Babbity Bowster

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Babbity BowsterBabbity Bowster

Type: Bar, Eatery

16-18 Blackfriars Street
Glasgow, Scotland, G1 1PE
United Kingdom

+44 141 552 5055 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of lackenhauser
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Very nice, wide open pub. Painted white with nice dental molding surrounding celiling. Nice, light and airey. Empty except for 3 women having a late lunch. Great service-the 2 girls behind the bar could not have been nicer. Beer selection was ok at best. No cask beer, and 2 Scottish beers on nitro. Seemd a bit pricey though this might be standard prices for in the city. After a pint and some great conversation headed around the corner to Blackfriar's. It looked the beers might rotate but I would give this a pass if it was between this and Blackfriar's.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Now one of the oldest real ale pubs in Glasgow from the days when the Mitre was still serving , the Babbity Bowster remains one of the hippest and most stylish pubs in town.

The beer selection is fairly modest, only two cask ales were available last time I was there. Both were relatively hard beers to find though they were probably only average in quality. This seems to be a common theme here.

Service can often be rather lethargic and sadly bar staff can be quite remote. Can't help feeling that they see you as an unnecessary distraction from time to time.

But food is very good and if you want there is accomodation which offers a quality breakfast including kippers. An unusual taste sensation after a night out on the lash let me tell you.

You feel better about life by just spending an hour or two with friends at the Babbity Bowster. It's just a shame the cask ales weren't treated as though they are an afterthought.

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Photo of WhatANicePub
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Light and airy inside, the Babbity Bowster's decor resembles a continental bistro more than a traditional pub, yet the food and drink on offer are resolutely modern-scottish.

Real ales on offer are generally Kelburn Misty Law and Houston Peter's Well, and a guest beer is sometimes available too. Not a large selection but they're decent beers and as local as you can get.

Outside, there is one of Glasgow's few beer gardens. It's small, so fills up quickly on the three days of the year when the sun comes out.

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stayed here for a few nights on a vacation a few years back, and had a great experience. Thought we were in the wrong place, as we didn't expect our hotel to have such a large pub attached. We learned it was more like a large pub with some rooms above.

As we peered through the front windows from the pouring rain outside, one of the regulars came out the front door and told us to come in out of the rain and sit by the fire and grabbed our suitcases out of our hands and carried them inside.

The Saturday afternoon musicians were seated and playing, and we were greeted by about a dozen violins, a few mandolins, and a few accordions.

The beer selection was not vast, maybe only 5 or 6 on draft, but there was nothing that we'd had before in the states, so we were excited to try it all. There was also a rotating local beer that changed each night. The food was excellent and reasonably priced, and the servers were all very friendly and allowed us to try not only the beers but also some of the local foods before ordering.

I can understand how a local might tire of this place or find better selection elsewhere, but it's definitely worth stopping in to try the draft selections.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I echo the comments that appear elsewhere. This could be a great place, the atmosphere is good and on a Saturday night you usually get some free entertainment as quite often there is impromtu folky music from some of the patrons, I guess they came from a practise session or something.

Sadly the beer is a major disappointment. As mentioned in one of the other reviews what at first appears to be hand pumps is actually gas pressure dispensed. I had the guest beer which was expensive and very gassy. Only stayed for one and won't be back in a hurry. A real pity as the pub itself could be so much better. If you are in the area best to stick to Blackfriars

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Photo of haz77
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Went here twice while living in Glasgow and wasn't impressed on either occasion. Despite the pub not be particularly busy I found the staff unhelpful and the beer pricey. I didn’t eat there but the food looked good. On the plus side, the beer seems well-kept, although limited in selection. It has a beer garden for the summer and doubles as a hotel, which I suppose would make a change from staying at ‘chain’ hotel. This bar seems to split the opinions of the people I know. Some really like the place, but others, like myself, don't. Worth a look, if only to make up you own mind.

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