- Telephone 0141 332 4449
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
- Food served Wed–Sun midday–7pm
- Average price £10.50 (lunch); £10.50 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Variety Bar is a colourful affair with a unique atmosphere, where students, musos and ravers sit beside office workers and typically Glaswegian ‘old men’. There are always a few characters inside, as well as premium beers on tap and a strong selection of spirits. Having taken the leap into food service, it’s an appropriately left-field approach with a little Tex-Mex stall at the side of the bar operated by Smoak. It’s a simple set-up but, boy, is it good. Meat is smoked for more than ten hours, giving rich, deeply infused flavour to their pulled pork shoulder and Aberdeen Angus brisket. Tastes zing about the palate: bright coriander salsa, musky mesquite, sharp and crisp pickles before the full-on meatiness. The mini-brioche sliders allow you to try different meats on a small scale, while even the ‘Guadalupe Peak’ (everything, on a big bun) is filling without being stodgily overpowering. Overall, it’s a great addition to Sauchiehall Street’s munching options – hence the often heaving weekends.
- High point: Painstakingly smoked, flavoursome meat
- Low point: They tend to run out
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Anything goes, generally pretty cool. Heavier dance some evenings.
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 1984
- House wine: £11 per bottle
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