the bouncers are usually brought in on football day’s,this was after OLDCO,RANGERS CASUALS attacked several pubs with celtic fans in them after a so called old firm match,it was co’ordinated attack with many english based bnp/rangers fans taking part,i was in the area just before and was asked by dodgy looking english man where the fiddlers arms was,this was the focal point of the attack as it was full of celtic fans watching the game on tv
14 Drury Street, Glasgow, Scotland G2 5AA
“The newest addition to Glasgow's bar scene promises to do things a little differently. Located at the heart of the city centre in Drury Street, on the site of the old O'Henry's Bar. The bar is set over three floors and has a capacity of nearly 200. ...” more...
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This is a good, proper pub which offers a wide selection of real ales and real ciders. Also has live music regularly and there's a strange seating area to one side of the pub... sort of like the place is trying to cater for too many people simultaneously. Free wifi too, ask for the password behind the bar.
Prices can be pricey and the music can be very loud... if they didn't serve real ales this would be a 3, but because of this, it's a worthy 4.
I've reduced this to a 3* for being turned away by the bouncers twice, because it was apparently too busy. No real ale pub should ever need bouncers. I fear this place has lost its way.
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deadordead, 17 March 2013:
Another overpriced Merchant City bar which thinks it's better than it is.
No sign of any prices anywhere, and when you pay you can see WHY they don't display them.
Good for real ale, but so are the Wetherspoon pubs(nearby) -at half the price!
If you prefer a traditional pub then the "Bon Accord" and the"State Bar" are superior, cheaper, and show their prices.
deadordead, 23 February 2010:
if you think a plastic pub like the ba is traditional bar then you know very little
james715, 23 February 2010:
Ok know-all, in what way are you better qualified than me (or anyone else) to decide what a traditional pub is? "Traditional" is a very loose term. Like many other good traditional pubs, the Bonn Accord has its mock-traditional features, but to call it"plastic" just shows you have some personal issues about it.
If you want to be strict about "traditional" then maybe we should look for sawdust on the floor, spittoons and no ladies toilet.
The "BA" has nearly 40 years of tradition in Glasgow. It is our original real ale pub, and all others in Glasgow have followed from it. It also has a great selection of whisky, and great value traditional pub food.
That's"traditional"enough for me
Pete-The-Postman, 22 January 2011:
I fully agree with you that Blackfriars is overpriced, even by Merchant City standards, and that both The Bon and The State are better options. Unfortunately, if you are on foot then both of these bars are a bit of a trek.
With apologies to deadordead, I would say that The Bon is anything but a plastic bar. It's a traddional bar, and is regarded by many as the first pub in Glasgow that specialised in real ales.
Overall I would visit Blackfriars if I was in the Merchant City, although I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it.
fender1, 14 July 2011:
The Bon Accord doesn’t and I think £3.00 for a pint of Strongbow is a bit over the top !!!
deadordead, 17 March 2013:
i drunk in the bon for years in those the vast majority of staff were cask ale drinkers,who knew about the beer ,today half the staff couldn’t tell the difference between a bitter and a stout,the bar was revamped(sic),by scottish brewers pubco,and was completely ruined,it has since returned to private hands but the decor is still as fake as tennents lager
My favourite pub in the merchant city, with a very good selection of beers and ales, a friendly staff and clientele. Can be busy though.
Used to have comedy on in the basement, but now there’s only comedy during festivals.
The Blackfriars has been in Bell Street for about 30 years and has a very warm, welcoming atmosphere. Staff + Management provide excellent Customer Service; Toilets clean + well-maintained. Bar Prices are average for the Area.
The Comedy Club is exactly what you would expect from a “Comedy Club”.
Bar Meals are of good quality; well prepared + presented.
If in the Merchant City, why not give it a try. I’m sure you will enjoy the experience.
One of my favourite pubs in Glasgow city centre. Located in the Merchant City, it’s been here long before the area really took off in terms of nightlife.
Serving a good selection of real ales along with the usual drinks selection it is a warm, welcoming and friendly traditional style pub.
Downstairs is a small club area where they host comedy nights. The quality of comedian varies, as is always the case with comedy clubs, but I have had some great nights here - and some good laughs.
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