The Libertine is a bright pub in Merchant City, that's just right for after work bevvies and a nifty stop-off for weekend tipples.
The Libertine is the ultimate Victorian boozer, laden with traditional features. From big comfy armchairs and sink-in-able Chesterfield sofas, to marble pillars, parquet flooring, ornate woodwork and of course, a stag's head, there is a distinct, old worldy, atmospheric setting. Big windows look out on Bell Street and bring the outside in, making for a cosy feel on winter days, and a bright vibe on summer ones.
Atmosphere and Clientele
We stopped into the Libertine in the early evening for some after work drinks. The bar was rather quiet (perhaps we'd skived off a little too early) but there was still a little bustle and banter with a big screen at one end showing Sky Sports. With a cracking location just off Candleriggs, this bar does draw Merchant City workers, as well as punters in for sport on weekends or midweek footie and shoppers passing through to put their feet up, regular live music also draws a crowd. The staff here are welcoming and chatty, adding to the friendly city pub vibes.
Food and Drinks
The Libertine is of course named after esteemed poet, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, (When The Libertine opened, it's name was chosen by a competition) and in keeping with its namesake's penchant for excess, the bar at the Bell Street pub is well stocked. Along with a rounded collection of whiskies and a few limited edition blends too, the bar also serves up a wide selection of craft beers and real ales, including offerings from West Brewery nearby. From the kitchen, there's some tasty gastro pub offerings, we chowed down on a £5 burger and beer deal, but other items that plucked our palates included some tasty-sounding pies, beef chili and some Cajun salmon.
The Libertine is one mighty all rounder, it looks great, it feel great (get yourself into one of those couches), it's got good grub, a fantastic selection at the bar, and some smashing pubby extras like sports and music. If you're looking for a full-package pub in the heart of Merchant City, I reckon we just found your new local.