My Glasgow: Jackie Wylie

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  • 23 October 2017
My Glasgow: Jackie Wylie

The Hug and Pint on Great Western Road

The National Theatre of Scotland's artistic director tells us about her favourite spots in the city

Whether it's shopping, eating, drinking or dancing, Glasgow has everything you need for a first-rate day out. Want to discover the city through the eyes of a resident? We asked a few creative Glasgow locals about their favourite things to do.

Jackie Wylie – Artistic Director

Jackie Wylie is Artistic Director at the National Theatre of Scotland.

I'm new to Glasgow – what's the first thing I should do when I get there?
Travel over to the West End, walk up to the top of Kelvingrove Park and look out across the whole of the city.

I love shopping – where should I shop in Glasgow?
We're lucky that Glasgow is such a haven for lots of independent and Scottish designers. My favourite is William Chambers, who's based out of the Italian Centre.

Glasgow's one of the UK's artistic hubs: what's your favourite place to see art, inside or outside?
There are almost too many to choose from, with some of the best galleries in Europe, but Tramway is the perfect place to see cutting-edge art both inside, in its huge gallery spaces, and outside in the beautiful Hidden Gardens. It also has a fantastic legacy as a performance venue.

There's so much to see and do in Glasgow, but I've only got a day. Which three essential sights should I head to?
The city is famous for its green spaces, so I'd recommend a long walk through the woodlands in Pollok Park, visiting the glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens, and taking a stroll along the canals in North Glasgow (maybe popping your head in to Rockvilla, the NTS's HQ, on the way past). Just make sure to bring an umbrella!

I've got the kids in tow – where can I go in Glasgow to keep them happy?
There's nowhere quite as special as The Children's Wood at North Kelvin Meadow. It's a wild space in the heart of the west end, with a packed calendar of activities for families and children.

I'm out on the town with pals – what bars would you recommend?
Stravaigin if you're cutting about the west end. In the city centre Tabac is a recent favourite, and if it's a Friday or Saturday its sister bar Panther Milk is a well-kept secret.

Date Night? We have the perfect new menu to keep you both happy! Featuring some delectable new additions like this Crispy Cod Burger with tangy Lime and Caper Mayo, and this epic Rack of Baby Ribs in a delicious BBQ Bourbon Sauce and Slaw. Mmm... Perfect paired with a few schooners and a couple of glasses of Chenin Blanc!

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I want to treat my partner to a romantic night out. Where should I eat?
I'm a big fan of the vegan menu at The Hug and Pint on Great Western Road. As a bonus, once the meal's done you can pop downstairs and enjoy whatever amazing act is playing that night.

Edinburgh might be famous for its festivals, but Glasgow holds its own too. What's your favourite Glasgow festival of the year?
Take Me Somewhere, which was born out of the creative spirit at The Arches, and brings some of the absolute best contemporary performance work to the city.

Now it's the autumn/winter season, what's the best place to enjoy a chilly or wintry night in Glasgow?
There's nothing quite as comforting as sipping on warming drinks in front of the big fireplace at The 78.

What's the best place for gigs in Glasgow?
You can't look past the Barrowlands for its history and the brilliance of its gig space.

I'm seeing a gig at the Hydro. Where can I go for a drink or bite to eat before the show?
You're spoiled for choice around Finnieston, but I love the food at Alchemilla.

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