Glasgow - Around Merchant Square Glasgow -three

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The Merchant City is an area of central Glasgow, west of the High St, which was renovated in the 1980s as a retail and leisure area. this has developed into a high-end shopping experience and an area full of popular and trendy restuarants, pubs and clubs.
A popular part of the area is Merchant Square, developed around the old Fruitmarket. many pubs and restuarants back onto the centre of the old market and have outside seating around it sheltered by the roof of Merchant Sqaure. This allows a lot of movement between 11 bars, restuarants and clubs hardly actually leaving the building.

Next door to Bar Square is Bar Espagnol Mercado. Next door to this is O'Neil's. From here turn around the corner and opposite is (Cafe) Bar Gandolfi. Next door to this is Bar Home. Continue upwards and turn right into Blackfriars St. On here are Babbity Bowster, Macgregors and The Black Bull. Then turn right down the High St and across the road is Mcchuill's. At the corner turn right along Bell St to reach the corner of Merchant Square where The G-Lounge and Blackfriars on opposite corners to O'Neil's.

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The Black Bull is a traditional corner bar. Small one roomed bar with a chunk taken out of the longer side for close access to floors above. Floor is wooden and tiled near the counter. There are four poles supporting the ceiling which reduce movement. Lots of drinking room in basic bar on outskirts of Merchant City.
Have a half pint here
Heavy: Caledonia best
Lager: Carling; Tennent’s;
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

Macgregors Pie and Ale Howff (opened March 2016) has replaced Strathduie Bar, although the SB initials are still seen in the stained glass. There is a large selection of bottled beers and pies. The lounge is still served via a hatch from the bar but the linking door remains open. Both rooms have a red and tartan design for seating and stools. The bar has wooded flooring and tiles near counter.
The door for the gents in the bar still challenges the overweight.
Have a pint of two.
Real ale; Lia fail; Superior (Fyne Ales); Bad Day At The Office (Alechemy); Loch Ness (Loch Ness); Carte Blanche (Kelburn)
Bitter: Bitter and Twisted; Bellhaven best; Twisted thistle
Lager: Schiellhalion; St Mungo; T; 3 Hop Lager (Caledonian)

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G-Town Lounge (formerly Libertine) was an old corner pub which has an imposing gantry with a moose’s head above it. the walls are mainly clear glass windows . The long side, opposite the servery is lined with booths. There are soft chairs and small tables in the corner spot. TVs are dotted around the room. Food is offered
Have a pint here.
Heavy: Bellhaven best
Lager: Fosters; Birra Moretti; Sagres
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

Blackfriars is a traditional pub, an oasis, in the Merchant City part of Glasgow. A worn wood dominated bar - seats, floor, tables, stools, serving area and barrells - some raised areas. Outside seating by pavement. Basement area used for comedy shows and club nights.
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA)-2016
Have one here
real ale : Ossian, Cart Noir (Keburn), Red Eye (Barney's), Blathdan Tryst Blackberry Porter
Heavy: John Smiths
lager: Fosters, Heiniken, Birra Moretti, Weihenstephan, Smith organic; 1664
Cider: Strongbow, Addlestones Guinness

Continue along Bell St and take a small angel to the right to enter Wilson St. Go along two blocks and turn right up Hutcheson St and find Rab Ha's which is part of the Glassford St & Queen St crawl


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

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 below.
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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