Category Archives: Bars

Banish the mid-week blues at the Bookclub

It’s dark, wet and sometimes feels like the weekend is never coming… so I  introduce emergency cocktail Thursdays to beat the almost-weekend doldrums.

Our inaugural outing leads us to Hillhead Bookclub  just off Byres Road.  A perfect choice.

Room to breathe and explore

It’s a wonderful vast place with high ceilings and refreshing room to breathe.  Even with its different levels, booths facing every which way and old fashioned chairs – it feels reassuringly warm and welcoming.

Hill Head Book Club in GlasgowYou can get up to all sorts of fun at Hillhead – everything from bingo on a Wednesday, vintage fairs on a Sunday and chowing down on delicious food any day of the week.

But we’re here with one objective – to explore the impressive cocktail menu.

Delightful drinks galore

We resist the tempting Book Club Punch served in an old fashioned gramophone and head straight for The Pomeranian.  Delicious but over far too quickly.   The Red Headed Stepchild is my favourite followed by the Colin’s strawberry Collins.  A Vanilla Coke Float tops off our night as a shared delightful dessert.   Mission accomplished – not a bit of melancholy remains.

Soul-restoring cocktails aside, Hillhead Bookclub is a comforting combination of conundrums. Ping Pong tables, dentist chairs, cocktails in tea cups combine for the perfect offering of ease and relaxation.

So shake off those winter blues, face the cold to take comfort in the warmth and wonder of the Hillhead Bookclub.

-B

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Sunshine on Glasgow

Glasgow never looked better.

Every outdoor bar and eatery is brimming with brightly clad happy shiny people.  The weather is simply too glorious to ignore.  Summer has landed!  And whether it’s here to stay or just passing through, make the most of it.

Get out there – soak it up, savour the heat and rejuvenate your soul.  And why not have a civilised drink or two.  If you’re looking to get off the beaten ‘Lane’, try out one of these fantastic alternatives:

Mono

Mono bar and eatery, GlasgowTucked away off King Street is Mono (at Kings Court) – a relaxing hangout with plenty of places to laze about in the open air, sip refreshing cool delights, get a bite to eat and soak up sun and sound.

Tiki Bar

At the very far end of Bath Street the Tiki Bar’s tropical paradise awaits – complete with outdoor aloha fun and delicious cocktails served up in the most interesting of ways. My favourite has to be the gin and juice served up in a sly skull glass.

Chinaskis

Easy to miss but good to find this North Street treasure.  Like theTardis Chinaskis is bigger and bolder than it appears – offering up a magical back beer garden, perfect for losing track of time and people watching.

Southside festival

Can’t be sure if they’re responsible for all the great weather but it’s certainly worth checking out the many events happening in the South of the city this Saturday – including a Queen’s Park take over.  Sunshine, art, entertainment, activities and more.  What’s not to love?

Remember…

  • Have fun but go home before you blister yourself into
    red lobster oblivion.
  • Sun is good – but so is water, so drink some now and again.
  • Savour that crisp cold (insert drink here) but don’t drown your dignity in the bottom of one too many.
  • And don’t complain about being too hot – take off that jumper and fur lined boots (yes I’ve seen them) and enjoy May as it’s meant to be.
  • And lastly (as the song says) wear sunscreen.

Enjoy.

–       T

Where to raise your glass in Glasgow

Tis’ the season to be jolly. 

And if you’re celebrating the festivities in Glasgow then you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to sipping tipple or enjoying a brew. 

Like an old friend

Stairs at Old Hairdressers BarTucked away on Renfield lane (across from Stereo) is The Old Hairdressers Bar – organic industrial meets comfy snug.  Still relatively new, it has the feeling of being in transition and unfinished – yet still manages to be welcoming. 

In fact it’s almost like going to an old friends, so feel free to climb the stairs and curl up on a couch in the mezzanine or gather round a table and soak up the soft glow of  candlelight. 

And with beers starting from around  £2.50, you can linger a little longer without the worry of wearing out the wallet.

Winter wonderland

Step away from the rush,  escape from the festive frenzy and treat yourself to a hot cuppa joy.  Nestled amid the many stalls of the Christmas Market at St Enoch Square is the wonderful Gluhwein House – the perfect place to unwind and whittle away time. 

The warmth and wonderful spicy sweet scent is enough to revitalise even the most tired feet and shattered shopper.  Ahhhh.

WEST is best

This independent brewery is slightly off the beaten path, housed in the magnificent Templeton Building off Glasgow Green.  Beautiful views and perfect brews are guaranteed at WEST Brewery. 

In keeping with the German theme – this brewery produces all of its beers in accordance with the ‘Reinheitsgebot’ known as the ‘German Purity Law’ .  And if that doesn’t impress you , I  assure you that the award winning beers will – they even have a speciality Christmas beer!

A cocktail above all others

Admittedly from the outside this West George Street bar may not look like much and can be easy to miss.   But don’t judge  Blue Dog bar by its cover because inside their award winning team of mixologists are perfecting the art form of creating quality cocktails.

And while perfection may not come cheap (cocktails ranging from 6.95 to just under 9 quid) – this tiny piano bar is definitely the place to go for outstanding concoctions in Glasgow.

Even if you’re not into the entire jazz piano bar thing,   you can’t help but be impressed by the dexterity, skill and passion of the bartenders.  Not only do they know a thing or two about cocktails but clearly  they love what they do.  And if you’re still undecided, they may even whip you up a signature tipple to sip on!

Wherever you end up, be safe,  have a great time and enjoy!

– T