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  • Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    Out on the pop in Glasgow tomorrow night. Me (Geordie) and Cockney mate.
    Can anyone recommend pubs and bars near the station etc?

    First time on Glasgow, so it’s all new!

    Getting there about 3pm I think and I’ll have had a few alcopops on the train on the way up.

    piemonster
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    yes. you will die

    BlindMelon
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    Are you mad? Turn back now!

    Gary_M
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    Drinking in Glasgow – Will I Die?

    You will die, thats certain.

    Torminalis
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    If you do fail to die, you’ll wish you had.

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    Ninja edit
    ..it’s tomorrow night.

    If it’s death, then at least it’ll be liquid-fueled!

    passtherizla
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    Just me that loves a night out in Glasgow then… Been out there 4 or 5 times never had any grief. Don’t know where I have been though as it has always with locals.

    Gary_M
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    Horseshoe.

    But depends what sort of bar you want.

    Out of interest why do you think Glasgow is any different from any large city?

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    Because I’m a Northumbrian hick who hasn’t been to many bbig cities, especially with a cockney.

    peterfile
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    You’ll definitely die.

    Glasgow is one of the scummiest, hardest, most depressing cities in the UK. Its inhabitants are unfriendly and, for the most part, stupid knuckle draggers. I’m surprised you’re even considering it.

    I wouldn’t even bother getting off the train. It truly is hell.

    If you do, I would suggest a wander down Merchant City rather than hanging around the station area, much more civilised ๐Ÿ™‚

    lazybike
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    You’ll be ok…the cockney will not ๐Ÿ™‚

    I spent a week up there when I was 18…thankfully a local guy took pity on me and kept me out of trouble…

    glupton1976
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    Horrible place full of horrible people. Drum and monkey near central station is a good pub though.

    allthepies
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    Let your cockney mate know that it’s traditional to greet the natives with some simulated flute playing.

    As demonstrated by Gazza quite a few years back

    Premier Icon debaser
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    The Pot Still on Hope Street has a fantastic single malt selection and decent beers too.

    Quite like the Republic Beer Hall on Gordon Street. Steins of tasty beer and does a pretty good pizza too.

    Favourite pub in Glasgow is the Laurieston on Bridge Street. On the outside it looks like you will die, but inside it is fantastic. Friendly staff and locals with Red X and proper 80 shilling on draught. Well worth a visit.

    drslow
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    City centre, Merchant city and Ashton Lane (short tube ride away) are all close. What type of establishment do you fancy?

    lilchris
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    I’ll have had a few alcopops

    You’ll be doomed from the outset.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Around the station is a bit grim and most pubs are best avoided however I like

    http://www.macsorleys.com/

    http://www.navantaverns.com/lab/index.html

    http://www.sloansglasgow.com/

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Simple rules for drinking: avoid any pub with a flat roof and/ or a “Help For Heroes” banner.

    yetidave
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    dissasociate yourself with the cockney at the first sign of trouble – then you’ll be fine.

    Merchant city, or Byres Road in the west end. Don’t wander, don’t get lost, keep money for taxi out of wallet so when thats stollen you can still get back to the hotel, don’t take late bus – its a great night out.

    staralfur
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    My old man was in the infamous Glaswegian a number of years back. Standing at the bar and his mate just crumpled to the floor. One of the locals had thrown a full and unopened can of beer at him.

    Strangers are bad mmmkay.

    MrSmith
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    A couple of years ago 2 friends went for a drink in central Glasgow while working up there, one of them is Asian .
    “what can e git yu”
    ” a double talisker please”
    “and for yur black friend?”

    Lovely place, lovely people.

    peterfile
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    My old man was in the infamous Glaswegian a number of years back. Standing at the bar and his mate just crumpled to the floor. One of the locals had thrown a full and unopened can of beer at him.

    Strangers are bad mmmkay.

    I’ve been to Glasgow five times, so I’m pretty well placed to comment on the place. It’s crazy – I once saw two guys who had been drinking all day start a fight!!!

    Premier Icon ransos
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    I’ve been to Glasgow five times, so I’m pretty well placed to comment on the place. It’s crazy – I once saw two guys who had been drinking all day start a fight!!!

