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
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website thesparklehorse.com
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A neighbourhood bar where people in bands go for drinks, great value food and lively conversation when they found they’ve accidentally grown up.

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Although only 5 years old, the Sparklehorse is a much-loved institution in the West End. That’s partly because it’s the ideal location for the students, musos and general bohemians who dwell in this most populous part of town, and partly because it’s a laid-back affair with an old-fashioned charm – and one of the best playlists you’ll hear. The food is decent too, from gigantic portions of bar food staples like deep-fried mozzarella sticks, to dishes less stodgy such as the kitchen’s homemade hummus. Everything has a homemade ruggedness – puy lentil and sweet potato shepherd’s pie that overflows from its dish, or the deep, savoury jus of the coq au vin, with its brisk wine finish. Burgers, mac ’n' cheese and the steak bavette are the most popular trio. Children and dogs are warmly embraced, as are eclecticism and geniality. These are the sorts of things at which the Sparklehorse excels.

  • High point: As laid back as they come
  • Low point: Beer selection is a bit behind the times
  • Notable dish: Puy lentil shepherd's pie
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: So much more than just Sparklehorse and Bis - but it's all stuff the musos will appreciate!
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 4 events at this location

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Big Science Pub Quiz

The Big Science Pub Quiz is back with a fresh batch of brain busters, experiments and trivia to test your grey matter. Don't worry if science isn't your strong point - there are plenty of chances for inspired guesswork!

Sun 11 Jun

Free / 0141 562 3175

18+ Part of Glasgow Science Festival.

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 30 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

Come and Knit in the West End

  • 18:00

Tue 13 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

Come and Knit in the West End

  • 18:00

Tue 27 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

Come and Knit in the West End

  • 18:00
…and 5 more dates until 5 Sep

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 29 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 562 3175

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Yakety Yak Language Café

For French, Spanish, Italian and German learners and speakers! Improve your foreign language conversation in a local café, in a small group with an experienced tutor! We meet: - in the relaxed atmosphere of local cafes and bistros - in small groups of similar level of fluency - with a tutor who is a native speaker for…

Mon 29 May

£9 / 0141 562 3175

Let's meet up and yak in French (all levels welcome)

  • 18:00

Mon 5 Jun

£9 / 0141 562 3175

Let's meet up and yak in French (all levels welcome)

  • 18:00

Mon 12 Jun

£9 / 0141 562 3175

Let's meet up and yak in French (all levels welcome)

  • 18:00
…and 5 more dates until 17 Jul