The Hampden can be found on the corner of Albert Road and Langside Road in the Govanhill area of Glasgow’s Southside. It is just off Victoria Road and between two train stations, Queens Park and Crosshill.
According to the pub’s Facebook page, The Hampden has been open since the mid-50s and shares a name with the Scotland national football team’s home ground, Hampden Park. The Hampden bar lies very close to the original location of Hampden Park located within Cathkin Park just off Cathcart Road. The first Hampden Park opened in 1873 and hosted the inaugural Scottish Cup Final as well as a few Scotland matches until the ground shut due to the opening of Cathcart branch of the Caledonian Railway.
I enjoy coming in here for a wee mid-day Saturday pint while watching the football scores coming in and for a game of pool or darts.
The Hampden bar is old-fashioned but full of charm. It provides daily complimentary soup and rolls for its patrons and has plenty of spirits and beer to choose from. Around The Hampden you’ll find plenty of piles of CDs which are still used to play music in the bar. The bar also has its own dominos team who compete in the Govanhill & District Domino League.
The Hampden can be easily accessed by getting off the train at both Crosshill and Queens Park train stations and there also plenty of buses which head along Victoria road.