My Favourite Pubs in Glasgow

NB – this list is in no particular order…

1. The Three Judges

I love an ‘old man pub’, and the 3J is everything you’d hope for from this category. Dark, cosy interior, cheap drinks, no music and a solid real ale selection. They’re owned by Stonegate so have access to a large ale selection (I think there may be 8 or 9 cask ale lines from memory…?). They’ve recently got two Brewdog lines in if you fancy something cold and fizzy; Punk and Elvis Juice, and usually a decent malt of the month. If you want a quiet pint or two on a Friday night, you can’t beat the 3J!

2. Inn Deep

Owned by the Williams Bros, this pub couldn’t be in a better location. Below Valhalla’s Goat (which they also own), right by the river and just a stone’s throw from Kelvingrove Park. Heaven. On a sunny day, this is the place to go for a beer as the atmosphere is amazing. They have a pretty impressive line up both on draft and in bottle/can so every time you go there’s a nice new wee surprise to try.

3. The Pot Still

This is any whisky lover’s dream pub. Whiskies as far as the eye can see in a great setting with super friendly, knowledgeable staff. They’ve got a few cask lines with rotating Scottish Breweries and a nice bottle selection too. You’re pretty lucky if you get a seat as I don’t think I’ve ever been and it’s not packed, but I think that’s testament to what an excellent pub it is!

4. Drygate

Sitting drinking a beer whilst watching how it’s made is always cool, right? Well that’s exactly what you can do in Drygate. The huge windows show the brewery in all its glory. They also have a great outdoors area upstairs and a big events space which plays host to some pretty cool shows/markets and even beer festivals. As well as the staple Drygate beers, they also have beers from their experimental kit which they encourage staff to get creative with, and a good selection from quality brewers with some pretty rare kegs available.

5. Grunting Growler

A very small ‘pub’, Grunting Growler is the passion of Jehad Hetu, a lovely guy who’s been determined for years to set up his own growler joint. The space on Old Dumbarton Road is really cool with some great bottle fridges, and a few keg lines. It used to be takeaway only but in the past year, there is now a wee table to sit in and drink too, and I’ve seen on Facebook that there appears to be a screen set up ahead of the World Cup…

My boyfriend and I have been trying to shortlist the best places to go to watch matches but this has got to be no.1!

NB this photo is ancient and there’s been a bit of a change of decor since!

6. The Park Bar

Not going to lie…the beer in here isn’t great, but everything it lacks for in beer, it makes up for in atmosphere. If they got a few good lines in, this would hands down be my favourite Glasgow pub.

7. 6° North

This is the place to go if you like Belgian beers. I have to admit that I’m not the biggest Belgian fan but they always have an unusual keg line up with breweries I’ve never tried before so it’s really good for experimenting. It’s got a lovely spacious and light atmosphere too so it’s ideal for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

8. The State Bar

This is the closest good pub to my office so I occasionally pop in ‘just for one’ after work. They have probably the best cask line up I’ve seen so far in Glasgow, often with beers from Fallen, Loch Lomond as well as breweries from further afield. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with seating areas all around so there’s often a wee seat tucked up at the back to sneak into.

9. The Counting House

Wetherspoons gets a bad name but I’m 100% sticking up for The Counting House. They have a huge beer selection and put a lot of effort into working with local breweries which is evident in both their keg and cask line up. Also, their app is class. Saying all that though, I’d probably avoid it on a Friday/Saturday night…

10. Crossing the Rubicon

The sweet potato and carrot korma from here was one of the best curries I’ve ever eaten. They’ve recently sadly done away with their curry menu and replaced it with pizza and I’m heartbroken. I’m sure the pizza is amazing if their previous menu was anything to go by (I’ve not been to try it yet), but you just can’t beat curry and beer!! I love the decor in here, loads of really cool illustrations, and they always have a good beer line up. They’ve also got a nice beer garden area on Great Western Road which is excellent for people watching.

 

 

 

Let me know if there are any gems I missed – always looking for new places to try!

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Kapplerbrau

I recently came across the brewery Kapplerbrau (or Kappler brewery in English) and wanted to let you know about them. They are a small, private, family-run brewery and as you can imagine, the family element of their company makes me have an affinity for them. They’re based in the Bavarian countryside in Germany and focus on ‘quality not quantity’. Kapplerbrau are sticklers for Reinheitsgebot (or the Bavarian Purity Law to us non-German speakers) which insists that only beer, water, barley and hops are to be used in the production of beer. There has been a brewer on the site for hundreds of years and has been passed through four generations of the Wiedemann family to the brothers Hans, Toni and Max.

Their two most famous beers are the Export Hell and Hefeweisse which you can see pictured below.

 

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Export Hell is a bottom fermented export beer. It’s quite light in colour but full bodied and 5.2%. In the 2012 Beer Star Awards it received Gold in the Export category and I would definitely recommend trying it out.

 

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Hefeweisse is their wheat bear. As you can see from the photo it’s a thick, light, golden straw coloured beer. It pours with a thick, creamy head and tastes quite fruity. Like the Export Hell, it’s also 5.2% and bottom fermented. It’s also bottle conditioned which sits in line with their traditional ways.

 

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So far I only know of the following places that sell the two beers:

Glasgow:

Hippo Beers
The Cave
The Belle
Good Spirits Co.
Beer Cafe
 
Edinburgh:
Great Grog
Beerhive
Henderson Wines
Brauhaus
Villeneuve Wines
Appelation Wines
Provenance
Cloisters
 
If you get a chance to try these out or know of anywhere else that stocks them (especially in London where I’m now based), please let me know, I’d love to hear about it!