Blackfriars | Glasgow,
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Good based on 45 ratings
Type: Bar

36 Bell St, Merchant City
Glasgow, Scotland G1 1LG [ print map ]
0141 552 5924

Hours: Normal pub hours

Mayor: witthatsbier (25) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: 40+


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Tiny Rebel Cereal Killer 90, Blue Monkey Right Turn Clyde 53, Fallen Platform C 95, Brouwerij Kees East India Porter 95, Mad Hatter Fatter Stout , The Kernel Dry Stout Mosaic 94, Swannay Dark Munro 72, Kelburn Dark Moor 63, Siren / Crooked Stave All Bretts Are Off 56, Bristol Beer Factory Independence 92, Brew By Numbers 05/06 India Pale Ale - Citra & Simcoe 94, The Kernel India Pale Ale Zeus 96, Tryst Sherpa Porter 83, Springhead Drop O The Black Stuff 62, The Kernel India Pale Ale El Dorado 95, Siren / Elusive Dinner For Three 82, Windswept Aurora 50, Salopian Labyrinth , Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen 58, Kelburn Spring Forward
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45 reviews for Blackfriars
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  76%
 Selection  72%
 Food  72%
 Value  66%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  84%
Rating Distribution

Beershine  (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 21, 2010
Unfortunately didn’t live up to expectations, as the selection was really boring when we were there and the interior doesn’t have much personality. However, the service was friendly and the coming soon/racked beer list had some good options. Must have been a spot of bad timing.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (801) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | July 1, 2015
We visited Blackfriars on Thursday 18th June 2015, we’d had a lovely mini pub crawl staring at Brewdog and then many in between, eventually moving over to the east of the centre taking in the excellent Drygate prior to ending up here. Blackfriars was very much a traditional pub compared to the Brewdog and Drygate who are the more modern new kids on the block. It is situated on a corner in a busy little area for food places and bars, quite a few larger chain offerings around here though. It was really bustling, the afterwork crowd had started to arrive and it was a good male and female mix with a slightly older demographic than the aforementioned bars. Beer choice was predominantly cask, handpump but a little more limited than I was expecting, we both settled for an Oakham Inferno which was in good nick. I never had a particularly good walk of the pub to see how many rooms, layout etc but it did seem quite a good size, what appeared like one large room we sat near the windows at the front, I seem to recall this was a raised area, a group of blokes all young pensioners sat on a neighbouring table all drinking beer and having a good catch up, it looked like they were regular drinking buddies. I quite liked this place, the staff were busy but friendly in fact you could say, much like the pub overall.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 26, 2007
I visited this place at the heart of the RBESG, so the atmosphere was of course very good and Tom had made sure that the casks included some goodies. My rating can only reflect this and may therefore be a bit more generous than the place deserves, but the fact remains that there was brewdog paradox, a 10% whisky barrel-aged imperial stout sold at 2.75 for a pint from the cask and that the staff went out of their way to ensure we have a good time. A mundane, popular hangout. The food was also amongst the best Scottish I’ve had after 4 days in Scotland.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham  (559) Halden, Norway | October 27, 2015
This pub I can advise you to look for. Absolutely a nice selection on tap. Did not check out the bottle selection. Quite crowded on a friday evening. Still quite fast and proper service. Traditional brown british interior. Nice and clean.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey  (517) Croydon, England | October 6, 2014
We visited Blackfriars on a Thursday early evening. Even though it was early the bouncers were out front and the place was pretty rammed. Had a fairly rough-around the edges feel about it. They has small, but interesting cask ale selection, This is supplemented with about 50 bottles from UK/Europe/US. Service was prompt and friendly. We just stayed for a quick one as it was too busy and a bit lively for my likely. Perhaps would be better during the day. Alright, but there are plenty better beer destinations in Glasgow IMO.
rlgk  (503) Göteborg, Sweden | September 6, 2007
Visited during RBESG 2007. Some nice beers on tap, but not a huge selection. Maybe a bit too crowded when I visited on a late Friday evening, but otherwise just nice. I will be back, Tom...
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
Rune  (502) Tromsø, Norway | May 4, 2012
Divided into three sections; a dining room and a cafe with a traditional pub in between. Five Scottish cask ales from breweries like Tryst and Kelburn, one brewdog on tap, and some interesting bottled beers in the fridge behind the counter, more than usual for a place like this. Has got a rough and rocky image. Central location. Polite service. Busy on a Friday afternoon, 13.04.2012.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs  (434) Toronto, Ontario | July 16, 2014
2014-06-27. Nice place, our first beer stop in Scotland! Friendly server, it has a pub meets cafe impression to it. Our food was good and seemed reasonably priced - Mac and cheese and a steak "pie" (aka. stew with puffed pastry on top). Some decent real ale options. Got fairly busy shortly after we arrived on a Friday afternoon. Would come back but the appeal will laregly vary according to the tap list, which rotates.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup  (354) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | April 6, 2008
Visisted four days in a row at my visit to Glasgow for RBESG. Some hard to get cask ales on, and a decent rotation, so it is worth coming back every-other day. Also a pretty good bottle selection. The service was friendly, though a bit slow on packed Thursday and Friday nights. Quite packed and noisy on Thurday and Friday night. Excellent food.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch  (347) Glasgow, Scotland | February 22, 2010| Updated March 1, 2011
Good location in trendy merchant city area of Glasgow. 5 well cared for real ales on tap, chosen either because they are brewed locally or are nationally rated. Interesting selection of American bottled beers. Can get quite busy after work on Fridays and at weekends. One not to miss for visitors to Glasgow.

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