My Favourite Pubs in Glasgow

NB – this list is in no particular order…

1. The Three Judges

I love an ‘old man pub’, and the 3J is everything you’d hope for from this category. Dark, cosy interior, cheap drinks, no music and a solid real ale selection. They’re owned by Stonegate so have access to a large ale selection (I think there may be 8 or 9 cask ale lines from memory…?). They’ve recently got two Brewdog lines in if you fancy something cold and fizzy; Punk and Elvis Juice, and usually a decent malt of the month. If you want a quiet pint or two on a Friday night, you can’t beat the 3J!

2. Inn Deep

Owned by the Williams Bros, this pub couldn’t be in a better location. Below Valhalla’s Goat (which they also own), right by the river and just a stone’s throw from Kelvingrove Park. Heaven. On a sunny day, this is the place to go for a beer as the atmosphere is amazing. They have a pretty impressive line up both on draft and in bottle/can so every time you go there’s a nice new wee surprise to try.

3. The Pot Still

This is any whisky lover’s dream pub. Whiskies as far as the eye can see in a great setting with super friendly, knowledgeable staff. They’ve got a few cask lines with rotating Scottish Breweries and a nice bottle selection too. You’re pretty lucky if you get a seat as I don’t think I’ve ever been and it’s not packed, but I think that’s testament to what an excellent pub it is!

4. Drygate

Sitting drinking a beer whilst watching how it’s made is always cool, right? Well that’s exactly what you can do in Drygate. The huge windows show the brewery in all its glory. They also have a great outdoors area upstairs and a big events space which plays host to some pretty cool shows/markets and even beer festivals. As well as the staple Drygate beers, they also have beers from their experimental kit which they encourage staff to get creative with, and a good selection from quality brewers with some pretty rare kegs available.

5. Grunting Growler

A very small ‘pub’, Grunting Growler is the passion of Jehad Hetu, a lovely guy who’s been determined for years to set up his own growler joint. The space on Old Dumbarton Road is really cool with some great bottle fridges, and a few keg lines. It used to be takeaway only but in the past year, there is now a wee table to sit in and drink too, and I’ve seen on Facebook that there appears to be a screen set up ahead of the World Cup…

My boyfriend and I have been trying to shortlist the best places to go to watch matches but this has got to be no.1!

NB this photo is ancient and there’s been a bit of a change of decor since!

6. The Park Bar

Not going to lie…the beer in here isn’t great, but everything it lacks for in beer, it makes up for in atmosphere. If they got a few good lines in, this would hands down be my favourite Glasgow pub.

7. 6° North

This is the place to go if you like Belgian beers. I have to admit that I’m not the biggest Belgian fan but they always have an unusual keg line up with breweries I’ve never tried before so it’s really good for experimenting. It’s got a lovely spacious and light atmosphere too so it’s ideal for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

8. The State Bar

This is the closest good pub to my office so I occasionally pop in ‘just for one’ after work. They have probably the best cask line up I’ve seen so far in Glasgow, often with beers from Fallen, Loch Lomond as well as breweries from further afield. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with seating areas all around so there’s often a wee seat tucked up at the back to sneak into.

9. The Counting House

Wetherspoons gets a bad name but I’m 100% sticking up for The Counting House. They have a huge beer selection and put a lot of effort into working with local breweries which is evident in both their keg and cask line up. Also, their app is class. Saying all that though, I’d probably avoid it on a Friday/Saturday night…

10. Crossing the Rubicon

The sweet potato and carrot korma from here was one of the best curries I’ve ever eaten. They’ve recently sadly done away with their curry menu and replaced it with pizza and I’m heartbroken. I’m sure the pizza is amazing if their previous menu was anything to go by (I’ve not been to try it yet), but you just can’t beat curry and beer!! I love the decor in here, loads of really cool illustrations, and they always have a good beer line up. They’ve also got a nice beer garden area on Great Western Road which is excellent for people watching.

 

 

 

Let me know if there are any gems I missed – always looking for new places to try!

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Fallen Brewing – Big Raspberry Dog Chew

Fallen Brewing

Big Raspberry Dog Chew

10%

I’m gonna throw it out there that Chew Chew by Fallen was one of my favourite Scottish beers…until now. The mouthfeel on this is viscous yet there’s a slight carbonation which lifts the heaviness. It’s dark, rich, sweet and delicious, like a dark chocolate and raspberry ganache. I may have mentioned I love imperial stouts, and this is no exception. I feel very proud to be Scottish when we’re producing beers like this!

Wylam/Flying Couch/Simply Hops – What the Water Wanted

Wylam/Flying Couch/Simply Hops

What the Water Wanted

6%

This is a beautiful balance of citrus and tropical fruits with bitterness and a resiny pine note just at the end. Oats and wheat are used in addition to barley and lactose has been added too to give a lovely, viscous, almost creamy texture. This is a perfect grown up orange juice. Helps that it’s so hazy that it could pass just on looks too.

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

Schöfferhofer

Grapefruit

2.5%

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is a wheat beer/grapefruit mix. At 2.5% it’s definitely a sessionable drink, and could not be more perfect on a super hot, sunny day. I must admit I’ve been a bit sceptical about this as I thought it would just taste like a grapefruit version of a Smirnoff ice but it’s actually lovely. It doesn’t taste much of beer, but as a juice, I’d happily drink this instead of my usual orange any day.

On Sunday Brunch this morning they used an IPA to boil rice so I decided to give it a go tonight since I want to cook more with beer. I used Schöfferhofer as I wanted something really light and fruity and added a few cardamom pods for some extra flavour. It turned out quite gloopy but actually tasted lovely and fragrant. I think I’m gonna try this more, using different beers and different ratios of beer to water.

To Øl – Tropical Rumble

To Øl

Tropical Rumble

4.3%

A beautiful beer on a beautiful day! Tropical Rumble by To Øl is a session IPA with passionfruit, peach and mango. This isn’t as juicy as some of the tropical style beers I’ve had lately but I like it nonetheless. It’s still got a considerable amount of bitterness so remains firmly in the beer rather than fruit cocktail category. It’s got a nice little sour tartness to it which lifts the bitterness. A lovely thirst quencher on a sunny day.

Burnt Mill – Ties that Bine

Burnt Mill

Ties that Bine

8.2%

A delicious exploration of hops by Burnt Mill Brewery in collab with Simply Hops. El Dorado, Ella, Hallertau, Comet and Bru-1 combining together to give a beautiful fruit smoothie of a beer. Peaches, passionfruits, mangoes and oranges. All my favourite fruits with a sprinkle of bitterness and a tiny bit of sweetness coming through from the malt. Summer in a can.