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The Imperial, Glasgow

6 Howard Street
G1 4AZ

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Paul McScotty left this review about Imperial Bar

Despite its pretty central location (just off St Enochs) and the fact this pub has been established in the city for generations, not many people seem to be aware of it existence which is a pity as its a good traditional pub with a lot of original features including 3 large stained glass windows, a couple of really nice large advertising mirrors (from the 30s/40s?) and what looks like original (Art Deco type) lamps throughout the pub that all add the the atmosphere of the place. The bar has had a recent change of management (thoguh not owners as far as I am aware) and it seems to have given the place a shot in the arm. On entering the pub there is a central bar area with ample booth type seating inside. Drinks wise it the usual selection of beers (sadly no real ales) such as Tennents, Guinness, McEwans, John Smiths, Bellhaven etc along with a nice selection of vodka, gin - they also have a good (but not stocked in depth ie the odd bottle) whiskey selection all att reasonable prices. The few times I have popped in during the week (usually heading straight back out) the bar has been very quiet, however Friday and especially Saturday (think its mostly alternative Saturdays) when they have a good DJ on (Ronnie) )playing everything from 50s-80's to Bowie, to rock to modern chart ) it can be busy (not mobbed) and a good night. The clientèle always seem really nice and are not cleeky will chat to you, weekends seem to consists of a mixture of core regulars and semi regulars with ages usually (well) over 40 with a few younger folk now finding the place, Bar staff are always nice (despite some other comments on other sites). No food and a poor selection of snacks (crisps, nut) is the only downside to me - a great wee bar maybe not too spend the entire night but certainly good for a nice pint a chat and to listen to the DJ on Saturday. Well worth a visit.

On 9th January 2014 - rating: 8
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David Ross left this review about Imperial Bar

One of the ever decreasing number of old fashioned Glasgow pubs in the city centre, this is a pleasant relief from the over-modern establishments which predominate in the area. The Imperial has retained the same name ever since I can remember and has interesting stained glass windows and an impressive gantry behind the semi-circular bar. Not cheap, at £3.15 for a pint of Guinness, but it has a proper pub atmosphere, with no music to be heard and the TV on at a low volume.

On 22nd December 2011 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about Imperial Bar

An old style, single bar blue collar pub near St Enoch's, The Imperial is claustrophobic and not particularly friendly. It's a bit gloomy, but it does have the benefit of being out of the way, so is a good place to escape the tourists and/or Christmas shoppers. No real ale on, and the staff weren't all that helpful. Fine if you're a local or want a quiet soft drink in morose company, but it's not my first choice of watering hole in this area as it currently stands.

On 16th December 2011 - rating: 4
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Colin Walker left this review about Imperial Bar

A hard to find pub as its of the main roads, and on the other side of St Enoch's underground station and away from the shopping areas. The pub has 3 nice stained glass windows, showing waht the pub has on offer. A king having a feast, a barmaid serving drinks & two entertainers playing music. Nice enough inside, but not for the supposed young crowd. Still very nice enough if waiting for the underground train or for a nice drink in peace & quiet.

On 30th October 2011 - rating: 10
[User has posted 711 recommendations about 706 pubs]