PUB and BEER TRAILS.....

Glasgow - Around Merchant Square Glasgow

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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.

This trail, follows pubs and bars around Merchant Square. The Grey Icons on map
From Glasgow Queen St train station exit to George's Square and walk down Queen St at the side of the Square Walk a block down from The Square to turn left into Ingram St
From Glasgow Central, walk out the main exit and turn right along Gordon St to Buchanan St. Cross over here to the wide alleyway, Exchange Place, and walk onto Queen St. Ingram St is opposite the statue.
Now walk along Ingram St turning down Candleriggs, the sixth street on the right.
First pub on the right is Bar 91, across the road is Beer Cafe. Leave here by back door to enter the inside of Market Square and find The Metropolitan in front of you. Exit The Metroplitan by the front door and turn left to get to The Boudoir Wine Bar. Around the corner from here is Bar Sqaure. Next door is Bar Espagnol Mercado. On the corner is O'Neil's and round from this is Bar Soba. Opposite there is (Cafe) Bar Gandolfi. Next door to this is Bar Home. Continue upwards and turn right into Blackfriars St. On here are Babbity Bowster, Macgregor's Pie & Ale Howf 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 The G-Lounge and Blackfriars on opposite corners to O'Neil's.

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Bar 91 is a one roomed bar diner. The windows to the street are actually doors which can open up in the summer to make the whole front al fresco. The servery is to the mid and back right. Both sides have padded seating along the walls. There are lots of four seat tables with very basic chairs. Prepare for a fight for the padded settles. There are stools along the bar and around a taller thin table/wide shelve in the centre of the room. Food at lunch time and after 6pm.
Have a pint here
Heavy: Deuchers; Joker
Lager: Innes & Gunn Lager; Heverlee; 1664; Heiniken; Tennent’s; Birra Moretti
West; Dunkel; St Mungo (all West Brewery)
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

Beer Cafe concentrates on beers from around the world. There are 18 countries mentioned in their beer menu. The main room is dominated by a semi-circular servery on the left hand wall, which is higher than usual and then has beer fonts set on small stages above this. There is a mirrored wall on the right hand wall. There are some booths by the window and along the back wall. There is outside seating along pavement in suitable weather and a back door leads out to seating inside the Merchant Square courtyard. Pies served until late every day. The web site gives a beer menu – what a change from food, wine and cocktails.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Thrapledouser
Heavy: Caledonia Best
Lager: Innes & Gunn Lager; Heverlee; Tennent’s; Leffe; Menabrea; Frankziskaner Weissebier; belle-Vue Kriek
Lambert; weihenstephan Hefe; Estrella; Budweisser

The Metropolitan is a large bar with restaurant upstairs. There is an extensive area of outside-inside seating through the back to the inside of the Merchant Square courtyard. There is also some outside seating on the pavement. The bar room has some booths, lots of standing area with wooden floors and an industrial look to the ceiling with lights on steel frames and ventilation shafts and tunnels. Pleasant staff .
Have a pint here
Heavy: Caledonia Best
Lager: Tennent’s; St Mungo ; Estrella; Peroni; Heiniken; Budweisser
Cider: Magners Guinness

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Boudoir Wine Bar is a small corner room with seating along the windows using stools and barrels as tables. The small servery does not cater for a big rush and the feeling is one of relaxation. There are some semi-circular booths opposite the servery. A Piano, which is in regular use, is on a small stage above the entrance door. There is outside seating on the large pavement corner but no outside-inside seating towards the Merchant Square courtyard. Very friendly staff. Small hiding place to back of this purple themed wine bar.
Have a drink here
Lager; 1664; Birra Moretti

Bar Square has a large windowed room looking over the corner. There is also a lot of outside-insdie seating. The main room has a couple of booths and shelves around the windows. The rest of the room has basic tables and chairs. There is a few steps up to the servery and then through to the Merchant Square courtyard tables. Food is a big part of the trade.
Have a half pint here
Lager: Stella; Tennent’s; Peroni ; Budweisser
Cider: Magners Guinness

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