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Need some good restaurants and bars recommendations for Glasgow

Nov 16th, 2010, 07:35 AM
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Need some good restaurants and bars recommendations for Glasgow

Visiting Glasgow early December with some friends (around 12 of us) for an annual get-together we have, each year in a different UK city. I need a recommendation for a couple of good bars, the first for a couple of aperitifs, the second for some digestifs (which may last until the early hours). In between I need a recommendation for a good restaurant.

If possible, the restaurant should be Scottish owned with some great Scottish dishes on the menu, especially some of the wonderful seafood Scotland has to offer. I am not interested in Italian, French Indian restaurant recommendations etc. No need to go all the way to Scotland for those...

The bars should be very friendly and not be too noisy, as not being able to talk over the music kinda makes meeting up pointless. Like the restaurant, the bars should really be Scottish, not a foreign theme bar.

Also, most of us will have a whole day to explore Glasgow before the dinner and drinks. Some of us are quite keen on photography, so any recommendations for must-see parts of Glasgow are very welcome.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations you can give me.
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Nov 16th, 2010, 07:40 AM
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Where abouts are you staying?
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Nov 16th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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And what day(s) of the week are you here?
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Nov 16th, 2010, 07:46 AM
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A few of us are staying at:

Radisson BLU Glasgow
Address 301 Argyle St

The rest are staying close by.
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Nov 16th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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it will be over a weekend, so a Saturday night for the resto and bars.
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Nov 16th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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The city centre does get very 'lively' on a Saturday. As you're in the City Centre with hotels I'll give you those first.
Restaurants...seafood especially
Gamba v good reputation http://www.gamba.co.uk/
Rogano, Art Deco, oldest surviving restaurnant in Glasgow
http://www.roganoglasgow.com
Two Fat Ladies do great seafood, I've been to the West End one, not the city centre, or the Buttery one,
http://www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
The City Merchant is right in Merchant City, good area of bars restaurants etc http://www.citymerchant.co.uk
Had the best birthday meal at the Urban Bar and Brasserie last month, it's right by George Square and the bar might fullfil your late drinks needs, though trying to find that out for you.Was also there with a party of 25 last year, which they handled very well. http://www.urbanbrasserie.co.uk

That should keep you going for a bit... not going to add WEst End ones, as there's enough there.

Good places to see? Lots...
The House for an Art Lover
If it was a weekday, I'd say the City Chambers, was blown away by the interiors when they were open for Doors Open Day
Glasgow University
Glasgow School of Art
The People's Palace and nearby
The Templeton Carpet Factory modelled after the Doge's Palace in Venice!
Kelvingrove Gallery
The Burrell Collection.
The Necropolis is next to the Cathedral and would make for interesting pics.
Botanic Gardens
The Huntarian Museum and The Mackintosh House

Think that will do you for now.....
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Nov 16th, 2010, 02:01 PM
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Also the Central Hotel (it's part of central station and very near the Radisson) has just been refurbished and has a rather fine champagne bar apparently....
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Nov 16th, 2010, 02:08 PM
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For photography, the House for an Art Lover and the Burrell Collection comes to mind. But there is more to Glasgow than these two choices:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/...7623346603583/
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Nov 16th, 2010, 11:40 PM
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@alihutch, thanks for the comprehensive reply. I will take a look at your recommendations and let you know which one I decide to book.

@Michael - thanks for the recommendation, I will take a look.
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Nov 16th, 2010, 11:56 PM
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Btw, should Rangesr be playing at home the Sat that you are there (they are the first w/e) in Dec then avoid the Underground between about 1.30pm and 3pm and then 5 and 6ish. There wil be sign in the Underground saying same.

Also the Christmas market has started now I believe...just by St Enoch at the bottom of Buchanan Street...tis well worth a look..
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Nov 17th, 2010, 03:16 AM
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I'd also suggest the Babbity Bowster both for food and as a bar.
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Nov 17th, 2010, 05:17 AM
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Good one also Sheila.
Btw Urban Bar and Brasserie on a Sat is last order 0045, carriages at 0115
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Nov 17th, 2010, 02:03 PM
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Thanks again for all the recommendations. I am doing my bets to look at it all
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Nov 17th, 2010, 03:16 PM
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Check out a previous post "memorable restaurants". There are some good suggestions for Glasgow.
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Nov 17th, 2010, 03:18 PM
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We loved Babbity Bowster!
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Nov 24th, 2010, 02:15 PM
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For the restaurant I booked City Merchant because they had a veggie option and I could book for 12

Not chosen the bars yet, but will do soon. Thanks again for the advice.
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Nov 24th, 2010, 02:39 PM
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Cool...hope you have a good weekend!
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Nov 25th, 2010, 04:20 AM
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If you fancy some traditional Scottish food (of the sort my Gran used to make), you might like The Bothy restaurant in Hillhead (down a lane across from the subway station). The haggis is great and the Scottish cheese plate is superb.
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Nov 25th, 2010, 05:57 AM
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If your looking for bars head along Bath St, far better and classier selection than Sauchiehall St.
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Dec 6th, 2010, 02:54 AM
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Thanks again for all the advice. We ended up going to Sloans, Rab ha's and Merchant city. All great places. The food was excellent st Merchant City and all the staff were very friendly.

We all agreed we will definitely go visit Glasgow again, as it is a great city.
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