Babbity Bowster

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Babbity Bowster
16–18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow, G1 1PE
  • Telephone 0141 552 5055
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
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Located in an old tobacco merchant’s house on the periphery of the Merchant City, Babbity Bowster is a pleasantly secluded place for a drink and some good food, particularly in the beer garden if the sun is shining on this evocative street. Babbity could be in numerous European countries, thanks to an unfussy, original interior, that borders on the stark but is reassuringly worn-in. The French posters reflect a connection here that culminates in the Franco-Scots restaurant Schottische upstairs, while the bar offers Scottish food such as creamy Cullen skink, stovies, west coast seafood and haggis. An occasional tapas menu has a fun trio of mini burgers. If you tire of the bling nearby, Babbity is the antidote, especially when the folky musicians gather on a Saturday afternoon.

  • High point: A Glasgow classic
  • Low point: Tapas menu not always on
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Live music
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 25
  • Open since: 1985
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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