Byres Road Bar Crawl
Perched just to the west of Glasgow University, it will come as no surprise that Byres Road is a hella popular drinking spot for pleasure seekers and students alike. We've all fallen victim to the allure of Byres Road bars, pubs and clubs - why not then, set sail on a booze fuelled adventure through the watering holes of this ever popular student area? We've lined up a stellar route that's sure to keep thirst well at bay.
Next up, Bar Gumbo. A jovial neighbourhood bar that serves up a hearty dose of soul food, hard liquor and excellent chat, Bar Gumbo is a failsafe option for any Byres Road bar crawl. Enjoy a killer soundtrack of jazz, blues, soul and reggae classics whilst enjoying all manner of exotic concoctions: try the Persian Julip (served in a teapot and described as an Iranian twist on the Kentucky classic) or the classic but no less delicious, Louisiana Jam.
Urban decay meets cosmopolitan glamour, Bar Soba is a little further up Byres Road, and the next port of call on your Byres Road bar crawl. Look forward to a cool blend of Asian street art, butcher block benches, a charming setting at which to knock back super cheap cocktails - and did we mention that Bar Soba is a stellar spot for a pre-club doozie?
Swing around the corner from The Sparkle Horse onto Byres Road and you'll spot Record Faktory: cool as hell and really, really cheap, this West End bar is a must hit on any Byres Road bar crawl. It's proximity to Glasgow University means that it regularly pulls in a fun time crowd of students (did we mention the 89p drinks during the week?) as well as young professionals that can't quite wean themselves away from student life. A great choice for any Byres Road bar crawl, you won't want to miss out on a stop off at Record Faktory.
You're pretty much at the most northern point of Byres Road, and where better to end your crawl than at West End pleasure palace Hillhead Bookclub? As quirky as they come, don't let the kitsch distract from the matter at hand: this one gets hella rowdy, welcoming a heady schedule of guest acts and in-house DJs churning out a mix of retro classics and the latest trendy musical outputs. Get down and dirty until the wee hours of tomorrow - a deserved reward for completing the infamous Byres Road bar crawl!
So, you'll want to start your Byres Road bar crawl at southern most tip of the street, with a view to finish up top. Head to The Sparkle Horse for a stormin' selection of brews on tap and a menu of hearty pub grub: best keep it chilled at the start, we've got a lot to get through. Sup away on West Brewery's St. Mungo's and Hefeweizen as well as Krusovice, with plenty more by the bottle in the fridges. You'll also want to sample the delight of the Patrick Swayze; a curious little cocktail concoction.
With tonnes of craft beer and huge hearty plates of food, Curler's Rest is a top choice for a night out on Byres Road. The cosy pub is full of deliciousness with a menu that uses locally sourced produce where possible.