Neighbourhood Watch: Byres Road, Glasgow

Neighbourhood Watch: Byres Road, Glasgow

Oran Mor

A rough guide to the trendiest road in the West

What's it like?
One big road with many little offshoots to appeal to the culture vulture in you.

Where's it, like?
Off Great Western road if you hang a left at the Botanic Gardens, and just up from Partick. Take the tube to Hillhead station (soon to be newly renovated – thanks, Subway modernisation campaign) and you'll pop out right in the middle.

Who's from there?
Byres road is a decent shout if you want to play a cash-for-points game of 'Glasgow indie band spotting'. We've also seen Billy Boyd, Limmy and Frankie Boyle on the stroll in the 'hood, as well as Neil Lennon, if you're into that sort of thing.

Why would I go there?
For bevvy, there's the old oaky feel of Òran Mór or the multitude of bars on Ashton Lane, including Vodka Wodka (a good shout for a summer beer garden), Brel or The Grosvenor Café. If you're feeling hip, head to Hillhead Bookclub on adjacent Vinicombe Street to play some ping pong and enjoy a cocktail deal. The Curry Leaf has some of the best daal in the West, while Home Wok does affordable sushi and offers home delivery for those not willing to venture out on foot. Little Italy is a tasty lunch-break alternative. Cutesy coffee shops include Avenue G, Tinderbox, Patisserie Francoise and Three Steps to Heaven on Cresswell Lane, offering a swell summer ice-cream selection. Vintage lovers should head to Dowanside Lane while it's around and De Courcy's Arcade, as well as hitting up We Love To Boogie on the main thoroughfare.

A Home Wok
101 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5HW
The family owners of this modest but meaningful establishment have created a solid, popular menu with no reliance on greasy oils that leave an after-taste. On the contrary, the crispy coconut king prawns are light as a feather and deliciously delicate.
B Tinderbox
189 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TS
Hard to miss, with its large windows and metallic signage, the Byres Road branch of Tinderbox has been plying its brand of metro-chic coffee house style for over 15 years now – and it’s still the business. Aside from a set of thin new booths along the…
C Little Italy
205 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TN
Takeaway review Given the very reasonable prices and its prime Byres Road location, Little Italy is always going to benefit from a high footfall, but it is the quality of the food that ensures return visits and a hardcore following. The takeaway menu…
D Ashton Lane
Glasgow, G12 8SJ
E The Grosvenor Café
The Grosvenor Theatre, Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ
Spacious bar above the Grosvenor Cinema serving an Italian-inspired menu and plenty of drinks promos.
F Brel
39–43 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SG
Boasting a bar, intimate conservatory and expansive beer garden, this Ashton Lane institution serves 60 world beers and a menu of mussels, fondue and burgers.
G Avenue Coffee
291 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TL
The West End coffee haven once known as Avenue G, now Avenue Coffee, is renowned for its lovingly prepared locally sourced dishes.
H Hillhead Bookclub
17 Vinicombe Street, Glasgow, G12 8BE
Just around the corner from Hillhead Library sits the Hillhead Bookclub. While the former caters for actual kids the latter has plenty to excite those wishing to relive the halcyon days of their youth. In the wings of the upper tier you can choose to…
I Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE
A great place to relax in summer or take a brisk walk in winter, with a programme of events including stargazing, gardening talks and even theatre. Also look out for exotics and exhibitions in Kibble Palace Glasshouse and the vegetable, herb and flower…
J The Brasserie at Òran Mór
731–735 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
Impossible to miss at the corner of Byres and Great Western roads, the converted Church of Òran Mór stands like a one-stop citadel to all manner of West End activities, whether a gig or play, getting hitched (it’s a popular venue for Glasgow’s great and…
K Òran Mór
731–735 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
A strange blend of your granddad's local, your parents' favourite beer garden and your wee sister's late-night club of choice, the Òran Mór also wears a rather fetching entertainment venue hat. A stalwart of the Celtic Connections festival, it is also…

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