Right in the middle of Glasgow’s West End, with its cool bars and diverse choice of eating establishments, there is a stubborn stalwart of a place, a pub for proper pub goers, that is Tennent’s Bar. I have been going to this place for about 20 years and it’s still one of my, and Winnie’s favourite, no-nonsense watering holes.
It’s a big old pub, high ceilings, wooden panelled walls with yellowing paintings and photographs, age weathered and worn. The bar boasts a plethora of ‘Real Ales’ with guests beers appearing every other month. The clientèle comes from every walk of life. Plumbers discuss philosophy with University lecturers, hairdressers argue politics with journalists, the occasional footballer or Scottish writer pops in whilst the students laugh over their cheap pints. And the drinks are uncommonly cheap for this part of the city, this goes for the simple but tasty pub food menu too, which also includes all day breakfasts at the weekend.
The pub has existed since 1888 and it has the feel of a place that hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s probably the best place in the West End to watch sports on the TV with multiple screens. It’s one of those pubs you go to read the newspapers, take your dog or talk the night away over real beer with real people.
There is now a bigger selection of trendy canned craft ales, lagers and beers, (which seems to becoming more and more popular in this part of the city!).