Glasgow has its fair share of shiny metropolitan bars, boring chain-pubs and total dives, but it also has a lot of “real” pubs with interesting history behind them. One such is the Horse Shoe Bar in Drury Street, founded (as you can see above) in 1884. Its (surprise) horseshoe-shaped Victorian bar is supposedly the longest in Europe at 104 feet 3 inches.
Immediately opposite is some more recent history – Yesbar only opened in 2011 when it was known as Vespbar (the decor features a Vespa scooter), but it changed its name during the Independence Referendum last year and decided to stick with it. You can still see the original name on the canopy.
Here are a few more City Centre pubs: Sloan’s (1797), the Scotia Bar (1792) and Babbity Bowster (1985, but in a building dating from 1790).
Finally, let’s move out of the City Centre to the West End where I live. The Curler’s Rest on Byres Road is one of my “locals”. There is said to have been a tavern here since the seventeenth century, when this would have been a rural area (with cow byres) instead of a busy city street. The present building is “only” 18th century, takes its current name from a nineteenth century curling pond and, after several refurbishments, has a pleasing interior which combines the traditional with the 21st century. The rest of the street has built up around it over the centuries.
What’s next for the letter I? Are you football crazy?