What to see, eat and drink in Glasgow in 12 hours
My arch-enemy and former workmate Alex Shebar came to Glasgow for the day back in August (with his lovely fiancee Shamaine), so I planned a day of fun to show them around the city. Alex had been to Glasgow once before and hated it which of course, destroyed my soul. I had 12 hours to change his mind.
I originally planned this as a bit of a choose-your-own adventure so they could pick between two choices at every stop along the way, but I'll just tell you about what we actually did and then I'll make the choose-your-own adventure day a whole separate post.
Alex isn't really my arch-enemy – we worked together for 3.5 years and he's one of the most creative, balmy and passionate people I know. He was one of the people who interviewed me for the job over lobster rolls at Burger and Lobster and even though we worked in different cities the whole time, he's the kind of guy who always made time to help me out when I needed it. That being said, he did start a parody twitter account of me so let's just conclude by calling him a mixed bag.
We met at Glasgow Queen Street Station and after a bit of a mix up with left-luggage, headed to Finnieston for lunch at The Gannet. I seem to take every to visitor to Glasgow here as it's one of my favourites and I particularly love the small plates menu. On a Sunday, they had 3 courses with a glass of Champagne for £30. Alex and Shamaine recently got engaged so of course we went for this menu. The food at The Gannet is really exceptional – I've been a lot of times now and the food is consistently amazing. The Scotch beef diamond fillet is one of my favourite dishes in Glasgow and I can never resist the salted caramel fondant for dessert.
Suitably stuffed after a delicious lunch, we took a walk through Kelvingrove Park and into Kelvingrove Museum. I think most people will find something they love so it's worth a stop even if you don't have long. Alex totally loved the floating heads in the foyer – they're one of my favourites too, I love taking the time to appreciate each expression.
We then headed up to the flagpole at Glasgow University. You can get great views over Glasgow from here so it's a great place for a quick overview if your visitors aren't in town for long. It's also worth wandering through the Cloisters which will make you feel like you're in a movie.
We popped by Ubiquitous Chip for a seat and a drink, then took a shoogle back into Glasgow City Centre (keeping in mind the last subway train on a Sunday is around 6pm!). We grabbed the left luggage and swung by Tabac for a pre-dinner drink. Tabac is a super cool, somewhat hidden bar which is well worth a visit – it's chic, classy and a really great spot for a drink. If you're looking for a snack, the chicken salt fries are a must (although everything on the menu is delicious). It's the perfect date spot as well, if you're looking for somewhere new to try.
We walked past some of Glasgow's amazing street art on Mitchell Lane and Mitchell Street to dinner at Alston Bar & Beef. Another favourite of mine and perfect if your visitors are heading off on the train from Glasgow Central Station. Gin and steak are two of my favourite things and this restaurant totally nails both of those things. I love the location – hidden away under the station and the staff are consistently amazing. We were still stuffed from lunch so had starters to share and of course I had steak for my main.
Yep, a lot of our day revolved around eating and drinking – but that's the kind of people we are. Glasgow is such a wonderful city to visit and of course, there's SO much to do that it's hard to squeeze everything in. Alex is going to write about the day on his blog so I'll add a link here once that goes up.
Where do you like to take visitors to Glasgow?