Glasgow - Around Queen St & Glassford St 2/2


Manhattan Transfer

Tuxedo Junction

Money cannot buy happieness but it can by beer, which is almost the same thing

Returning to Argyll St go up next left to quickly find Cairns. Once again return to Argyll St. Miss Miller St and Glassford St and turn up Hutcheson St on the left to find The Oriental.
Going down Glassford St from Ingram St and on the first corner is Bacchus. Turn left after here along Garth St and there is Doghouse on the right and then Rab Ha's. Return to Glassford St and opposite Bacchus is Blane Valley and down from this is Steps Bar.

The NINE Glasgow trails 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 above.
All of the trails are near both Glasgow Central station and Queen St station so are easily accessed by public transport.

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Max’s entrance takes you to a squarish, dark room with high ceiling. Most of the seating is in a raised area to the right with servery and standing room straight on.
Have a pint here
Heavy: Joker IPA; Caesar Augustus (lager-IPA hybrid)
Lager: Kosel; 1664; Peronni; Birra Moretta; Fosters; St Mungo; Urquell; Heiniken
Cider: Guinness

Cairns is a bar with restaurant off of it. the left hand entrance takes you into the bar which has an oval servery with stools all around it. There are booths at the window and along the left hand side wall., with tall tables to the right. There is lots of stabding room around the bar. Despite four hand pumps, and a Greene king IPA clip badge, there was no real ale on – awaiting deliveries.
Real ale : off
Heavy: Bellhaven Best; John Smith
Lager: Carling; Peroni
Cider: Strongbow

Oriental Bar is an old one roomed bar that has been tastefully done up using tartan seating without going overboard. Lots of small tables and stools in middle of room with padded settles and bigger tables around walls. Wooden floor at bar with carpet from middle to windows. No pictures
Have a half pint here.
Heavy: Bellhaven Best
Lager: Tennent’s; Carling; Peroni
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

Rab Ha’s is a small corner pub with outside seating and downstairs restaurant. The ground level has a L-shaped bar in an L-shaped room. Seating around walls and dining tables at right angles to windows. Dark wooden bar and furniture, with subdued lighting. Boutique hotel upstairs.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Both off
Craft ale: Yardbird; Blue Moon
Heavy: Bellhaven Best
Lager: San Miguel; Carling; Birra Moretti; Budvar, St Mungo’s; Coors
Cider: Aldstone Bellhaven Black


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Doghouse is a bar and bottle shop for Brewdog. The signage above the bar introduces the beers, their strengths and their, directly related, cost. The entrance takes you a large long room. The kitchen area is in front and then along the back wall is the servery. The room has booths along the outside window. The centre of the room has basic long tables and chairs, the high ceiling has a look at our air conditioning industrial look to it

Dead Pony Club; jet blackheart; This.Is.Lager; 5am; Punk IPA;
Many stae; Blitz April Rasp
Vagabond. Hinterland; Shipwreck; Tokyo; Born To Die; Mother Puncher;;
Nelson; Sauvignon Milk; Stout all Mikkeller
Beaver Town Gamma Ray
Lindemans Kriek
Saudada (Fyne) Ultraviolet united (Pilot); Double Bastard; First Class Rendezvous (Fallen stone)



Bacchus is a bar which was modern a while ago, or very contempory, but keeps a good sense of its own style. The outside, name and darkened windows suggest old disco but it is very pleasant inside with a long bar and a variety of table heights available. Food is served. Large basement bar for functions and shows.
Have a pint here
Heavy: Twisted Thistle; Bellhaven Best
Lager: Tennent’s; St Mungo ; Red Stripe; Kusovice; Heiniken
Cider: Strongbow

The Blane Valley is a one roomed corner pub with doors on both streets. There are arched windows; two on the short side and 4 on the longer. The windows give a lightness to the room. The door on the longer side opens to a small area with a fire and servery to the right in the larger space. the door from the shorter side opens into the main room. There is seating looking out of the windows. Food is available

Heavy: Bodingtons; Caledonia best
Lager: Tennent’s; Stella; Bud
Cider: Blackthorn

The Steps is a small two roomed pub with an Art Deco frontage. There is a front bar area and small snug off of it. The snug has a stained glass window showing The Queen Mary. The bar itself is supposed to be a replica of one on board the ship. Fixtures and fittings are all art deco. Cheap and un-trendy but close to Merchant City – unusual.
\have a pint here
One of “Scotland’s True Heritage Pubs”
Heavy: Caledonia Best; Guinness Golden Ale
Lager: Tennent’s; Heverlee; Stell
Cider: Magners

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