Going to Scotland v Ireland or England in Glasgow

first_imgGoing to Scotland v. Ireland or England in Glasgow in November? Need somewhere to eat and drink before or after the game? We’ve got some ideas for you.Glasgow is smiles better, as they say. There’s always loads going on, there’s lots of pubs, the nightlife is amazing, and the locals are welcoming – yes, really! And when there’s a Scotland match on, the place is jumping.Whether you donning your kilt in support of The Tartan Army at the forthcoming fixtures being played at Celtic Park, or singing for Ireland or England, we’ve got some great ideas where to go for a pre-match meal or shandy or two, and for a pint and some nosh post-final whistle, and where to make a night of it. Here’s our pick of the best bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés and clubs in Glasgow’s City Centre and East End.Got any good Glasgow tips for food, drink or dancing ’til dawn? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page.1. Coia’s CafeCoias opened for business in 1928, making it quite the institution among Glasgow’s Dennistoun community. It is rated as one of the best Italians in the city, with wonderfully friendly staff serving up steak and plates of pizza, as well as some old school ice-cream sundaes. And if you don’t have time to sit in, its attached deli and take-away doing pasta and pizzas as well as (arguably!) the best fish and chips in Glasgow.2. Dennistoun Bar-B-QueWith its minimal interiors and vintage notice board, this gourmet burger joint describes itself as a ‘typical Texan Dive’. The meat that makes its burgers is smoked in-house and these primate patties are accompanied by various homemade sides and toppings from mac and cheese to huge bags of seasoned fries. They also serve rather good ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches – yes, a meat lover’s heaven. Saying that, their veggie burger is pretty darn tasty too. 7. WEST BreweryHoused in the magnificent Templeton building – modelled on Doge’s Palace in Venice – WEST brewery’s restaurant serves up tasty German cuisine alongside their own artisan lagers and wheat beers. Their chefs are award-winning, as are the beers and is located in Glasgow Green, one of the nicest parts of the city.8. The Pot StillNo trip to Glasgow is complete without a wee dram in this traditional Scottish pub, stocked with over 300 different whiskies, displayed proudly behind its ornate bar. Given its location near Glasgow’s best theatres it’s a haunt for actors, and theatre-goers alike, along with whisky aficionados, hard-bitten journalists, hard-drinking regulars, and enthusiastic tourists. It really is a quintessentially Glaswegian experience. 4. McChuillsCeltic season ticket holder David Barrett believes it is ‘quite possibly the coolest pub in the town if you’re into good music’. Handily located 15 minutes from Celtic Park, this pub is known for its lively atmosphere before matches, having plenty of space under its low-lying arch roof for fans to have a drink before kick-off.5. The Duchess of Duke StreetThis welcoming gastropub is a new addition to the many trendy bars and restaurants popping up along Glasgow’s once gloomy Duke Street. Its tastefully decorated interiors and fine selection of drinks and deli-style sharing platters make it a great stop if you’re in a group needing to fuel yourself for the day ahead.6. The Vintage at DrygateA curling free kick away from Glasgow’s gothic Necropolis, Drygate is the UK’s first ‘experiential brewery’. Pull up a bench in the beer hall, take the Glasgae air on the ‘beer terrace’ and line your stomach with a sharing platter, which includes some more adventurous options like octopus pastrami. Wash this lot down with a beer from one of their 24 rotating taps and 200 bottles. Get 15% off food on match days if you book in advance, either online or by phone if you mention the exclusive discount code ‘Skyscanner’. 9. Flat 0/1Relive your student years in this unique bar and venue, styled to look like a university flat with its retro TVs, double bed, bath tub chairs hanging from the ceiling and a host of other pieces of quirky furniture and décor. Enjoy a white Russian and some good music in this ultra-hipster hangout. Singing Oasis and putting traffic cones on statues on your way home is optional.10. Sub ClubGlasgow’s nightlife really is buzzing, with a whole host of different late-night bars and nightclubs, playing everything from 80s to reggae to hardstyle, but none quite have the acclaim of the legendary, infamous (etc etc) Sub Club. This basement club attracts some of the world’s most-respected DJs and is continuously voted as one of the best clubs in the world (let alone Glasgow). 2014 is a big year for the club, as trusted Subculture residents, Harri & Domenic are celebrating 20 years in the house, and Sensu, their monthly residents, are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. Despite its popularity and loyal clientele, its drink prices remain reasonable and is always busy. Fixtures:Scotland v. Ireland, European Championship Qualifying – Group D – Friday 14 November, 7.45pmInternational Friendly, Scotland v. England Tuesday 18 November 8pmMore info:Find out more and get tickets for Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers on the Scottish FA official websiteMore about Glasgow:11 best things to see and do in GlasgowNeed somewhere to stay after the footie? Find a hotel in Glasgow. And if you haven’t booked your transport yet, find the best price on flights to Glasgow on Skyscanner.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. BlackfriarsLocated in Glasgow’s trendy Merchant City, Blackfriars stands out among other bars in the area for its staggering selection of craft beers and real ales (that are poured straight from the cask) with staff that are happy to give you advice on what to try. Their straight-up pub grub is spot-on too, so if you like your proper beer, and you need filling up, make it a pit-stop on you way to the game. 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