10 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

36 Bell Street, Merchant City
Glasgow, Scotland, G1 1LG
United Kingdom

+44 141 552 5924 | map

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This busy pub is a good choice for a decent pint in Merchant City, with a number of choices of real ale from Scotland, including from Kelburn & Highland Brewery's.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Tough call if you are looking for a traditional pub vibe...this place is more of a US craft pub vibe. The cask selection is not that (5), but still pretty good and not the same stuff you get everywhere else. Plenty of bottles as well, but I didn't really look into that. Food was good, and price was about what you would expect for the area. Not a bargain, but reasonable. I'd still recommend Bon Accord over this place if you want great cask ale (or whisky), but this place may be easier to get to depending on where you are staying.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice little pub with a great selection of bottled beers and a varied on-tap selection too that is regularly rotated. The staff seemed pretty knowledgeable and they had several beers I hadn't seen anywhere in the city. The price was slightly on the high side but in fairness you get what you pay for & that was good beer. The only down side was the lack of seating, both times I have been I yet to sit down & the place looks too much like a cafe in my opinion, very clean & modern looking. ~Other than that I cant fault the place.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Nice corner pub. Bar with perhaps 10 seats and a nice, open area in the rounded corner of the building. Very open and airy. relaxed atmosphere. Some great beers available. 5 Scottish cask beers that appear to rotate, as well as a few Brew Dog beers on tap, euro lagers and a few others. SNPA, Brooklyn, Golden Monkey and others in bottles. All were milds or British pale ales, nothing too dark-would have loved a porter or stout. Decent service. Some nice single malts on hand as well. Did not try the food. Prices seemed more reasonable then the last stop I made. Well worth stopping here-just a block off Argyll Street if you are in the area.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on Hogmanay 2010

Im sure this pub has won Glasgow CAMRA Pub of the year before and i can see why.

A moderate sized single roomed pub with lots of seating areas for both drinking and dining. Wooden floors and whitewashed walls with lots of mirrors and soft lighting made a cosy atmosphere.

Lively conversation and a good mix of people gives the place a nice buzz.

Approx 5 cask ales on tap, usual suspects (tennents etc) and a surprising selection of US beers including O'dells, 3-4 Stone Beers and others i cant remember.

Had a 1/2 pint of Blackfriar Ale from the Inveralmond brewery in an imperial 1/2 pint glass and in excellent condition.

Service was extremely friendly and enough bar staff that you were never waiting long. Generous with allowing you to taste unfamiliar cask ales too!

Food was not sampled but they had an extensive gastro pub menu including steaks, burgers, fish dishes etc with daily specials.

A favourite pub in Glasgow for me, the excellent vibe and friendly service make this a must visit even without the excellent beer selection.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I visited Glasgow in June 2009 and found Blackfriars to be my favourite bar I visited. There were five cask beers being served, mostly local microbrews from the area. Good selection of bottles and other taps as well.

My fiancee and I came on a Friday night. Good atmosphere and mix of people, young and old, men and women. No music, loud, and lots of people standing. Warm and friendly staff; service was at the bar. Didn't try the food, but the warm chipnuts at the bar were great.

Pints were reasonably priced, most were around 2.50 to 3.00 pounds.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited in March 2009. Very nice place for my first real beer in a few months. Had some good real ales, I had and enjoyed the Dark Star Sussex Extra Stout on cask and a few Brewdog brews, plus some others. It seemed like they had a good rotation on cask. The rest of their selection was nice and balanced. The food was good, had this fish and chips. Service was good, both early and late staffs. We missed the live music, I think that would've added to the atmosphere. Overall it was a great experience and hope to return one day.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I arranged to meet up with some friends here and I must admit it took me a bit of time to find as it is not in the main street, rather hidden away off the main drag with a few other good bars and some excellent restaurants.

The bar staff were very friendly and the service was very quick, they were also helpful with tasters of the beers.

The beer was very good, these beers are kept well and the pipes are cleaned regularly. The selection was good, 4 beers on cask and another three though taps along with the usual drivel in Scotland (lager), but they also had an excellent selection of bottled beers.

One problem was that it was a night when football was on and the pub are in the process of taking out the TV; they believe it kills the atmosphere. This makes it a straight choice between beer and football, not fair; however I did get to see the game.

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Photo of Stephen63
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great pub in the Merchant City area of Glasgow that ticks all the boxes for me. Like most Glasgow establishments gets very busy at the weekends and as it is not the biggest pub may feel a little claustrophobic. However the atmosphere is good with a mix of young and older clientele.

Beer selection is good with around 4 or 5 cask ales and a good selection of bottled beers with Belguim well represented! I spotted draught Innis and Gunn and had to try it. However it was gas dispensed and a big disappointment given that it is a great bottled beer. Will know better next time. Quite often I have been offered a taster of the real ales which is a nice and but not very common practise in the UK.

Definitely worth seeking out if you visit Glasgow.

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Photo of haz77
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went to this pub many times while living in Glasgow. It's located in Merchant City and is, in my opinion, the best in the area. Doesn’t look particularly promising from the outside, but is unpretentious, has a decent selection of cask ales, which are usually Scottish, as well as several bottled beers from around the world. There’s a comedy club downstairs at weekends, and live music during the week. The staff are good and food is limited in selection, but decent. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Glasgow.

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Blackfriars in Glasgow, GB6, United Kingdom
4.18 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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