Over the years I think it's fair to say I've had the odd drink or two in a fair old number of pubs, and this is a continuation of the occasional series of posts documenting all the pubs in which I've ever had a drink, where I'll try to list as many of them as I can remember together with the occasional "review" or story connected to them. By nature it's going to be a work in progress for a long time and I'd guess it isn't ever going to be complete, since there's no possible way I'll remember them all, but I'll try to list at least all the ones I regularly drank in or indeed still drink in with various choirs etc. Feel free to leave comments with any opinions, additions, corrections or extra detail. Important Caveat: Don't forget that sometimes it's been a LONG time and a lot of water's been passed since I've been in some of these places (some of which have had name/management changes, some of which are now closed down) so what I describe relates to how I remember they were back in the day. All opinions expressed are my own so please feel free to try even the ones I warn against and see if you agree with me.
Cafe Royale Circle Bar, 19 West Register St, Edinburgh
Carbeth Inn, Stockiemuir Road, Blanefield, Stirlingshire
The whole place has an olde worlde feel about it, and it has a good selection of real ales, beers, wines, liqueurs and single malts. At the front of the inn is a beer garden where you can sit and eye up the motorcycles parked there on most dry days, since this is a very popular venue for a break when out on a day's ride. The inn apparently has two restaurants, and the bar food is good.
Standing in the shadow of the Campsie Hills, though only twelve miles from the centre of Glasgow, this is a decent country pub and is well worth a visit or two, particularly on two (motorised) wheels.
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
Now called the Centre for Contemporary Arts (I think, unless it's changed again), this place a long time ago used to be called the Third Eye Centre. I can't actually remember which one it was called when Glasgow Chamber Choir used to have a glass of beer or two after rehearsing in St Aloysius church round the corner. How sad am I though - the main thing I remember is that they had the best ever alcohol-free beer. I seem to remember it was Furstenberg Frei, which comes in large bottles and actually tastes like beer!
The Chanter, 30-32 Bread St, Edinburgh
After attending a concert by the Edinburgh Singers, I tagged along (as the friend of a former member who was with me) with the choir to their after-concert party here. They always apparently have a good knees-up after every concert, and lay on food too, so I was looking forward to it.
The party was fine, but the pub was ordinary and pretty studenty. The food was very very very late in arriving, so much so that 3/4 of the choir members had buggered off elsewhere to eat by the time it arrived, and when it did arrive it consisted of huge plates of OK'ish chips, and large plates of boring sandwiches containing not very appetising fillings. Never mind, the company was good, as was the preceding concert!
Cleopatra's, Great Western Rd, Glasgow
|Clatty Pat's / Viper & Hubbards|
I haven't been in for years and it'll stay that way for the foreseeable future thank you very much.
Clutha Vaults, 167 Stockwell St, Glasgow
Clutha is the original (Gaelic) name for the river Clyde.
Coanes, 26 High Street, Johnstone
Colonel Linskill, 25 Charlotte St, North Shields.
They all blend into one after a while! I think this was a good one, warm and comfortable, with Timothy Taylor's Landlord beer.
Coopers, 499 Great Western Road, Glasgow
The pub then became for a long time Bar Oz, a very ordinary chain-pub with an Australian theme, and its current name presumably harks back to its original incarnation. Circle of Life and all that!
The Corinthian, 191 Ingram Street, Glasgow
Very expensive drink, fairly exclusive clientele (or at least it attracts the sort of pretentious poser who is happy to pay the outrageous prices), and exceptionally good architecture. It was refurbished in late 2010 and I haven't been in it since then.
Worth going in for a look at least once, if you can get past the bouncers.
Counting House, 67-71 Reform St, Dundee
|Counting House Dundee|
Counting House, 2 St Vincent Place, 24 George Square, Glasgow
|Counting House Glasgow|
This was for a while a regular venue for Glasgow Chamber Choir when they rehearsed in nearby Strathclyde University, and is, I believe, currently the venue for Glasgow Renaissance Singers (or Cathures as they are now bizarrely known) after their rehearsals in Strathclyde University. I was one of the original members of GRS, and indeed GCC.
The County, 70 High St, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
On the sadly all-too-rare occasions when I manage to get back to Newcastle and see old friends, this is where we tend to meet up.
Good selection of Real Ale.
Coylet Inn, Kilmun, Loch Eck (A815, 9 miles north of Dunoon)
If you travel from Arrochar towards Inveraray, after you pass Rest and be Thankful and go down the other side the next road on your left will be signposted for Dunoon. If you take this road you will eventually pass the Coylet. Or from the other direction head out of Dunoon (always a good idea, some may say!) past Holy Loch.
Cumberland Arms, Byker Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne
Curlers, 260 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8SH