HillHead Bookclub

17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK

This west end bar is an absolute must for lovers of good drink and architecture alike. Situated in a former cinema, the awe-inspiring space spills out over a number of levels, with the central atrium visible from all regions so you can always keep an eye on your planned snog of the night. While owned by central Scotland’s biggest pub chain, you’d never guess this given it’s robust personality with quirks aplenty. Old school video games and a ping pong table will keep the antsy busy, while the cocktails selection should please most. Libations include Beer and Loathing (Four Roses bourbon with basil, honey and some IPA) and the Bookclub Punch, featuring a mix and mash of whatever’s good for the eve. When I was there, the couple next to me was getting completely sauced off a fancy cocktail served in — naturally — an ancient gramophone. When in Glasgow...

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Granny Would Be Proud

If your taste is a bit quirky, then I hope you’re in port when this collective sets up shop in a West End Glasgow bar/bistro. All types of Scottish crafts-folk set out their stalls, with a range of intriguing gifts and keepsakes. Vintage and retro is also well represented among the eclectic selection. But my favourite from a recent date is hand-thrown pottery from Jud Pollock who lives and works in the more northerly climes of Perth and Kinross: check out her website at http://teawithjud.com.

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