My heritage is Scottish so I should have felt at home in Glasgow, but I have to be honest, it wasn’t the most welcoming city in the entire world. With a bit of a language barrier, we made it through though. The Scottish have such a thick accent. I didn’t say much while I was there except for “what”, “I’m sorry” and “excuse me.” I guess that makes me sound like a silly American. The people of Glasgow were nice, the city itself is just a little blah. Not much energy, nor were there many things to see or do. A few places to mention though.
First off, Lucky 7. Go ahead and write that down. It’s a restaurant on Bathe St. just off the main shopping drag of downtown Glasgow. Everything on the menu for dinner is just £7, and you get a lot for that. They have everything from fish and chips to burgers and all in between. They even have a few vegetarian and vegan choices. Everything my friends and I ate was delicious. And by the way, at lunch it’s only £4. Yum and cheap. What more could you ask for?
After lunch, stop by Flat 0/1 right next door for a tea or cocktail. Run by an American girl married to a Scot, the place is a kind of mix between bar and vintage shop. With hanging claw foot porcelain bath tubs as chairs, it’s really cute. And she makes good conversation. A nice ambiance to relax and read a book.
The Glasgow Botanical Gardens were a nice diversion from the city. Although it wasn’t at the height of the season for plant viewing, they have a green house which was quite interesting. Complete with a “Killer Plants” section including Venus Fly Traps. Good times for all.
As far as going out, there is one gay club that kind of houses everything. It’s huge and beautiful. The Polo Lounge was a bank that was renovated using most of the same Art Deco style to make it feel rich and historical. They got it right. The main entrance and main bar have that exact feel. Continue through out the venue and every doorway leads you into another mood and another bar. There’s modern chic with a single flame gas fire place and small plush sitting stools. The rustic tavern bar makes you feel at home. And you can dance the night away in the Euro-centric dance floor in the basement. It’s interesting, it’s like bar hopping with out ever walking outside.
All in all, Glasgow is alright. It didn’t really sing to me, but a nice place to spend maybe a couple of days. I recommend more, the countryside out of the city. I think the natural surroundings have more to offer than the city.
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