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Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, Sloans is one of the city's most stunning and impressive venues set over three decadent floors - and we’d love to welcome you in for a drink, bite to eat or a great night out at our famous Friday Ceilidh in the second floor Grand Ballroom.If you’re looking to host an event, Sloans is one of the city's most unique venues and with over 200 years of hosting weddings and celebrations we know how to throw a good party!Enjoy a drink or our BBQ in the outside courtyard (when it’s dry!) or a plate of delicious food in the ground floor bar and bistro or for added decadence walk up the stunning central staircase and enjoy a dram in the private Snug bar or
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£6 - £32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Have been here before many times and it’s always been fine, but the latest visit was not great. My two friends and I arrived into the bar at about 10:30. There was only one free table but it had a “reserved” sign on it. We...had a quick discussion about how it’s probably just been left from earlier in the evening and I started to sit down while one friend went to the toilet and the other one stayed at the bar to collect our drinks. No sooner had my bum hit the seat then one of the bar staff told me off saying the table was reserved so I stood up again. About 30 seconds later he said the people with the reservation had changed their mind so we could sit there. Felt like he had just made that up. I had ordered a gin and tonic, which on tasting it just tasted like water, the tonic neither had any flavour nor any sparkle. I approached the bar to be met with the same member of staff. I advised the drink just tasted like water. He asked me which colleague had served us, so I pointed them out. He then went over to them as if to discuss whether I indeed did order a gin and tonic as opposed to a glass of water or whatever I had been given. He then came back and said the draught tonic had ran out and he would replace it and bring a new drink over. The new drink was almost as tasteless. No idea how much it had cost as my friend had paid, but around a fiver for a tasteless and pointless drink and a horrible experience of being in a previously loved venue. Felt like I was being singled out by this guy. It was 10:30 and they are open till at least 12 or 1 am, not like they were trying to close up or something. Will not be going back in a hurry. I have always taken visitors here as an example of a Glasgow institution but won’t in the future as it doesn’t feel like a friendly place anymore.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

1st time at Sloans and won’t be the last. Great atmosphere attentive staff, excellent food and wine. Mac and Cheese to die for!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not having been in this place for some years, it was suggested that a group of friends should meet and eat here. The service was pretty slow and disorganised, despite it being reasonably quiet. Tables not cleared or cleaned. We finally got a table and...ordered food. One of the 4 meals was just Ok. The other 3 were pretty awful and despite a complaint being made about 2 of the meals, which were more or less untouched, only 1 was removed from the bill. I certainly asked for the service charge to be removed as the service we received was virtually non existent. We won’t go back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, good or bad we appreciate the feed back. I am terribly sorry to hear about your visit with us, I would like to look into this further, as I can assure you this does not sound like our usual service...More

Reviewed 22 January 2024 via mobile

We booked Sloans in December for one of their bingo nights which was fantastic, winning a prize on the evening too. The prize was a £50 Itison Voucher. I contacted Sloans as per the cards instructions to obtain the Itison voucher code to use it...on Itison to book an overnighter and emailed a picture of the card (prize) However Sloans advised that the voucher could only be used in Sloans or one of their sister restaurants. Not wanting to cause a fuss, as the prize stated £50 Itison voucher, I decided to book for a meal in Sloans on Sunday 21 January 2024. Food was fantastic, great portions and waiting staff kept drinks topped up. I then went to the bar to settle the bill and our server advised that he needed a manager to apply the voucher code to the bill which was fine. The manager arrived, and looked as if I'd interupted his break. He asked me for the voucher code, and I advised that I had no code, just a card saying I'd won a £50 voucher for Itison which I emailed to them. He then advised that he wouldnt apply the £50 voucher because I didnt have the voucher, and explained that I could be defrauding them by repeatedly using it. I explained that there was no code on the card and that they never gave me a voucher. This went on and I decided to just settle the bill as I was getting embarrased at the bar. The manager was rude and extremely unhelpful. Soured a great night. Sent an email last night with no resolve. Not sure how they couldnt have taken a note that the prize on 26/11/23 had been claimed to counteract any fraudulent claims, or what the script is with winning a £50 Itison voucher and only being allowed to use it in Sloans. Hope they sort it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

Cosy bar with pleasant service. Two Mac'n Cheese two wines £40. A bit pricey but fair enough. Then they had the cheek to add 10 "optional" service charge. I don't mind leaving a tip but I object to having it embarrassed out of me. Asked...why they did it "The till just does it" was the reply. Wrote and asked them why they did it got a bland PR answer. Clearly don't care about people. Will not be back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you for your review. We tell our guests when the bill is dropped that there is a service charge added but can be removed if requested. I can only apologise if this wasn't explained on this occasion, and will reiterate this to the team.

