Variety Bar

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Variety Bar
401 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LG
  • Telephone 0141 332 4449
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
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Variety Bar

A classic Sauchiehall Street drinking den serious about music, which wears the marks of its long life like badges of honour.

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Among the ever-changing liveries lining Sauchiehall Street, there are a couple of institutions that have continued to draw in crowds whatever trends are flashing through nearby venues – Variety is one of them. Independently owned by former members of AC Acoustics, the bar retains an unashamedly 1990s feel, and is all the better for it. It's dark, broody, well-worn, packed to the rafters any time there's a gig at the nearby ABC, and the music is always first-rate. Draught beer mixes standard and local craft brews while there's been attempts recently to bulk up the bottle offer and a malt of the month is a snip at £2.80. By recognising what it does best and embracing everything that has been thrown at it over the last 20 years, Variety is settling into middle age with more self-respect than the ever-reforming Britpop bands.

  • High point: Soaking up the weekend atmosphere
  • Low point: Having to leave if you're hungry
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: alternative / rock / folk / americana
  • Live entertainment: DJ's Fri/Sat
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £12/14 per bottle

Reviews & features

Bar Crawls: Glasgow - The Sauchiehall Street Saunter

18 Nov 2011

Making the most of Glasgow city centre drinking

Both ‘pub crawl’ and ‘Sauchiehall Street’ can evoke images of large groups of revellers staggering from one ropey watering hole to the next, the night hurtling towards a climax of kebab sauce and lost cloakroom tickets. Well this route aims to redress…

Area guide to the Glasgow Film Festival

17 Feb 2011

Kirstin Innes helps you bring the movies to life with our GFF-themed area guide

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