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Oldest Pubs in Glasgow

Glaswegians like their alcohol, who knew? It’s true… us Scots like our drink. So, you’ll not be short for choice when looking for a pub in Glasgow.

Interestingly enough, the debate about which pub in Glasgow is actually the oldest is a hot topic. Here are some of our favourite older pubs in Glasgow and some fun facts about them…

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Sloans, 108 Argyle Street

Sloans was first establishes in 1797 as a coffee house and was turned into a bar and lounge in the 20th century.

As it says on Sloans’ website, “Our cobbled courtyard was also the scene of many famous cock-fighting contests, the sport of the day and twice a week, a stagecoach would leave the Court bound for Edinburgh. The journey lasted five hours and, for a fare of 9s, each passenger was allowed to take one canvas travelling bag.”

Having quite recently been done up, Sloans is a great place for a drink at any time of the year. In the summer, enjoy a tipple outside and in winter enjoy their cosy interior.



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Old College Bar

This bar, found on High Street, the old main street of Glasgow is a great local haunt. With the plaque claiming it as the oldest bar in Glasgow, you can be sure there’s tons of history in this little pub.

The name of the bar is a hint that the University of Glasgow used to be situated in the area, with the University of Strathclyde now being situated close to it instead.



a group of people walking down a street in front of Karl Marx House


The Curler’s Rest

Taking ourselves to the West End of the city, you’ll find this quaint little pub on the main thoroughfare of the West End, Byres Road. The last remaining farmhouse on Byres Road, The Curler’s Rest is a popular pub for locals and students alike.

If you’re coming from the centre of the city to visit this, just hop on the Subway, get off at Hillhead station and take a right. You’ll see the pub right as you leave the Subway station.

Enjoy exploring the pubs of Glasgow. If you fancy a pub tour, we can sort that out for you! Click here to learn more!
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