Reviewed 16 December 2023

I get it, it's Christmas and it's busy. I've worked in hospitality over the years and it's a challenging and busy time. Do you know what isn't challenging - basic manners and serving etiquette. Unfortunately, the decent staff who are good - suffer at the...hands of the grumpy, dismissive, and insular staff that let this place down. Here's the thing - when serving food or drink to a customer, you aren't doing them a favour - so tell your face that fact and acknowledge their custom and the transaction. And another wee tip - when you drop a dish onto customers half drunk pint, smashing it in your apparent rage to clear a table - maybe again, acknowledge the issue, and discuss a solution or at the very least, offer an apology for the outcome. Do not, huff and puff, turn your back and walk away. I'm half a pint down on this deal! I have never felt such tension while being served food in any pub/restaurant. Each course that was presented saw customers feeling nervous, asking this particular server questions or explanations of what was being put in front of them. Yes, it was a set meal, pre-selected and ordered - but take the time and listen to the customers and the issues will be resolved. Don't shout "I don't care, you need to take it" to a customer who suggested it wasn't her dish. The food was great, the portion size brilliant and the presentation of the plate was spot on. It's just a shame that it was thrown down with a frown.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you for your review. I'd like to look into this matter more to make sure this doesn't happen again. If you would like to get in touch to discuss this further, please email info@sloansglasgow.com. I can only apologise for this occasion. I have also...More

Reviewed 16 December 2023

Whilst in Glasgow we visited this lovely little pub. The mac and cheese was to die for. We went off the back of a recommendation from our friend!

Date of visit: December 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, and we hope to welcome you back in the not so distant future!

Reviewed 10 December 2023

Food was so salty and one dish failed to arrive until 10 minutes after everyone else was served. Service was amateurish to say the least. We will not be rushing back

Date of visit: December 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you for your review. I have passed on your comments to the kitchen to ensure this issue doesn't happen again. We hope you will return and allow us to redeem ourselves!

Reviewed 5 December 2023

Sloans has always been a magical bar but after our last visit we won't be rushing back. The staff on recent visits have been surly, unfriendly and tbh I only heard one speak and he was the only one who seemed to know what customer...service was. We were nodded at when we asked for a drink and grunted at when we paid. I think the right staff with the work ethic for working in a bar keep people returning and Sloans need to get back to the drawing board with some basic friendly social skills Not asking a lot, just that I'm not inconveniencing anyone when I ask for a drink.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2023

Sloans has been our go to when in Glasgow to meet friends. This was our first visit since covid. Booked a table for 4 on Sunday 3rd Dec. We arrived early so had drinks in the bar. A glass of wine cost just shy of...£10 and was not a quality wine. The Pinot in particular was very wishy washy and I didn’t order any more. £3.60 for a 250ml can of Diet Coke? Ooft! Unfortunately we were unaware there was a musical bingo night on so it was really noisy - not ideal when wanting to talk while having dinner. We were approached twice by the guy hosting the bingo to ask if we wanted to play and twice told no as we were about to order food. His enthusiasm became irritating when he suggested we play while eating. Yep, as you do. As it got near to our slot for our table, I spoke to the barman who acknowledged what I said but then didn’t do anything about it. After 10mins, I spoke to another staff member who said we could just sit in the bar and eat. I explained that I had pre-booked the table for the restaurant online and that we had a member of our group who is significantly deaf in both ears so the noise was too much for him to be able to participate in conversation. She said that some people had specifically booked the restaurant. But so had I. When she suggested we stay at our bar seats, It was clear that no table had been specifically booked for us. Fortunately a table became available as people left early and we relocated to the restaurant. UNFORTUNATELY, musical bingo was also being played there. Luckily only one table of people were daft enough to play while eating, so we didn’t have to listen to many people shouting out. THE FOOD: 2mac n cheese with pulled pork and their chosen toppings 1 steak pie 1 chicken burger The Mac n cheese went down a treat with the 2 who had it. Although it’s amazing how Sloans capitalise on their add ons. Before you know it, your £11.75 man n cheese is now around 16 quid. When is Mac n cheese ever worth that price. No matter how good they claim it to be (not as good as mine, I promise! 😉). The steak pie was also enjoyed by our friend. Now, I don’t know if it is because these 3 were served in hot pie dishes, or because my order was ready earlier, but the chicken burger was lukewarm and the chips were freezing. My friend tried my chips and hers were definitely hotter. The food would have been a hit if it was hot, but I had no time to request a change because we had my sons performance to get to. As it is, I ate a quarter of the burger. I offered my friend a taste and she commented that it was cold. However, my husband will eat pretty much anything so he enjoyed half of it! Still, not great in terms of customer service. We ordered a cocktail for me and a bottle of Sauvignon for the table (at £24, better value than by the glass) , both of which went down a treat. Still cheap tasting wine, but better than the Pinot. Our deaf friend initially, when seated, ordered a glass of Sauvignon and was brought a pint of shandy. Either it’s contagious, or the server couldn’t hear him properly for the ruckus of the musical bingo taking over the place. Either way, it was fine as my husband said he’d have it, but still, bingo in a restaurant…. Nah. Overall bill for 4 with main courses, wine, shandy and a cocktail was £103. Wouldn’t say it was unreasonable for a city centre bar/restaurant. It was the pre dinner drink prices that were a shocker. Would I return for the food? Probably. Would the extortionate price of the cheap wine put me off going back? Yep.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit, and the macaroni cheese was excellent. Drink prices were very high, and I am not a fan of paying by card for everything. Staff were helpful and friendly.

