Mackinnon’s is a classic pub built underneath the train line which acts as a border to Glasgow’s famous districts of Trongate and Gallowgate. There has been a pub on this site since at least 1815 and over the years it has been known as the CrossKeys, The Calton Arms, Gilmour’s, Mercat.
During the 1880s this pub was well known throughout the city as the Royal Military Rendezvous where veterans gathered to reminisce of old times. It is an odd-shaped building and runs in a sort of an odd U-shape. On the outside wall you’ll find some street art dedicated to Tennent’s Wellpark animated cartoons (for a good laugh head to YouTube to watch Tennent’s Wellpark Umpteen).
I enjoy stopping off here for a pint if I’m heading to the world famous Barrowlands venue for a gig or just cutting about the Trongate after a day of walking around Glasgow city centre. You’ll be welcomed into the bar by the friendly clientele as well as the landlady.
Also, you are in for a treat if you have an early start because MacKinnon’s opens at 8am to cater to the nightshift workers. As Glasgow folklore states, you’ll just have to ‘pass the roll’ because it is illegal to serve a pint unless you are eating.