It's Game On! Watching all the sporting action in Glasgow over the next two weeks is going to be thirsty work, so here's my pick of the pubs you should enjoy after a hard day's spectating ...
1. The Horseshoe Bar, 17-21 Drury Street
A pub with legendary status in Glasgow and beyond. If I had a pound for every time a tourist asked me directions to this pub over the years, I reckon I’d have at least sixteen quid. Very busy bar which is popular with locals and visitors, the Horseshoe has what is claimed to be the longest bar in Europe and is packed out most nights of the week. The pub is well known for its karaoke sessions upstairs if you fancy a sing song, but I’m told the standard of singing is pretty high so you’d better be good. It’s just round the corner from Central Station and the taxi rank when last orders are called.
2 The Camperdown Place, 4-5 West George Street
Situated underneath Queen Street station, this pub is my favourite Wetherspoons in the town and offers a friendly atmosphere with really efficient bar staff. It’s cheap too and they do a delicious, ice cold pint of Heineken for £3.09 which, as far as I’m concerned, makes it a winner. There’s an outside seating area with views over to George Square so you really can drink in that proper Commonwealth Games atmosphere.
3 Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street
This friendly Merchant City venue is just over the road from the Commonwealth Games HQ so it’s a good place to visit if you want to get to the heart of what’s going on. Good selection of beers, nice food, and they’re showing the Opening Ceremony in their basement bar which could be fun.
4 The Clockwork Beer Company, 1153-115 Cathcart Road
Recently refurbished, this South Side favourite is close to Hampden and is well loved and frequented by football fans before and after big games at the National Stadium. It’s a good bet if you fancy a drink after a day watching the athletics and has something that’s sadly now a rarity in Glasgow - a beer garden. As its name suggests, the pub brews its own beers and you can take a tour of the brewery and taste some of the craft ales on offer. One of the best pubs on the South Side.
5 The Pot Still, 154 Hope Street
If it’s a few drams you’re after, this is the place to go. The Pot Still boats a huge array of whiskies and is also a good place to visit if you like your real ales. It’s a traditional pub with a nice wee seated area upstairs which makes it feel nice and cosy and it has always been busy any time I’ve been in. Well worth a look.
6 The Park Bar, 1202 Argyle Street
Situated near to the bowling greens in Kelvingrove Park, this is a pub that’s popular with people who have come from the Western Isles to live in Glasgow ... and it’s a fun place for a night out
Featuring live Scottish music, it’s bound to be jumping during the Games, especially at the weekends when it gets very lively!
7 The Three Craws, 501 Crow Road
There’s not much of the ways of pubs near Scotstoun Stadium but the Three Craws in nearby Jordanhill is great, especially if you’re hungry. The steaks are delightful and they do a good selection of beers. It’s very popular with families and there’s a smoking area out the front for those who haven’t quite started their 2014 Games health kick yet!
8 Hielan Jessie, 374 Gallowgate
If you’re on your back from Tollcross or the Emirates, you should stop here for a taste of a proper Glasgow pub. The bar doesn’t have a jukebox, pool table, TV or fruit machines so it’s a great place for a pint and a chat. There’s also a collection of photos by the celebrated Glasgow photographer Oscar Mazaroli on display so you can get a glimpse of how the city used to live.
9 West Brewery, 15 Binnie Place
One of the trendiest venues in Glasgow, West is well worth the short trip from the Merchant City to Glasgow Green. Beers are delicious and the German-style food is fab too. It will be a busy place during the Games and with good reason. It’s one of Glasgow finest bars. And there’s a brewery on site too.
10 Babbity Bowsters, 16-18 Blackfriars Street
If it’s intimate venues you’re after, Babbity’s won’t disappoint. The bar hosts regular music sessions and is a big hit with tourists. It’s got a beer garden and also provides bed and breakfast accommodation. With the huge amount of visitors to the city, Babbity’s will be a good place to meet fellow beer fans from all over the Commonwealth.