“Ye’ ll hae tae go next door,” the doorman said. All the copious pubs around Hope Street were full.
“But that’s Irish.”
The occasion was Ireland v Scotland Euro football qualifier. We eventually squeezed into a small sports bar near Central Station.
Result- 2 pints of Stella and Ireland 1 Scotland 1.
Across the road to the Solid Rock Cafe and I realised that time travel is possible here in Glasgow. It was 1980 again, Billy Idol was in town- I saw his tour bus earlier- and all the old rockers were in this pub.
Result- an early whisky and lots of band T-shirts.
Onwards and upwards- up Hope Street to the Pot Still. With Scotland’s largest collections of malt whisky, choosing from the 153 available may present a problem, but the knowledgable bar staff are able to match malts to your taste.
Result- 1 Glendronach (12 years), 1 Drambuie on ice (for the GF).
A trip out west to Kelvingrove led to Brewdog where their Aberdeenshire craft beers can be purchased and consumed in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 and full pints and you can bring capitalism to its knees just by drinking beer.
Result- revolution and 2/3 Dead Pony Pale Ale, 2/3 Lager.is.it, 2/3 Golden Gate.
Just down the road in the trendy West End the DJ was spinning the seven inch vinyls at Dukes and 1960s soul was king.
Result- 1 Martini, 1 Whisky Sour and a game of Scrabble.
The Lane in the Archers Lane precinct in Hillhead provided early evening refreshment and people watching opportunities.
Result- 2 beers, an enthusiastic busker, lots of students, a few tourists and a couple of self medicating weirdos.
Dinner was at the Hill on Byers Road, a great Sunday evening wind down.
Result- mac’n’cheese and Eden Valley Chardonnay ( a nice upgrade, thanks).
Additional photography kathryn_mcc.