    I’ve been there about the same number of times. Never had any trouble.

    peterfile
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    I’ve been there about the same number of times. Never had any trouble.

    Seriously? I was amazed at how bad it was, even worse than its reputation!

    I’ve never felt so scared in my life.

    Fortunately, the locals are quite easy to spot and avoid.

    Gary_M
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    Lovely place, lovely people.

    You’re right, we’re all the same, every one of us is racist scum ๐Ÿ™„

    You’re nearly Scottish so you’ll be all right, best not bring the cockney.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    A couple of years ago 2 friends went for a drink in central Glasgow while working up there, one of them is Asian .
    “what can e git yu”
    ” a double talisker please”
    “and for yur black friend?”

    Lovely place, lovely people.

    That never happened

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Seriously? I was amazed at how bad it was, even worse than its reputation!

    Seriously. Went in to plenty of pubs too.

    peterfile
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    Seriously. Went in to plenty of pubs too.

    You must have been lucky then. I’ve heard a number of stories about English people being robbed at knifepoint when leaving city centre pubs. Apparently the locals don’t take to kindly to people from more civilised parts of the kingdom ๐Ÿ™

    freeagent
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    Glasgow is mental – just like the Wild West – I’ve been a regular visitor (for work) for the last 6 years.
    I do kind of love it, and have never had a bad meal or a bad night out (had a few mental ones though!)

    Premier Icon ransos
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    You must have been lucky then.

    Or maybe you were unlucky.

    I even had some good banter with the locals in an off-licence – about England’s prospects in whichever tournament we were about to enter.

    Premier Icon irc
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    City centre is mostly fine with a modicum of common sense. Stay on main streets and avoid shortcuts through alleys or the riverside walk at night etc. My teenage daughter and friend got robbed at knifepont beside the river about 10pm having ignored her father’s boring advice about where not to go.

    Peripheral areas vary. A friend of mine was born and bred in Maryhill and never in his life visted the pub 200 yards from his house choosing the safer ones in Maryhill Road. Any yes that pub fitted the flat roof category!

    vintagewino
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    Diamond Dolls is pretty close to the station

    ojom
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    If there are flags waving outside AND/OR football colours, do not enter. Keep walking.

    Also, if there are empty seats in a busy pub, do not sit in them. They probably ‘belong’ to an old boy called radge Boabie and he will smash you in with a stick yet be at least 84 years of age and partially blind and almost completely deaf. He will also be able to not pay for drinks. The bar man probably owes him for something that happened back in ’65.

    bigyinn
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    I lived there for 24 years, went in pretty much ANY pub in Glasgow and ordered with an english accent. Never any grief.
    Mind you I am 6’5″ (with long hair, leather jacketand DMs etc at the time). ๐Ÿ˜†

    I wasn’t aware that lager could be deep fried.

    Premier Icon tomd
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    Where do you live Perfile that makes Glasgow seem like such a ghastly place?

    Glasgow is fine, it’s a big city so has all sorts but also has one of the best cultural scenes and night life in the UK. For the OP – you’ll be fine. If you want nice bars walk the 15 mins from the station down to the Merchant City.

    As for people implying that Glasgow is some racist backwater, also not true. Large parts of the city are very enthnically diverse, and better integrated than many other places in the UK that I have experienced. It’s the thrid biggest urban centre in the UK, so has much more to offer than most places. There are also lots of hills and riding nearby!

    ojom
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    I wasn’t aware that lager could be deep fried

    Loving your work.

    peterfile
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    Where do you live Perfile that makes Glasgow seem like such a ghastly place?

    Park Circus.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    Sounds like I’m in for an ‘interesting’ night then!

    What is the quality of the kebabs?

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    I wasn’t aware that lager could be deep fried.

    See that’s quite funny

    Seriously? I was amazed at how bad it was, even worse than its reputation!

    I’ve never felt so scared in my life.

    Fortunately, the locals are quite easy to spot and avoid.

    This however to use Scottish vernacular is a lotta pish.

    Glasgow is the third largest city in the UK so it has its good points and bad points, its nice areas and its scummy areas. It has a huge student population so none of the locals will be put off by an English accent.

    Avoid pubs around Central Station though they are a bit scummy, try Ashton Lane, the Merchant City or Bath Street for a good night out

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