239 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
  • Telephone 0141 221 0061
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon—10pm; Sun noon–10pm
  • Average price £8.95 (set lunch); £17.50 (evening meal)
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With dim lighting that makes everyone look good, this East Village-style speakeasy does good food and a bourbon range that’d make Bukowski proud.

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While other bars blazon their name across the building and try to entice you in with A-boards, Chinaski's relies on reputation alone. Those who venture past the nameless blue frontage are rewarded with a dimly lit, East Village style speakeasy with stylish artworks and a glass gantry stacked with bourbon. Chinaski's menu is a compact affair but choosing is a challenge. Small plates include crispy chicken thighs served with a satay sauce that packs a pleasingly surprising spice, and a generous oven baked camembert that's subtly sweetened with honey and rosemary. Pub classics have a place on the menu but there always a flourish of originality. A pizza topped with mushrooms, feta and harissa cauliflower sounds bizarre but it delicious. Framed Charles Bukowski poems in the toilets, an entirely separate vegan menu and a hidden beer garden all add to the case for not needing a sign to pull in the crowds.

  • High point: Every dish deserves its place on the menu
  • Low point: Outdoor seats go fast when the sun shines
  • Notable dish: Mushroom, harissa cauliflower and feta pizza
  • Average price: £8.95 (set lunch); £17.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: An eclectic mix of funk, house, rock and disco
  • Live entertainment: DJs Fri/ Sat from 9pm; Sun 5-10pm
  • Capacity: 60 (20 inc beer garden)
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2006
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle

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