MacSorley's Music Bar

MacSorley's Music Bar
42 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, G1 4QG
  • Telephone 0141 248 8581
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12:30pm–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 5–7pm
  • Average price £12.50 (lunch); £12.50 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £10
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Macsorely's Music Bar
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One of the city’s oldest pubs, MacSorely’s is a good call if you fancy popping in for a pint and hearty dinner. There’s a surprising selection on the menu, not your typical burger and beer kind of pub grub, with the likes of sea bass and tasty homemade soups making an appearance, which contrasts deeply with the pub‘s dark and moody furnishings. The grungy vibe and the low rock music makes this a low-key hangout for pre-clubbers, tired shoppers or peckish passersby. Plus there’s usually live music which keeps the place jangling with energy and makes this a staple location for anyone looking to support Scottish tradition in music, grub and history.

  • High point: Great for music lovers
  • Low point: Can get quite loud
  • Notable dish: Fish and chips
  • Average price: £12.50 (lunch); £12.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic mix / Live music
  • Live entertainment: Live bands - acoustic, rock, pop, americana, folk, ragtime jazz, reggae
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 1899
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £14 per bottle

Comments & ratings

1. Thunderbadger30 Aug 2013, 1:49pm5 stars MacSorley's Music Bar Report

Found this pub through the internet and was a bit apprehensive on going through the doors as the decor is Victorian, dark wood, white & bronze ceiling & tiled floor, a bit 'spit & sawdust', and it was almost empty, but my nerves were soon soothed by the friendly, helpful staff.

The food here is pretty damn good, with a menu that looks like it came from an expensive restaurant, except the prices are very cheap and the food lives up to all expectations. Try the Stovie as a starter or to accompany a pint of Guinness on it's own, it's hot & tasty. The fish & chips wrapped inside newspaper & served on a slate (Welsh slate of course!) is the best I've tasted in a long while, but leave some room for the desserts, which are gorgeous.

The Guinness is cold, they have a decent selection of whiskies, and live music almost every night. I found myself coming back here after a day's sightseeing just for the atmosphere. And a whisky of course.

Try it, it's miles better than the modern plastic pubs that are everwhere nowadays. Whether you're looking for drink, food or music, you'll find all three here.

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