Date of visit: October 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you for your review, I have passed on your compliments to the kitchen and front of house team! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 15 October 2023

Got a glass of white wine and a single vodka and coke and came to £15 - so £10 for a glass of wine and £5 for a vodka - An absolute rip off and their ‘famous’ macaroni cheese is sub par - my granny’s...was much better - Avoid this place and go somewhere else in town - Everywhere else is much better value - Fi to ie why people would waste their money hereMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

Nice Bar. We had Haggis with peppercorn sauce which was very good but the sauce a definite no unless in a restaurant or fancy bar. Music too load for early afternoon. The pay by card policy was okay for us but if you were a...person who mostly pays by cash or a tourist not a very good idea. I have never seen anywhere else in the City Centre.I have been to this bar several times in the past but I feel it has lost something of its independent spirit.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 September 2023

I've always been a fan of Sloans over the years, have enjoyed wedding receptions, the Eat Film nights, musical bingo, wee lunches etc, but the pub is a big let down these days, sadly. Since the lockdown there has been a card payment only policy...which might suit some folk but certainly not all, especially older folk that still prefer to transact in cash. The last two times I've been in and bought drinks the bar staff have just put the card machine out for me to tap without even telling what the price is. To my shock the price of a pint of lager and vodka and Coke was not a spit off £15 as there's no option of draught original Coca Cola so the only option is to buy a 330ml can, come on now! Food wise I've tried the classic hot dog and chips, katsu curry and beef chili, none are particularly earth shattering for the price, the taste just being a bit on the meh side. I'm gutted to write this review as like I say have always been a fan of this Glasgow pub institution but won't be back sadly as there's so many tastier, better bang for your buck and comfortable places to experience in Glasgow city centre these days.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2023

Thank you for your review. I'm disappointed to hear you are let down. We moved to card only after covid and it was a decision that works best for our venue. Our prices match that of other venues in City Centre, and due to the...More

Reviewed 3 September 2023

Bought tickets online for the famous Friday night Ceilidh as we were staying overnight in Glasgow. Not being local, we were unsure of how the night would go but we were not disappointed. We did not use the bar downstairs so cannot comment on service,...but it seemed to be a great atmosphere when we were there and plenty of customers. Our ceilidh was upstairs and I heartily recommend anyone visiting Glasgow for the night to try it. Brilliant atmosphere and the music was great. People of all ages joining in and really good night out. The venue provided iced water on the bar which customers could use and was a good touch by management. Bar staff were excellent at promptly attending to any spillages and lifting glasses. Really enjoyed our evening and would def come back should we be visiting Glasgow again. Having read other reviews regarding staff attitude I can only say we were welcomed into the venue and found them all to be very accommodating.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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General Manager, General Manager at Sloans Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2023

Thank you for such a lovely review and I'm happy to hear you had such a nice night in our venue. Our Ceilidhs are very dear to us as it allows people from all over to experience traditional Scottish music and have a bit of...More

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