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The Horse Shoe, Glasgow Central, Glasgow

19 Drury Street
Glasgow
G2 5AE
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Oak Tree (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Old Boots left this review about The Horse Shoe

Classic Glasgow bar famous for the longest counter which snakes around the middle of the square bar. Second claim to fame is karoke apparently. Four pulls of mainly national (UK) stuff but not bad as it’s a Nicholsons pub. Loads of big screens ruining the otherwise tasteful Victorian decor.

On 16th July 2018 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Horse Shoe

This is a pretty spectacular heritage pub in the city centre which holds a claim to have the longest bar counter in Britain. The servery dominates the pub, running in something approximating a keyhole shape, through the centre of the pub, with numerous rooms, now mostly opened out, fanning off around it. The pub’s splendour is generally attributed to the efforts of former landlord John Young Whyte who took ownership of the pub in 1923 and installed many of the horse themed items still seen today. Fittingly, his initials appear etched into small glass panes around the servery, which is a dark wood beauty topped with a marvellous gantry which holds some spectacular vases and has a selection of quotes printed on the inside. The bar back has a few numbered whisky barrel ends set into it, but it’s unclear if they were ever functional in their present location. The extent of the servery means that space for seating is fairly restricted, with only a few notable pockets here and there as you walk around the bar. To the front for example, there are a few upturned barrels to rest your pint on, but that’s about all. Further back, decent bench and chair options appear in some pretty dark corners and those in the right hand side of the pub still retain bell pushes above the benches. Several smart fireplaces have been dotted around the room, most of which are horseshoe shaped. The back wall is dominated by some quite incredible pub mirrors which are well worth a look, plus a few black and white photos of the pub back in the day and a marvellous pub clock. Elsewhere, decorative panels, ceramic tiles, brewery mirrors and more photos round out the rather special decor of this impressively fitted pub. Several TV screens were showing a muted sports channel whilst pop music played quietly in the background. There is an upstairs lounge which was given a thorough refurbishment in 2015, but I didn’t visit on this occasion. Apparently a former landlord used to let the band Travis rehearse in this room during their rise to stardom.
The pub is more famous for its pies than its beer, having sold locally sourced pies for many years until owners Mitchell and Butlers, put an end to this practise, opting for frozen pies from a national supplier instead – an issue which I believe remains unresolved to this day. They did have three cask ales on when I arrived though – Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Inveralmond Lia Fail. The latter set me back £3.25 for a pint and was in reasonable shape, served to me by a very pleasant barmaid.
I really enjoyed visiting this place and loved the novelty of the crazy servery as well as the numerous items of historic interest which thankfully M&B haven’t managed to totally ruin as yet. The beer is decent enough to make this place worth the odd look in every now and again and I would certainly have no complaints if I were to find myself back here again.

On 27th April 2018 - rating: 7
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grant bjorkelund left this review about The Horse Shoe Bar

One of Scotland's best pubs and certainly miles ahead of any pub in Glasgow, longest bar i have seen, always busy, have to wait to get a seat upstairs, good selection of ales and i always loved this bar, a cracker, if you walk past you will miss it.

On 16th October 2016 - rating: 10
[User has posted 21 recommendations about 20 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
Glasgow Central, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Glasgow Queen Street, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Argyle Street, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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20th Oct 2018, 15:52
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Pub Details

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  • Car Park : No last updated 01 September 2015 by Colin Walker
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 August 2013 by hondo .
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 27 June 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
Opening Hours
Sunday10am - Midnight
Monday10am - Midnight
Tuesday10am - Midnight
Wednesday10am - Midnight
Thursday10am - Midnight
Friday10am - Midnight
Saturday9am - Midnight
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