Review: Browns, George Square

My friends, I have discovered heaven, and you might be surprised to read that it can be found in a glass served by a good looking lad or lass in Browns, George Square. Heaven is a Browns’ After Seven Mojito (£7) served on a Saturday evening as you shake off the working week and put your dancing shoes on. I’ll be honest, I would visit Browns any day of the week. I am particularly tempted to do so on a… Keep Reading

Review: Sapporo Teppanyaki, Merchant City

I will admit I had a certain apprehension when I was told about Sapporo Teppanyaki and how the food was cooked and served, it sounded far from appealing. But needs must and when this was the chosen destination for a celebration meal for a colleague it was in for a penny in for a pound as I joined a group of eight for the night out. On arrival the friendly staff welcomed us and we were promptly seated at our… Keep Reading

Review: Squid & Whale, Great Western Road

The Squid & Whale opened its doors to the public just a couple of weeks ago. Previously Bar Gambrino, the new owners are hoping to do a whole lot more than the bog-standard pizza and beer shack which it was before. Serving up traditional Southern-USA cuisine, from the pots and pans of a chef who spent many years working in Georgia, I just had to get along and try it out. The first thing you notice when you step in… Keep Reading

Review: Home, Merchant City

Home has been a mainstay in the Merchant City for a good few years now, offering an inexpensive pub/dining experience compared to the rest of this expensive part of town. With its eccentric decor, amazingly cheap drinks and plenty of food to sop it up, can it really go wrong? The first thing that strikes you when you walk into Home is its warehouse-esque layout. It’s a huge beast with a mezzanine level against the back wall and raised DJ… Keep Reading

Review: Cocktail & Burger, Sauchiehall Street

We went to Cocktail & Burger, one of the “coolest” joints in town at the moment, last Saturday around 9pm, and the place was absolutely packed. We went in with high expectations from word-of-mouth and other reviews, but had such a bad time with the staff and service that we were left with a bad taste in the mouth. Read on to find out where C&B fails and why you probably shouldn’t bother. When you walk into Cocktail & Burger… Keep Reading

Review: La Vita, George Square

La Vita is an inviting little Italian restaurant in the heart of the city centre. I say little, but inside it is a veritable tardis spread over three floors with loads of nooks and crannies adding to its appeal. The staff were attentive and friendly from the outset and when seated at our table on the 1st floor we were very comfortable, not too close to neighbouring tables. My dining companion had a view of George Square,  whereas I wasn’t… Keep Reading

Review: The 13th Note, King Street

The Merchant City is well known for its trendy “city slicker” scene around the Merchant Square. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, but for those who like their bars a little more alternative, a 3 minute walk to the south will take you to this little gem. On the corner of King Street sits The 13th Note. This is a pub which, for all intents and purposes, looks positively shabby; the sign is dilapidated, the windows dirty and the seats… Keep Reading

Review: Bobar, Byres Road

Bobar’s never had much of a good name. Accused in the past of being too expensive, too corporate, too bland – I really went in with pretty low expectations. These didn’t last long. The atmosphere, granted, was poor. On a Thursday night the majority of West End bars will be bustling with a vibrant crowd. This place is big, with no dividing walls (and therefore nowhere to hide) and there were only at best 3 tables full in the entire… Keep Reading

Review: Connich Bar, City Centre

The foyer of a chain hotel is perhaps not an obvious first choice for dining, but the Connich Bar, situated in the Glasgow Hilton is as welcoming and cosy as any West End eatery. If you sit by the open fire or nestle into one of the comfy chairs in the corner, you can almost forget where you are. Dimly lit in just the right way and staffed by the friendliest folk I have encountered in a Glasgow restaurant for… Keep Reading

Review: Ingram Wynd, Merchant City

I have this fear of eels. It comes from watching the brilliant film The Princess Bride and suffering through the scene with the ‘shrieking eels’. Shudder. So when a restaurant’s website features the phrase ‘new Victorian Dining experience’ I immediately think of jellied eels. I should probably go and speak to someone. Ingram Wynd sits comfortably in the Merchant City, surrounded by some other great restaurants and bars. The exterior is dark and striking with the smouldering appeal of Alec… Keep Reading

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