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The Babbity Bowster, Glasgow

18 Blackfriars Street
Glasgow
G1 1PE
Phone: 01415525055
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Aqualung . left this review about The Babbity Bowster

This has been more than well described below but I would add that there is a doorway on the right that leads to a stair well. There are Gents toilets downstairs and upstairs and apparently there is also a dining room or restaurant upstairs. I was the first in before midday so there was no sign of any food.
There are just three hand pumps here but with one unused there was a poor choice of the ubiquitous Deuchars IPA or Fyne Jarl. I went for the Jarl which wasn't clear and at £3.90 on the expensive side.
This is a pleasant enough and friendly place but for me it was let down by the poor choice and quality of the beer. It's GBG 2018 listed,

On 18th May 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Babbity Bowster

This is quite a smart, modernised little pub which has a few hints to a much older history. You enter into a roughly L-shaped room with nice modern floorboards and a deep, square servery to the rear left with a huge mirror on the bar back, surrounded by a pleasant decorative tile strip. The bar has a nice dark wood counter, broken at the corner by a small wooden pillar against which a board is stood listing the ale options. The room has been fitted out with smart padded banquettes with grey and white wooden backs, standard tables and chairs and a few nice-looking bar stools. The walls are painted in neutral shades and there are floral prints along the ceiling beams, creating a clean but somewhat sterile feel. The left side of the room has minimal décor but there were a few old black and white photos on show plus some evocative paintings. Similar décor can be found in the cosier right-hand side of the room where you will also find a marvellous carved stone pub sign above a small fireplace, an old map of Corsica and the framed sheet music and lyrics to La Marseillaise, for reasons I couldn’t quite fathom out. There is just the one curved banquette to the rear, opposite the bar, where you will also find some bookshelves, various bits of pub literature and a TV screen that remained turned off throughout my visit. Unusually, there was a garden spade mounted on the back wall, again with no real indication as to why. A door to the right leads down to the toilets and on your way through, you pass a nice mural depicting what appears to be a live music session in the pub, whilst the landing area beyond is liberally papered with live music flyers.
Just the two ales available on this visit – Kelburn Jaguar and Tryst Brockville (£3.70). A friendly barman served me a pretty satisfying pint of the latter which I enjoyed whilst exploring the pub on a fairly quiet Sunday night.
This struck me as a relatively upmarket alternative to a lot of Glasgow’s city centre boozers – the sort of place you’d bring friends who aren’t necessarily big pub fans. The warm welcome and good beer were big plus points and whilst the interior only worked in part for me, I’d still be more than happy to return.

On 20th March 2018 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Babbity Bowster

Bar/restaurant serving 3 real ales.i just caught the end off a traditional acoustic music session.

On 4th September 2012 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Colin Walker
High Street (Glasgow), 0.3 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Argyle Street, 0.43 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Glasgow Queen Street, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Babbity Bowster, Glasgow
21st Feb 2019, 08:04
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21st Feb 2019, 08:04
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 November 2011 by Will Larter
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 March 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 23 November 2011 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 November 2011 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 13 May 2018 by Aqualung .
Opening Hours
Sunday12 - 11:59pm
Monday11am - 11:59pm
Tuesday11am - 11:59pm
Wednesday11am - 11:59pm
Thursday11am - 11:59pm
Friday11am - 11:59pm
Saturday11am - 11:59pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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