PUB and BEER TRAILS.....

Glasgow - West End Hillhead to Kelvin Hall

Take the subway from anywhere and alight at Hillhead. Turn right and almost next door is the The Curler's Rest. Walk up and away from the subwayto find the Oran Mor at the traffic lights. Cross over and walk down to BeGin. Contuinue walking down Byres Raod and find Tennents. Cross over and walk down to Bar Soba and then further down to The Hill. Cross immediately over the road to The Aragon. Continue to walk down and find the entrance door to The Record Factory. At the bottom of byres road and across the street is The Three Judges. Walk along to the subway and opposite it is The Bag O'Nails. Cross over to Kelvin Hall Subway

It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth.

  George Burns

The Hill is another corner bar, however this one is more of a triangular shape. It has windows on two sides and the servery angled against the left wall with an attractive modern gantry behind it. There is seating around the windows. Armchair style stools are along the bar counter. Some tall tables are in the middle of the room. there is outside seating
Have a pint here
Heavy: Peculiar IPA; Coast to Coast
Lager: Fosters; Redstripe; Amstel
Cider: Strongbow cloudy Apple

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The Aragon keeps most of the traditional bar feel missing from lots of drinking places in the west End. The servery is to the left of the entrance. Banquetet seating around the walls and standard tables and chairs. The room goes round to the left beyond the bar counter.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Aragon Bitter
Heavy: Tartan; Bellhaven Best
Lager: St Mungo; 13 Hop House; Birra Moretti; Innes & Gunn; Stella; Tennent’s; Heniken; Fosters
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

Gumbo has two door entrance. The left is aimed at dining and has a severy on the right and small tables around a narrow room. The right takes you to a long servery on the left with a large performance area at the far end. There is seating along the left hand wall and lots of stools at the bar counter. Lighting is subdued and the exotic nature of the pub is not enhanced by the plastic plant decoration along the top of the bar. The two rooms are linked by a corridor after the servery counter stops
half pint here
Heavy: Joker
Lager: Innes & Gunn Lager; Heverlee; Tennent’s; Budweisser

The Record Factory has very little frontage on Byres Road. A door entrance and corridor takes you to a large room with a bar on the far wall. There are booths around two sides of thei s room and sofas in the middle.. There is another room to the left of the servery cut off from the first room by a curtain area. This opens to a large performance area with tall tables at side and sofas in the middle. It has the biggest beer garden in the area and is open until 2am 7 nights with regular music.
Have a pint here
Heavy: Caledonia Best;
Lager: Tennent’s; 13 Hop House; Innes & Gunn; Bud Light; Heverlee
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

The Three Judges is a triangular room in a corner pub. Two sides have windows letting in a lot of light and the servery is along the back wall. The point of the room has a small raised area with seating on stools at the window. Banquette seating and tables along the window walls.. Wooden floor, stools at counter plenty of standing room with no pretentions.
Sunday Jazz and regular meet the brewers nights
Have a pint(s) here
Real ale: Frothingham Best; Acacia (Maxim); Sorachi (Cotleigh); 1875 Porter (Elland); Super Nova (BHB); Crucial (Bradford); Entire Stout
Heavy: Bellhaven Best; Punk IPA; Ceasar Augustus
Lager: St Mungo; Peroni; Tennent’s; Stella
Cider: Old Rosie; Strongbow

PUB QUIZ

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Bag O’ Nails has two large rooms connect on each side of connecting wall. It is stripped back to bricks and stone with exposed rafters and air conditioning. The main servery is the second of the rooms from the corner door. The counter is tiled and has a large modern gantry. This has tall tables in the middle of the room and booths along the window side. The servery is against the right hand side wall.
Half pint here
Heavy: Caledonia Best; Drygate Gladeye
Lager: Haverlee; St Mungo; Tennent’s; Heniken; Pabst Blue Ribbon

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The NINE Glasgow trails in the centre of the city and two in the West End consist of:
Three trails exploring three of the main streets in the city centre HOPE St; RENFIELD St and WEST NILE St
Two trails are around Squares GEORGE SQUARE and the OLD FRUIT MARKET in Merchant City. .
The final four trails take in : QUEEN St & GLASSFORD St, Around THE TRONGATE JAMAICA St/ST ENOCH and WATERLOO St & BOTTOM of HOPE St
The pubs on the trails are shown on the map below.
All of the trails are near both Glasgow Central station and Queen St station so are easily accessed by public transport.
West End: St George's Cross subway to Kelvin Bridge and Hillhead Subway to Kelvinhall subway (ie Byres Rd)

Map of pub trails in the centre of Glasgow

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