Glasgow – Laurieston Bar

As my friend Jonathan was in Glasgow after faffing about doing something, he agreed to come with me on my evening’s Good Beer Guide pub visiting. This is an interesting pub just south of the River Clyde, which is also on the CAMRA’s historic interior list (the pub, not the river), primarily it seems as they haven’t really updated the interior since the 1960s. But, why change a winning concept?

The bar design is old fashioned, but everything was clean, albeit dated. There are lots of modern and contemporary bars and pubs in the city though, it’s nice sometimes to go to somewhere a little different. There are no credit or debit cards accepted though and just cash, which is the first pub I’ve encountered in some months with such a policy.

There’s a lounge bar and saloon bar, both with their own bars, another little slice of history.

An old hot pies bit of apparatus on the counter, which is apparently still used today.

My half pint of Hurricane Jack from Fyne Ales, which was well-kept but lacking in any real depth of flavour. The Quavers were delicious though and I was impressed at their selection of crisps.

The pub might be traditional in its look, but the staff were friendly and the environment was comfortable enough. It was a busy bar of mainly locals it seemed, but the pub owners pride themselves on being welcoming to all. The toilets need modernising, it’s probably pushing it too much to try and keep those in a traditional state of repair. There’s a slight irony here that a traditional pub for locals is potentially going to end up becoming on-trend by mistake by offering an authentic experience.

As for whether this should be in the Good Beer Guide, that’s more challenging, as the real ale choice was limited to one and the pub likes to source from Fyne Ales. For the experience, the welcome and the environment, I’m glad it is listed in the book though, as otherwise I might not have meandered over the river to get here (albeit on the subway).