- Telephone 0141 222 2884
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon-9.45pm; Sun noon–8.45pm.
- Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.thefinniestonbar.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
No other bar in Glasgow serves oysters. What’s more, The Finnieston does them properly: on-ice, in a big ceramic half-shell, with Tabasco and pickled shallots. Presentation is more than half the battle here. There’s ‘classily nautical’ décor: aged wood, lanterns, black and white portraits of modern day ancient mariners. Hip, but not painfully so. A ‘gastro-fish-pub’, if you will. The fish of the day is cooked to your preference (grilled, fried, poached), and a supper is available in different catches, with different coatings – the density of hake works really well with superior crispness of Japanese panko breadcrumbs. Pickles in a jar and chips in a mini-fryer are further sassy details. More refined options are equally well-rendered: a starter of fishcakes sees a perfectly poached duck egg wobbling atop a steep tower of haddock, ready to burst and dribble down over the buttery crust. Or a main of coley – salty bacon and another unapologetic lashing of butter taking the neutral flavour of the fish and giving it a hearty kick. There are carnivorous options like venison stew, and the gourmet gin and tonics are most impressive.
- High point: A stylish bar with a top-drawer fish menu
- Low point: Can be a bit stuffy if you're just wanting a drink
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: soul/pop/jazz - chilled-out during day, increasingly upbeat as night goes one
- Capacity: 68
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: Sep 2011
- House wine: £18 per bottle
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