Category Archives: Glasgow bars

Silent Sunday – 8 June

It’s calling.  You should answer.  You won’t be disappointed. 

Drygate bar/brewery in Glasgow



Silent Sunday – 16 March

Enjoy veggie delights at the delish 13th Note

13th Note bar in Glasgow


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.


Retro wonder at Vespbar

Vespbar pizza in GlasgowWith  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.

Vespbar in GlasgowThink 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.

Cocktail heaven

The mezzanine level is perfect for taking in the surroundings, people watching and chowing down on scrumptious mushroom pizza.

Vespbar cocktails in GlasgowAnd 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.

– T

Silent Sunday – 13 October

Beer apparatus or Doctor Who baddie?  You be the judge at Mono…

Mono beer vats in Glasgow


Butterfly bliss awaits you at Boudoir

Boudoir wine bar is in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the Merchant City.  But the world outside disappears once I slip into the inviting curtained booth – and I’m instantly seduced by the chic but cosy Italian and French-inspired design.

Cocktail choices galore

Extensive cocktail menu at Boudoir in GlasgowThe 12-page drinks menu is equally captivating, offering up a delicious range of unusual but delightfully named cocktails.

With its intimate setting and soft lighting, Boudoir is  perfect place for a saucy rendezvous.  Failing that, it’s ideal for shaking off the work day with friends on a Thursday night – and that’s exactly what I do.

After a quick up and down the menu – I begin with the Aivy Vodka and Fentimans Tonic.  It can only be described as dangerously delicious and refreshing.  A combination I highly recommend for vodka drinkers.

Variety is the spice of life

Spicy Merchant of Venice cocktail at Boudoir in GlasgowHours pass like minutes and the conversation and cocktails flow.

Among our favourites are the delicate Violet Butterfly – a beautiful concoction of Giffard  Violette Liqueur, Finlandia Vodka, fresh lemon juice and prosecco.  With just the right hint of cinnamon, the  spicy Merchant of Venice is also tasty.

In the background a pianists sets the soundtrack to our perfect night.  And when – after a few drinks –  hunger calls, we choose from a delightful menu of reasonably priced light bites.  The cheese board is an absolute must.

We reluctantly stray from cocktails to a bottle of Petit Bourgeois red.  It’s anything but stuffy or predictable – it’s heavenly.  Just as refreshing, the staff are equally charming and accommodating.

So if you want round-up the week with friends in an sensational space, a secluded  booth at Boudoir awaits you.

– B

Silent Sunday – 8 September

Need a Sunday pick-me-up?  Big burgers joy at Max’s bar.

Big burger joy at Max's bar in Glasgow