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“Good beer and live music”
Review of Babbity Bowster

Babbity Bowster
Ranked #364 of 2,408 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$21
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: City Centre
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good beer and live music”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

This place gets packed especially at weekends and no wonder. The service is excellent they have good beers on tap. They do food and have a restaurant upstairs.
Often musicians will just arrive and provide an impromptu concert. Great atmosphere.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Macorrite
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great Food, In A Great Venue”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

The building has evidently been here since the eighteenth century and oozes tradition inside and out. When we entered the "Pub" on the way upstairs to the restaurant on a cold windy night we were treated by live fiddle music being enjoyed by the patrons in the bar. The upstairs restaurant is surprisingly a lot more sedate, but gives the emphasis to good food and service. After our climb up the stairs (no lift) we were promptly welcomed and seated at our table the menu is short which meant that the three of us having different dishes let us almost sample the entire menu between us and everything was tasty and properly cooked and obviously made freshly on the premises. One impressive point was that all the mains were served with vegetables at no extra charge, something that a lot of Glasgow's "fancy" eateries could learn from. My only slight quibble would be the wine list which for a dining room above a pub was lacking in choice and in general a bot expensive. One tip though would be to wear layers of clothing which are easily shed, as the restaurant and kitchen share a rather small space and even on a cold winters night in was very very warm! On the whole though a very nice and different restaurant to which I shall return.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank deryck
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“Wonderful bar. Terrific host”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

We love Babbitys,my husband for the selection of ales, the wine is good also. The food is always good. Reasonable and the staff are delightful pribably because the owner Fraser is so hands on. This is our favourite bar in Glasgow and we always take our visitors there.

Visited February 2014
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286 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Great place off main street in Merchant area.
Real fire, real ale and a great atmosphere.
Staff were welcoming and would have quite comfortably stayed later but weekday nights and all that .

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Peter B
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Timbuktu, Mali
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“a wee gem”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

loved this wee bar, we called in for a drink on our way to a concert during celtic connections. lovely atmosphere, friendly locals and we were also treated to a session!! I will definitely call in on my next trip to glasgow :)

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank ClownF
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