The Sparkle Horse

The Sparkle Horse
16 Dowanhill Street, Glasgow, G11 5QS
  • Telephone 0141 562 3175
  • Bar open Sun–Tue noon–11pm; Wed–Sat noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–4pm (all day Tue/Wed)
  • Average price £12.50 (Veg £9.75); £12.50 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.50 (Veg £9.75)
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Birra Moretti

A neighbourhood bar where people in bands go for drinks, great value food and lively conversation when they found they’ve accidentally grown up.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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To be with friends in the Sparkle Horse, among the chatter after work on a Friday, is to feel like you're exactly where you should be. With its dark embossed walls, red couches, and somehow endearingly dated toilets, this place has the kind of atmosphere that chains desperately try to manufacture, but fail. It manages to be kid and dog friendly – without the danger of either tripping you on the way back from the bar – and there’s a range of entertainment, from the ridiculously popular Monday quiz to the slightly chaotic baby disco. Good honest pub food or modern Scottish awaits if you climb the stairs to the restaurant area. Order the halloumi with a honey mustard dressing, or a portion of chips, and watch them vanish as your dining companions all steal one. The burgers are also a favourite, and taste better thanks to an unobtrusive soundtrack of indie and Americana.

  • High point: £5/£6 menu a bargain (certain days/times)
  • Low point: Brownie a little underwhelming
  • Notable dish: Pan fried fillet of sea bass served on a bed of Lyonnaise potatoes and red pepper pesto
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie, alt country, Americana
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: Dec 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle

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Glasgow Knit 'n Stitch

Welcome to the Glasgow Knit 'n Stitch Group. We sit, we knit, we crochet, we stitch, we spin, we chat, we laugh, we eat & drink in venues all over Glasgow. Why not check out our Pages link to find out more about us? Membership: FREE. Sponsored by "Old Maiden Aunt Yarns", Studio 99B, Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23…

Tue 21 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

Come and Knit in the West End

Tue 7 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

Come and Knit in the West End

Tue 21 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

Come and Knit in the West End

…and 5 more dates until 30 May

Round The World In 80 Books

Do you want to be part of a book group that is friendly, informal and accessible? Everyone is welcome at our new group. We are going to read translations of non-English books and hopefully immerse ourselves in a bit of foreign culture at the same time. Please contact us with any questions and feel free to pop in to our…

Thu 23 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175