Visited on Friday 19th Feb 2016. Large old-fashioned pub just the other side from Charing Cross over the busy motorway (there is a bridge, it’s not Frogger!). Lots of room to relax in, decent range of beer, food looked good and was well priced. Focus on good real ale and whisky.
Liked the place.
A nice traditional pub isolated from the city centre by the M8 motorway. It’s on two levels and there’s lots of dark wood but the front area feels quite light and airy. We sat under a large black and white photograph of Billy Bremner and another (unidentified) footballer, by a vertical fishtank at the end of the bar. I enjoyed watching the fish (very relaxing - that’s why they often have them in dentists’ waiting rooms apparently) but I did wonder if the tank was suitable for the large catfish. There were ten hand pumps with a good selection of beer - it was a great start to our day out in Glasgow.
(Visited 1 February 2017).
Fin (1171) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 20, 2017
We (me, Loz, Nick and Anna) visited Bon Accord on Saturday 20th May 2017. We’d just been to Grunting Growler and Brewdog and had walked around Kelvingrove Museum. It had been a sunny day but with some heavy showers and we were really after something to eat but noting this places reputation and also for the fact that it was across the road from our hotel (albeit that road was the M8 Mway) we felt we should visit. The Bon Accord is easy to find, it’s on the western side of the city and because of the Mway, I should imagine it’s technically just out of the centre. For orientation purposes it’s just across the road from the our aforementioned hotel, the high rise Premier Inn which in turn sits above Charing Cross station.
It was really quite busy on our visit there were a number of people at the bar and spare seats were at a premium. However we got served quite swiftly and between us perched on one or two spare stools looking at a fab’ memorable signed photo of Archie Gemmil scoring one of the best ever World Cup goals back in the 78 World Cup, I was a Forest fan growing up and was a fan of Archie Gemmil and remember that goal. Back to the pub, because it was so busy we couldn’t really explore but as you enter there is some seating at the front of the pub, the bar is on the left with a large vertical fish tank at this end. I understand that that there is a garden but hadn’t realised that at the time. It appears to be a long rectangular shaped bar, I haven’t a clue if it is one room or multi room. The beers appeared to be mostly cask, I think that we settled for Castle Rock offerings. It is a nice place, I just wish our visit would have been at a less busy time.
Come for the beer, stay for the whisky. Actually, no. Come for the whisky, stay for the whisky, and forget about the beer. Their beer selection is unexciting. Focus on the shelves behind the bar. This is a world class whisky bar with an incredible selection of affordable and elite expressions of Scotland’s finest drink. And they just happen to have a few real ales. They also have a showpiece/not-for-sale Brewdog End of History that you can pet. The staff was very friendly, we sat at the bar. Bartender Scott was particularly forthcoming, helping us choose which whisky we wanted, making suggestions and letting us nose several before buying. Had a great time here, and thanks for Tom for encouraging us to visit.
A genuine cask ale pub with 10 active pumps of regular and rotating ales, added by a selection of interesting bottled beers and an impressive range of whiskies. The offering of guest ales is displayed on a blackboard behind the bar. I had a few half pints in a very relaxing atmosphere sitting at the Scapa table. Football (Scottish) related decoration. I also noted the spacious and clean toilet room, rather quite unusual for British pubs. Friendly service. Located between the university and city centre (visited 11.04.2012).
Bon Accord is located just west of Glasgow centre right on the M8. It is very much a traditional boozer that specializes in real ale and malt whisky; both of which they have a wide selection of. They offer up to 10 cask ales mosty from Scottish breweries. I wouldn’t say any of these particularly excited me - mostly bitters & golden ales, but there is some obscure stuff there. They also have some German bottles in the fridges. Service was rather good and we enjoyed out visit. A decent venue all in all.
jjsint (656) Leicester, England | January 29, 2017| Updated March 19, 2017
Off the beaten track traditional pub. The Bon Accord seems to be one of those Scottish pubs that garners attention for the whisky selection, and everything else is secondary. Well, that’s fine, but for this rating (as is standard) I’m concentrating on the beer. Ten casks concentrating on Scottish session almost craft-ish brewers are complemented by a decent but not eye-popping bottle selection. Keg is confined to macro so the boat here is very much not pushed out. So it’s a good place to go to decamp and think about one’s next move rather than a place to immerse oneself in all the beery goodness that Glasgow has to offer. Still, it’s friendly, full of heart, and comfortable. I’d recommend giving it a go if your itinerary permits.
2014-06-28. Nice pub, with a relatively traditional pub feel. Front of the bar feels cramped tonight with a stag up front - we had to wade through a field of friendly drunks by the door - but the back is spacious and we relocated to some comfy armchairs. 10 casks on. Selection is pretty decent but nothing super impressive. Offerings from Oakham, Marstons, Ilkley, Kelburn, Skye and more. Live music in the back starts after we sit which is not bad but felt unnecessary. Bartender got me a bandaid after I mysteriously cut my finger. I still have no idea how, possibly the bar stool? Possibly my favorite Glasgow pub in terms of decor but I think I might prefer it during the day with a smaller crowd. Would come back. Cask selection is good enough to find at least one or two ticks for most people, and at least one to have a nice pint of!