I am a big fan of casual pub style lunches at the weekend, where you can just wander in wearing jeans and trainers and messy hair and no one cares. These are the places where a group of you can hangout for hours chatting over some delicious food and a glass of wine….okay, okay, a bottle of wine and you are never rushed along, in fact they try to tempt you to stay with another drink.
My top pick for a casual weekend lunch has to be The Drake. The feel in the bar is old school pub meets west end hipster hangout with a vibe of everyone being welcome which I think is great. I would describe their menu as seriously tempting gastro pub grub with a fresh seasonal feel. They also have daily specials which are usually incredibly tempting.
At the weekend I always like to eat burgers so my next choice has to be the wonderful Lebowskis in Finnieston. The first time I walking into Lebowskis on Argyle Street I nearly passed out with glee – its like stepping into a bar in Brooklyn with a menu to match.This bar is über casual, relaxed and generally a cool place to hangout and have a White Russian. The menu is very burger based which usually suits me fine as their burgers are one of my favourite in the city.
For a relaxed pub vibe there is no where better in Glasgow than Curlers Rest on Byres Road. This cool beer heavy bar is a bit of a mixture of tourists, trendy westenders and locals which makes for a great friendly feel. It is very carefully designed to feel like a casual pub rather than a cocktail bar….infact they don’t even do cocktails. If you ask for a Malibu or peach schnapps I am pretty sure they would ask you to leave in disgust. The food here is brilliant and comforting on a cold rainy Saturday afternoon in Glasgow.
Firebird on Dumbarton Road is quite a new revelation to me but I could quite happily sit in this lovely little community bar all afternoon. There are great big windows along two sides of the bar so it is flooded with natural light and allows you to watch the world go by. This is a great hangout spot to chomp down some amazing freshly made pizza from their wood burning oven and gossiping over a nice chilled bottle of Rose with friends.
The Left Bank on Gibson Street is my last pick for a lovely lunch. Every thing about this restaurant screams ‘this is when the cool kids hang out’ but not to the exclusion of families, west end loves and ladies meeting for lunch…this place feels like a really hub of our little community and it’s somewhere I really enjoy eating and spending time. I have eaten here during the day and at night and I think it always has a better vibe during the day. The menu has a great selection of dishes which offer you something a little different and well worth checking out.