Bars & Pubs Hitlist
The Variety Bar
Variety is the spice of life for the scenesters of Sauchiehall street - this is their bar.The interiors are dark and agreeably art deco in style, while a good range of beers and spirits regularly entice post-gig drinkers from the nearby ABC and Garage venues.
401 Sauchiehall Street (E2), 0141 332 4449, Mon-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 12.30pm-midnight.
Set above the Grosvenor Cinema, The Loft is one of the largest establishments on Ashton Lane and is always packed at the weekend with students and young professionals.The pale oak floors and dark leather seating of the bar sit below a restored ornate ceiling which is best appreciated from the mezzanine restaurant.
The Grosvenor Theatre,Ashton Lane, 0845 166 6028, www.socialanimal.co.uk, Mon-Thu noon-midnight, Fri & Sat noon-2am, Sun 12.30pm midnight.
The interior of this converted stable and coach house maintains a rustic charm, with a slightly more formal dining area upstairs. Its main attractions are the fashionable Ashton Lane location and the airy summer beer garden around the back.
Ashton Lane, 0141 342 4966, www.brelbarrestaurant.com, Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Sun 12.30pm midnight.
A real gem of a traditional pub in the student-heavy Woodlands area, Uisge Beatha is so Scottish it even shares its name with the Gaelic word for whisky (literally,‘water of life’). Stag heads and keg ends adorn the walls of the wood-lined bar. It hosts folk music sessions, serves basic pub food and, naturally, stocks over 140 whiskies.
236-242 Woodlands Road (C1), 0141 564 1596, www.uisgebeathabar.co.uk, Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Sun 12.30pm-midnight.
The Ivy successfully fuses modern style with the more traditional aspects of pub-going, not least in its contemporary take on rustic design. The food selection is very good and the main events to look out for are the Monday night quiz and the DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays.
157-159 North St (D3), 0141 221 1144, www.ivybar.co.uk, Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Sun 12.30pmmidnight.
From lunchtime until late into the night, Bunker provides a stylish refuge for students and young office workers. Pale wood floors and light walls make this Bath Street basement feel even more spacious than it is, while curved leather seating and lines of booths create areas that are a bit more intimate. Impressive promotions include all drinks for £1.20 on Tuesdays and £1.40 on Thursdays, while students get 20% off their food bill.
193-199 Bath Street (D3), 0141 229 1427, www.thebunkerbar.com, Mon-Wed noon-midnight,Thu-Sat noon-2am, Sun 12.30pm-midnight.
MacSorley’s Music Bar
Behind its traditional frontage and classic burgundy and dark-wood interior, MacSorley’s ambient funk soundtrack and photographs of music icons gradually betray the fact that the Sub Club’s owners have recently transformed it from an old man’s haunt into a trendy place to meet and eat.The music is just as fresh as the food, with live bands on Thursdays and jazz on Saturdays.
42 Jamaica Street (F5), 0141 248 8581, Mon–Sat 11am–midnight, Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
Advertising itself as a mixture of ‘real music’ and ‘hard liquor’, this centrally-located basement bar caters for a typical weekend crowd who are perhaps not so content dancing to cheesy pop. Dark and moody, it offers regular live music and late night DJ sets featuring rock‘n’roll and indie.
319 Sauchiehall Street (E2), 0141 354 0350, www.macsorleys.com, Sun-Thu 3pm-2am, Fri & Sat noon3am.
The ‘party end’ of Sauchiehall Street caters primarily for the weekend drinking crowd and, while food is still served in Stavka’s multiple bars, its focus has become gradually more centered on liquid refreshment since it opened in 2004.The menu seeks to calm the beer hunger of Stavka’s core customers with a range of homemade burgers and pasta dishes.
373–377 Sauchiehall Street (E2), 0141 333 3940, www.stavka.co.uk, Sun-Wed 4pm-midnight,Thu & Sat 4pm-3am, Fri noon-3am.