreds of alluring events and picking my favourites.
One stands alone
But there’s one that literally stands above all others.
Sure there’s a few self-proclaimed ‘big men’ in Glasgow but there is only one Big Man Walking – a larger than life blue puppet who will make his way through Glasgow’s city-centre on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July. And even though we’ve already met, I am looking forward to reuniting with my eight-metre high friend Big Man Walking.
He’s hard to miss – in fact; he’s unmissable so make sure you get out to see this impressive giant during the festivities. We’ll certainly be enjoying this and many of the other events on offer – and of course hoping for some well-deserved sunshine.
My last Big Man encounter in Bute in 2009
A few tiny puppeteers to get him to his feet
Big Man, big wardrobe – of course
The Big Man walking tall
Parking. We take it seriously in Glasgow….kind of…
This humid, muggy weather makes facing a hot kitchen unbearable. And so I head off to meet friends at Bar Soba. The minute we sit down my work day melts away in cool surroundings.
Described as ‘Pan-Asian street food’, there’s a plethora of flavoursome choice – but admittedly I have firm favourites Salt and Pepper Crispy Fried baby Squid (£4.95), – the best in the city, and Thai Red Snapper for a main (£13.95). But tonight we are trying the 5pm pre-theatre menu so I’m forced to experiment. But at £13.95 for two courses and a glass of wine it’s too good to pass up. I finally settle on Pad Thai Spring Rolls and Thai Green Chicken Curry.
Swift service and sensational food
Service is swift and the food is delish – beautiful spring rolls are delicately spiced and nutty served with an addictive dipping sauce. And the generous serving of creamy Thai Green Curry has just the right amount of kick. But the real Bar Soba speciality has to be their cocktails.
Cool off with the perfect drink
Their extensive and impressive cocktail menu includes everything from martinis to high balls (and more) – there’s the classics and more contemporary, really a drink for every mood with every ingredient imaginable. I’m torn between a Shortbread Martini and an Orange Brule; the martini wins in the end.
Expectations exceeded, these drinks revive and refresh – sadly no pictures because we couldn’t hold back. And for all you cocktail connoisseurs – there’s cocktail master classes on offer at Soba so you can perfect the art of the stand-out drink.
So get yourself to Mitchell Lane for a bit of refreshment – and for you West Enders check out their new addition on Byres Road.
Escape the rain and lift your spirits at the GoMA