“How long do I need to do Glasgow ?” asks one of my regular readers.
Well, that depends whether you want to do ALL the Guide pubs, and whether you’ve a cultural bone in your body or not. You could easily spend two days doing Glasgow’s fantastic museums like the Kelvingrove and Burrell Collection. There’s probably a Tennent’s museum somewhere.
But let’s assume you’re a cultural heathen who just wants to drink beer and eat curry, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I’ll also assume you can manage a couple of hours on foot.
Where to start ?
Well, a 9am Breakfast with Lorne sausage at Cairn Lodge on the M6 is the only way to go if you’re driving into Glasgow.
But if you’re already in Glasgow, find a Wetherspoons and wash down their Scottish breakfast with an early pint of Deuchars.
You’re spoilt for choice for Spoons, but I rate the one in Cambuslang highly. Can you see why ?
11 am The Bon Accord. Best for beer quality on my visit, and a chance to relive the moment in 1978 when the Scots thought they were going to win the World Cup.
12pm Walk along Sauchiehall Street. Eat that Tunnocks wafer you’ve been saving in your coat pocket.
1pm Pot Still. Another classic. Don’t get distracted by their whiskies.
1.30 Pop in the Gallery of Modern Art for your culture. You can’t miss it.
2pm Succumb to the burger and chips at the Dog House., my favourite Brew Dog venture. Go on, you deserve your craft.
Purists can walk the extra 5 minutes to Babbity Bowster for a Deuchars, but both the pub and the beer have fallen out of favour of late.
3pm Take a stroll east to the High Street to admire the cathedral, necropolis and art.
4pm Loo stop in Sloans. The Whitelocks of the North.
5pm State Bar. A Top 100 pub, cosy and warm, miss the Green Devil and regret it forever.
6pm Walk across the Clyde to one of the world’s great pubs.
6.30 The Laurieston Bar. “A symphony in red and brown” I wrote of the Laurieston. Have a Jarl and sing along to the crooners.
7.30pm Curry round the corner at Karahi Palace.
A nightcap ? You’ll be drunk by now, so best randomly look for one of the big red “T” signs. And ask for a Bud.