Neighbourhood Watch: Great Western Road, Glasgow
A guide to the West End street's pleasures, including The Captain's Rest, The Belle and Lupe Pintos
What’s it like?
One big road full of pubs, cafés and little shops. Flats are mostly old tenements above the bars, restaurants and stores which go up most of the road.
Where’s it, like?
In the West End, a stone’s throw from Woodlands and Byres Road. Kelvinbridge underground station brings you out in the middle of the road, or you can take a 66 bus from the city centre to go all the way along it (but remember to get off before you end up in Anniesland).
Who’s from there?
List staffers have spotted Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) and Liz Lochhead in the area, as well as Robert Carlyle fingering the veg in Roots and Fruits.
Why would I go there?
For music (The Captain’s Rest); for food (Bar Gambrino does two for one pizzas and many claim Philadelphia does the best chips in the West); for beers (The Belle, The Lansdowne or Oran Mor); for vintage clothing (Watermelon and Glasgow Vintage are on Great Western Road, with Retro tucked round the corner on Otago Street). Tasty delis include Roots and Fruits, Lupe Pintos and Il Cappuccino, plus a plethora of halal shops.
617 Great Western Road,
A dog-friendly village pub in the West End with an open-fire, serving quality American and continental beers and lagers.
491 Great Western Road,
An affectionately viewed staple of the West End’s takeaway scene for over a decade and renowned for its grilled ciabattas and paninis, Il Cappuccino is often queued down the street during weekday lunchtimes. As such, the service is friendly but…
The Glasgow Vintage Co
453 Great Western Road,
From the folks behind Watermelon, another treasure trove of vintage clothes and accessories.
7a Lansdowne Crescent,
Set back from Great Western Road in a quiet, residential street, this basement bar has a laid-back feel. Prices ensure a discerning crowd, attracting football managers and Scottish comedians on occasion, as well as students and older professionals. The…
313 Great Western Road,
No more does your evening meal have to be beholden to the afterthought of an express supermarket's 'round the world' section: Lupe Pintos has been a one-stop shop for the spice lover for over 20 years. Mexican, Caribbean, American, Asian and generally…
731–735 Great Western Road,
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…
Philadelphia Fish and Chicken Bar
445 Great Western Road,
The long-standing Philly is about as traditional as a chippy gets, offering consistently good food that attracts an endless crowd of schoolkids, workers and locals, as well as revellers on the late-night opening. The owners have the neighbouring La…
Roots and Fruits
455–457 Great Western Road,
Deli, shop and small café selling healthy and natural foods, with an emphasis on local produce and catering for special dieters.
603 Great Western Road,
As a former employee of Armstrong's - celebrated purveyor of vintage clothing in Edinburgh - Gavin O'Brien was the ideal candidate to revive Glasgow's second-hand and retro clothing market with his fabulous and quirky shop, Watermelon. Almost everything…