The Ben Nevis

The Ben Nevis
1147 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TB
  • Telephone 0141 576 5204
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–5pm.
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.

In almost wilful defiance of the current gastro regeneration of ‘the strip’, this long-standing Finnieston temple to whisky boasts arguably the shortest food menu in the city (pie and beans or bridie and beans). But it’s the single malt that draws the throngs of knowledgeable tourists, locals and students who keep it constantly standing-room-only in this small, street-corner bar. Staff are eager to recommend a dram from the vast selection, arranged library book-style on the precariously high shelves. You can drop big money on some of the rarer nips here; the well-chosen malt of the month (if you’re in luck, it might be the Laphroaig Select) is often the best introduction and is always a bargain at £2.75. A surprisingly broad range of rums and unusual beers like Union’s unfiltered lager Beast Of The Deep mean if you can get that coveted seat by the fire, you may never leave.

  • High point: Enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff
  • Low point: Constantly busy – be prepared to stand
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Sun, Wed, Thu 9pm–midnight live scottish sessions, traditional folk music
  • Capacity: 60
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £12.95 per bottle

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6. sanjay singh bhogal28 Aug 2012, 11:01pm5 stars The Ben Nevis Report

if you tell them sanjay from costcutter sent you then u get a free whiskey just try it .

5. San Fran6 Feb 2012, 10:03am Report

Apparently free speech is not allowed when reporting the facts of a none-too-welcoming reception by a member of the bar-staff at the Ben Nevis.

The comments that were removed were accurate and i am dissapointed in The List for removing them. But clearly the fact that they have "a number of fiddlers all playing in unison with a sqeeze box player or the occasional piper" outweighs the rude service served up by the staff.

4. scotsgal5 Apr 2011, 11:04pm5 stars The Ben Nevis Report

the ben nevis is the friendliest pub in glasgow bar none!

crackin' whisky, chatty staff, and wild traditional music nights - just don't tell everyone!

3. Scotbeer3 Mar 2011, 2:35pm Report

Its rather a pity that unmoderated reviews like the two previous appear here. The Ben Nevis is a unique and contemporary Scottish bar where you can enjoy a great whisky from the hundreds on display behind the bar.
Mid week and on Sunday there can easily be found a number of fiddlers all playing in unison with a sqeeze box player or the occasional piper. Yes I was there that night and it was really fun. Our friends from Sweden thought the place great as well.
Go to the Ben Nevis and make your own mind up. They also have some good real ale and some german beer from The West Brewery in Glasgow.
10 out of 10 in my book.

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Average rating 5/5 from 2 reviews of The Ben Nevis.

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