With massive pizzas taking over most of our table and cocktails in a row, we’re set to thoroughly enjoy Vespbar.
We had originally come for the rumoured ping pong but got distracted by the cocktail list.
Tucked away on Drury Street in the city centre, Vespbar is a kitsch cool hang out.
Think mom and pop diner complete with 1950s style seating meets old school Italian bistro.
It’s a mix of everything good – a jukebox, delish homemade pizzas and Prosecco on tap. What’s not to love?
The staff are friendly and the prices are just as likable.
The mezzanine level is perfect for taking in the surroundings, people watching and chowing down on scrumptious mushroom pizza.
And although we don’t manage to locate the mystery ping pong table, we no have trouble finding the cocktail list served up on 45 style record menus.
The variety of choice is both extensive and impressive. We’re blissfully overwhelmed.
The classic cosmopolitan and oh so sweet tutti frutti go down nicely. The double-sided list is a hit that has us singing its praises.
Ping Pong dreams
Although it’s too cold for ice-cream, I still can’t help eying up the ice-cream parlour stand in the corner. I will return for frosted delights and that abandoned ping pong match.
So next time you’re in the mood for pizza and possibly ping pong, veer off the beaten track to something a little quirky and a whole lotta fun.
Poffertjes, Gluhwein and more await you at the Christmas market
I need a massage. Not an excuse to unwind or time to relax but a proper take the pain and tension out of my body full-on massage.
It’s my own fault. My shoulders and neck are retaliating against months of lugging a laptop back and forth.
Woodland herbs healing to the rescue
Fortunately relief comes in the form of a wonderful gift voucher from an equally wonderful and kind friend. Woodlands Herbs Complementary Medicine Centre here I come.
Their range of treatments include a wide variety from Reiki to Shiatsu, Thai Yoga massage, Indian head massage and Bowen Therapy, involving a rolling movement.
For a first visit I’m not brave enough to try the Bowen Therapy, but I’m tempted by the Indian head massage. But in the end I go for a therapeutic massage. Described as treating many problems including muscular pain, injuries, tension and stiffness, it’s absolutely what I need.
Woodland herb is a simplistic setting and vast array of dried herbs, oils, natural remedies. I’m not sure what to expect but my therapist Nadine is lovely and very calming. We talk about my pesky shoulder and neck issues and then we’re off.
Stress and strain be gone
Stress and strain melts away as I’m treated to the most amazing massage. Nadine finds every knot and guides me through any discomfort with breathing exercises. Tension melts away. By the time I leave my shoulders are pain-free for the first time in months.
I’m treated to another pleasant surprise – my morning massage is a mere £32 compared to the normal £40. The Aladdin’s cave of herbal remedies and bottles of health would no doubt do me wonders – if I only knew what I needed. Next appointment will be with the medical herbalists.
The spring has been restored in my step – shoulder pain banished, spirits literally lifted. Bliss.
Barrowlands – our favourite. And apparently Arcade Fire’s too!
Star light, star bright
Brrr –it’s cold. And dipping temps only mean that other c-word looms closer. That’s right, Christmas. But let’s not be ridiculous and start the crazy countdown. Let’s ease into the festive season with another beloved c-word. Cost-free.
A little festive flavour
Glasgow gets a little brighter and more beautiful on the 14 November when George Square radiates with light and fireworks ignite the night sky. It kicks off at 7pm but there’s ample entertainment in the lead up to the lights switching on.
Early shopper gets the…samba band
Any of you early festive shoppers will be rewarded on 17 Nov as the Style Mile transforms into a hub of eclectic entertainment from Sachiehall to Argyle Street. Magical elves, flying musicians, a samba band and more await you.
Not totally free but delightful none the less, the Glasgow Christmas Continental Market returns to St Enoch Square as of 15 Nov. We’re especially excited about the many delicious delights – including our absolute favourite, Gluhwein. And you might also find the perfect pressie for that someone special – or yourself.
Put your best foot forward
Lace up your skates as of 23 Nov to join the daring ice-goers in George Square. And the Santa dash on 8 December is not to be missed.
An excellent event with thousands of Santas of all shapes, sizes and ages dashing their way through the city in a five km fun run. £15 entry fee includes a suit with all the trimmings.
Lots to enjoy. So go on – eat, drink, shop, skate, run – and be merry.
Sometimes different is good. Pear and Elderflower cake?
Tinderbox – Merchant City