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The State, Glasgow

148 Holland Street
Glasgow
G2 4NG
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Pub SignMan left this review about The State

This is a lovely traditional pub just off the main thoroughfare of Sauchiehall Street. The pub is dominated by a magnificent island servery which is in an oval shape with a marble topped counter, brass foot and hand rails, and some lovely worked wooden pillars supporting a great curved gantry with old tankards hanging from it and slogans printed on the inside. The bar back is similarly constructed and the overall effect is pretty outstanding, with the servery being the undoubted star of the pub. It serves a well appointed room which is partly bare boarded and partly carpeted. A large stone relief next to the entrance is a most unusual feature and there is very limited seating on this side of the pub thanks to the narrow gap between bar and side wall. Things open out more to the right and rear where padded banquettes and chairs serve a wide range of tables. This part of the room is decorated with old playbills, photos of stars of the stage and other such theatrical bits and there is also a particularly pleasant stained glass window here too, depicting a Scottish terrier. The back wall has lots of historic photos of Glasgow and a huge mirror in a very unusual frame. Several TV screens dotted around the room were showing a live football match with the commentary just about audible over a very busy Monday evening crowd.
There seemed to be handpulls dotted around all corners of the bar, so working out the full range took a bit of time but gave me the chance to properly take in the excellent servery. The options I noted were Oakham JHB and Citra, Cromarty Red Rocker, Farmhouse and Credence Valhalla, Anarchy Sublime Chaos and Stewartstown State No 3, which I believe is a house beer. An attentive barman picked me out in the crowd and served up a very nice pint of the JHB which was in great shape and one of the best pints I had in Glasgow.
I really warmed to this place which I thought had bags of character, a good, lively atmosphere and some great beer. The place obviously has a strong local following, as evidenced by the great turnout on a Monday evening and I would most certainly look to call in here again the next time I’m in the city.

On 16th April 2018 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The State Bar

Attractive old pub just off Sauchiehall Street, featuring a large - for the space - island bar (albeit at the price of relatively little seating). Traditional look and feel, and you can see why it is a local Camra award winner. Seven real ales on handpump, including four from Mordue, but I went with the Falcon & Stewart's Pelican wheat beer (£3.40).

On 15th May 2016 - rating: 8
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Paul McScotty left this review about The State Bar

Situated on a side street just off the top end of Sauchiehall St (heading into the West end) The State Bar is a bit of a hidden gem. A very pleasant looking bar from the outside with hanging baskets of flowers and a tidy black frontage - inside as you enter is no less impressive, a traditional looking bar with wood panelling , red ceiling, thin pillars, and lighter coloured walls, it also has brass lights with a variety of various & interesting picture, cartoons , beer advertising signs & large pub mirrors etc on the walls all giving it a certain style. The central dark wood (with brass surrounds) bar area is very well stocked with an excellent selection of whiskeys and other spirits, a really large selection of standard pump beers so many I cant recall them all (from Guinness to Tennent's to Staropramen) all at reasonable prices (£3;10 a pint) plus a really good selection of real ale (from 5 - 8 at a time) real ales change regularly (pity State hasn't got a website for the bar) . There is ample seating with a few booth areas near the windows and seats and table to the right of the bar and enough space at the bar to stand if that is preferred. Staff are friendly and there are always enough on at one time so you get served pretty quickly - clientèle are mixed but mostly over 40 (with a few younger folk / groups) and seem pretty nice. 2 TV screens are on volume low and has papers, mags etc around during the day for a read. State has a famous and popular comedy club and pub area can be busy when an act is on - overall a great bar for a pint and to chill out (I hear they also do good food but only at lunchtime) Toilets are a bit small though for a busy bar - only downside is that for a bar with such a large range of beers I cant see a website (the Comedy club has one though) but I doubt you would be disappointed visiting on speck (plus its near other cools bars like the Griffin, Variety etc) Well well worth a vist

On 16th May 2014 - rating: 8
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16th Apr 2018, 18:44
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 April 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 April 2018 by Pub SignMan
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Last inspected: August 2nd 2016
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