Dashing through the city – ho ho hooray!
Santa Dash 2012
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
Tucked 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.
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!
There’s less than a month till the big day and usually this countdown sends me into absolute panic. What and where to get that perfect gift for all the people in your life?
Christmas shopping is enough to drive even the most sane batty. And I totally sympathise. So here’s a few of the great places in Glasgow that will set your mind at ease and make your shopping a snap without breaking the bank.
De Courcy’s Arcade on Creswell Street is home to a variety of shops and an absolute treasure trove of wonderful things. The Maisonette is just one of the fantastic shops and is a must for any of those hard-to-buy excentrics.
Describing itself as ‘a gloryhole of unusual homewares, stationery, art, gifts, textiles, music and more’, it truly has something for everyone and even better has treats and trinkets for all price ranges from 1-100 quid!
The person with everything
Maia is quickly becoming one of my favorite shops – boasting some of the most unique gift ideas and possibly the friendliest staff and best customer service in Glasgow; this lovely shop is a must stop. Whether you’re looking for him, her, friends, family, colleagues or the kids, you’ll find it here.
Tucked down the stairs on 21 Bath Street this magical wee shop is stocking stuffer heaven and offers some of the most original and well priced jewellery, books, bags, kids stuff and best novelty gifts in the city. And so much more – so go, you won’t be disappointed.
As the saying goes, food is the way to a man’s heart – and no more so than in January. Because once the festive season bubble has busted along with the bank account, it’s nice to have a delicious meal to look forward to – so treat him with a gift certificate to somewhere delicious. Some of our absolute favorites are for the semi-traditionalist – Left Bank ; for the quirky cool dude The Tiki Bar and for the foodie –Two Fat Ladies – possibly serving up some of the best food on the planet – let alone in Glasgow.
Failing that, warm his heart (and body) with a choice bottle of whisky from the Whiskey Shop in the Buchanan Galleries. And give him the perfect resting spot in one of the inviting, comfy chairs from Nancy Smillie’s shop in the West End.
Also located at De Courcy’s Arcade on Creswell Lane, Miss Lotti Lou’s specialises in creating beautiful made-to-measure 40’s and 50’s inspired fashion – that much more authentic because it’s all created from vintage and repurposed materials. You’ll definitely be on the top of the best gift of 2011 list.
Yes, don’t forget to treat yourself – especially as you’ve been out pounding the pavement for everyone else. You’ve scoured the shops – and you know where to get the most wonderful gifts – so go for it, you totally deserve it!