So here it is, the humble beginnings of what will be a massive bloody booze crawl round every single pub and club in Glasgow, all rated, all chatted about, and all aiming towards our top twenty watering holes by the end of the year.
It's a mammoth task to be honest, and the NHC MUSIC volunteers wont be doing it on their own, as they would quite like to have fully functioning (well, as good as can be expected for us anyway) livers by the end of the year too. That is why we have also recruited a bunch of yourselves, the people of Glasgow who we chat to on our page and groups, to help us hunt down the best bloody boozer in the city... and probably the worst too...
Anyway, let's get to the boozer chat and see what we thought Marks out of ten will be given for prices, quality, selection, toilet access/cleanliness and there is an 'Other' section to catch everything else we think of, including general cleanliness, friendliness, staff, music, and anything not covered by other marks!
The Grove Bar
One of the closest 'auld man bars' (as we used to call them when we were young 'uns) to the shop, isn't exactly as old man as it appears to be from the outside, and actually enjoys a pretty mixed clientele of both young and old alike, hell, a lot of the time it is filled with students and the casual after work drinker, mixed in with the hardcore regulars of course! Not only that but the prices are great (£3.30 a pint can't be bad!), the pints are clean and crisp, and the back bar is well stocked with a decent assortment of gin, whisky, and vodka. What's not to like? The Grove is well worth a visit when you just want to nip in somewhere friendly for a pint!
Drink Prices - 9/10 Drink Quality 9/10 Drink Selection 7/10 Toilets 7/10 Other 7/10
Total Marks For The Grove - 39/50
The '78 is a rather stylish and welcoming vegetarians dream bar. It's friendly, there is a great food and drink selection, and the only drawback for me was some of the booze prices seemed to be a tad on the 'bloody hell, I only want one of them!' price range. To be fair to the bar though, it is a great selection of higher end beers and ales, so we aren't talking about an overpriced pint of Tennents lager here! I mean, I'm not even sure they have Tennents on draught, as I opted to treat myself to one of those higher end ales I was talking about. I was not disappointed. If you don't have a lot of time, pop in for a fantastic selection of great draught beers, if you do have a bit of time, you bloody well need to try some of the food, as that is truly what a visit to the '78 should be about, whether you are a vegetarian or not!
Drink Prices - 8/10 Drink Quality 9/10 Drink Selection 8/10 Toilets 8/10 Other 8/10
Total Marks For The 78 - 41/50
The Birdtree And Bellfish
More of a hotel lounge than an actual bar, but that's okay, i'm not too picky where I buy my booze these days. I am a bit touchy when two pints costs me more than a tenner though, even if it is two good ales. This is still Glasgow right? Or did I get so pissed last night I have somehow teleported to central London? Nice space, comfortable and stylish surroundings (yet with a surprisingly eensie weensie gents toilet for a boozer) and the staff were a friendly bunch, but if you are watching the pennies, then this probably isn't the place for you to start off your night. I hear the food is pretty damn good to be fair, just a shame we didn't have enough pennies to try it or this wee review could have been very different!
Drink Prices - 6/10 Drink Quality 8/10 Drink Selection 7/10 Toilets 7/10 Other 7/10
Total Marks For The Birdtree And Bellfish - 35/50
**Re-Visit / Right Of Argument** Rules
Just in case the bars think they have been hard done by, or folk think we are being bias in any of our reviews, bars are offered the chance to have us back for a re-visit, and on top of that, YOU , the punters of our great city, are offered the chance to do your own review, if we have both a well put forward counter review, and an offer of return for the one bar, then we will look at going back and seeing if we agree with the new review on offer, and will consider changing some of our scores. THIS CAN ONLY HAPPEN ONCE PER BAR - we would hate to think we caught a good bar on a bad day, so this is our way round that!