Wednesday, 6 January 2010
WHERE IN THE WORLD WEDNESDAY: WHERE ELSE WOULD I RATHER BE???
So . . . it's time for the fabulous "Where in the World" Wednesday, the brainchild of the lovely Classy in Philadelphia.
The idea of WITWW is to post a picture of you in someplace in the world...it doesn't have to be somewhere foreign or tropical. Just a picture of you somewhere that you consider traveling.
So today, I'm going to do just that. But I'm going to cheat a little and put a bit of a spin on things. It's not that I'm a rule-breaker, you understand. I just like to put my very own "Paula-stamp" on things sometimes.
So where am I today?
Ooooh, I'm in Glasgow! (Next to George Square, to be precise!)
This picture was taken by my ex on Christmas Eve 2007 (as you can see, unlike this year, 2007 did NOT feature a white Christmas - thank God for that!) - I'd had a very nice night out and as I spoke to my mum about the next day's plans, he snapped this picture of me on his phones. So the photo gives me very fond memories.
"But wait . . . " I hear you say. "Don't you LIVE in Glasgow?"
Well, yes, I do . . . but since I LOVE Glasgow, I thought why not make my contribution to WITW Wednesday this week about me in Glasgow and my love of the city?
(If this is cheating, I'm sorry!)
Now I was going to use this opportunity to do a sort of mini-guide to Glasgow, should you ever decide to pop over here. However . . . I'm not much use as a tour guide. Glasgow was once the city of culture, but it's been a while since I've been to any museums or galleries. It was also voted one of the best cities for shopping in the UK. And while I DO love my shopping, I haven't done much in a while. HOWEVER . . . one thing I DO have a bit of knowledge about are the drinking establishments in Glasgow. (Surprised?)
So, in case you ever decide to come visit, here is your handy print-out-and-keep guide to some watering holes in Glasgow you should give a whirl . . .
GLASGOW CITY CENTRE:
If you want to have a bit of a pub-crawl, then Bath Street in the city centre is probably your best bet. Some consider the bars along here for posers but I love them (mind you, I AM a poser). The majority of them are basement level bars so you might need to keep a sharp lookout if you have a specific one in mind (and watch the stairs on the way down!) but they are mainly fairly well sign-posted. My particular favourites are Bunker, where I had my 30th birthday, and Moskito, where I had my first date with F (and also where another ex told me he loved me for the first time). There's sure to be a bar to appeal to you in this street anyway!
Another poser's paradise is the Merchant City area of town - my favourite pub over that end is Metropolitan, a lovely bar which does a great range in cocktails. Not cheap, but worth having a couple of drinks there all the same!
The Social in Royal Exchange Square is also a nice place to go and the cocktails in there are damn cheap . . . and tasty. The staff can be a tad wankerish at times though; but it's the luck of the draw. I like it in there anyway as it's convenient for everywhere including one last drink before you pop for the last train/bus/subway homewards.
And if you fancy going to a place where you can act like a total eejit, dance like an idiot and no one will care, try Reflex, an eighties bar on Renfield Street (upstairs in Lakota). I absolutely ADORE going there, if only to dance away to as much Wham, Rick Astley and Billy Ocean as you like. Only problem is it closes at midnight - but then I rarely last longer than that when drunk anyway!
As a West End girl myself, I generally prefer to hang out in this area - cuts out the taxi home. There's the Lansdowne, a lovely basement bar near Kelvinbridge subway station. (It also does fab food, and there's a pub quiz on a Monday that we came runners-up in once.) Then there's the bars in Ashton Lane - my personal favourite is Vodka Wodka, where you once again can get some fab cocktails - including the Vanilla Skyy (which tastes a bit like lemon meringue pie) and the Chocolate Dream . . . which is essentially an alcoholic chocolate milkshake. (Can you tell I'm a cocktail girl?) Then there's Oran Mor, a pub/restaurant/club/venue set in a beautiful old church. (This is ESPECIALLY handy for me!)
In terms of clubs, you have the aforementioned Oran Mor and also Viper. I went to Viper once and absolutely loved it. It's pretty small but has a great atmosphere and good music.
I'm not really au fait with the south side of Glasgow unfortunately, which is the other trendy area. When I go we tend to end up in a pub called The Corona (which looks like an old man's pub but tends to also be full of a lot of younger folk) followed by The Shed. Most nights spent at The Shed are good ones in my experience, plus I once pulled a hot irish guy there, so I would definitely recommend a night out there!
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST . . .
For the ULTIMATE in variety, you COULD try the infamous subcrawl. Glasgow subway is basically a big circle around the city centre, west end and part of the south side - there's fifteen stops in total. So you basically buy an all day ticket, stop at every stop and pop into the nearest bar for a swift one. I've never done this myself - I don't think I could sink fifteen glasses of wine and still be ALIVE - but a lot of my friends have done it and lived to tell the tale - although they've been bloody hungover afterwards.
One day I hope to try it myself - although I WILL have to cheat!
Apart from the inevitable hangover, the only downside is a couple of the stops are in fairly dodgy areas and you may find the pub you go to is a bit . . . well, rough.
And so concludes our whistle-stop tour of where to get completely pissed in Glasgow! I hope you will bear it in mind should you ever stop by, and if you do, I hope you'll get in touch and invite me out with you!!!