At first glance, this pub isn’t much to get excited about. A few (admittedly very interesting) casks from the likes of Fallen but not a lot of keg... But should your eyes stray to the fridge you’ll see an array of bottles and cans from Scottish, English, Continental and American stars. Kernel, Cloudwater, Moor and Airen are well represented from the Auld Enemy, and crucially not just the core range but really interesting stuff that I’ve not seen. This shades the excellent Doghouse a couple of streets away.
Visited on Friday 22nd Jan 2016. Walked from Argyll St station to this place. Located in a cool part of town, this is a large pub, plenty of tables and I was shocked at how easily I got one. Thought it would be heaving. Beers from Swannay were featuring on tap, decent little list of bottles too and tried some Mad Hatter boost.
Prices not too bad for the location, service was really good and friendly. Stayed for a few beers as I liked it. If you fancy the stroll to Drygate then this is on the way and a good stop for a rest.
The best real ale bar in Glasgow,5 changing beers always in great condition,staff are excellent,reasonable range of bottled beers,always has a Lambic,,only gripe could upgrade the belgian selection,bit old fashioned
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.
Nice pub in Merchant City. Somehow it felt much better during my first visit in 2013., when I got back in 2014. I was slightly disappointed, but probably my criteria got much higher in the meantime. It offers 6 casks which are regularly rotating. Also good selection of craft beers in bottles. Live music was very good. Can get quite busy in the evening. This one is worth visiting.
Fin (1065) 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.
Traditional pub in a heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. Six taps + some bottles in fridges. The selection is not really impressive. Mostly brtish bitters and ciders on taps. Atmosphere is very nice though.
Loudy and overcrowded classic Scottish pub with long, wooden bar. Beer sellection isn’t so impressive: a few real ales in cascs and also a few concerns in kegs - best choise was Tempest Porter. Kernel and Flying Dog available only in bottles. Possitive surprise was a board with beers waiting in a tap line.
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.