Crossing the Rubicon

Crossing the Rubicon
372 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9HT
  • Telephone 0141 337 3111
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 5pm–midnight; Thu/Fri noon–midnight; Sat/Sun 11am–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Wed 5–10pm; Thu/Fri noon–10pm; Sat/Sun 11am–10pm
  • Average price £14 (lunch); £14 (evening meal)
in association with
Birra Moretti

Slightly whimsical, somewhat hip(ster) venue that is related to Glasgow's Drygate for craft beer and Edinburgh's V Deep for Indian small plates.

This new Drygate pub shares the ‘craft beer and curry’ template of its Edinburgh relative V Deep. It’s informal and playful – small portions of thick-sauced homestyle curries using good cuts of pork, venison and beef, while pakoras (chicken, haggis, fish) work nicely with even the hoppier beers. The curry of the day can be had in a scotch pie casing with masala baked beans. Maybe not fusion, but definitely fun – and a big taste, too. Beer-wise, the strength of Drygate’s hand is clear: 16 taps with a British – and especially Scottish – emphasis (Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer, Galashiels’ Tempest, Leith’s Pilot) as well as all of Drygate’s core range, including their apple ale, their gluten-free lager, and of course ‘Crossing The Rubicon’, a 6.9% West Coast-style IPA. It’s not as good as California’s best – but it’s also £4.90 a pint. In the West End of Glasgow, that’s pretty decent.

  • High point: (Pretty decent) curry and (very good) beer
  • Low point: Staff lack confidence with the menu
  • Notable dish: Curry pie with masala beans
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: The staff's iPods. Reliably quirky and hip.
  • Capacity: 70
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • BYOB: