The Bell Jar

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The Bell Jar
21 Dixon Avenue, Glasgow, G42 8EB
  • Telephone 0141 423 3989
  • Bar open Sun–Tue noon–11pm; Wed–Sat noon–midnight.
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm.
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Second pub from the good folk at the Sparklehorse, serving up small plates of upscale bar food.

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This bar just off Vicky Road is from the folks who own the immensely popular Sparkle Horse in Partick and it pulls off the same marvellous alchemy of feeling like it’s not doing much while actually doing everything really rather well. There’s the same black exterior and spartan setup inside, with coolness coming from the punters themselves. The back of the space is kept for diners and the concise menu treads the ‘small plates’ path with confident, unfussy steps. Peat-smoked haddock with potatoes manages to be both hearty and delicate, while beef and ’nduja meatballs are satisfyingly misshapen and spicy. The goat’s cheese on the lamb lasagne might split the jury, but pretty much everything else is on point — prawn pilau that’s livened up with some sweet little brown shrimp, or pork belly in a sweet, boozy cider sauce. The whole operation is well thought-out, and it successfully feels like both a traditional boozer and a place you can have your dinner. It’s a very impressive affair.

The List's rating






David James Kirkwood visited The Bell Jar on 14 March 2019
  • High point: Effortlessly cool
  • Low point: Beer range is quite limited
  • Notable dish: Pork belly cooked in cider with salsa verde
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Downbeat electronic music, indie and new wave
  • Capacity: 36
  • Largest group: 36
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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