I’m a regular at Bank Street, it being one of the few pubs in the West End open until 1am. When you want that final quiet pint after the other bars close at midnight, it’s a prime location. At least on weekdays it has atmosphere but isn’t too busy and it never plays overly ear-shattering music or overwhelms you with the television, so you can chat to your friends, the point of pubs, as far as I am concerned (though others will have different ideas). With two floors, upstairs above the bar and downstairs, you can usually find a place to sit.
Like many of its neighbouring establishments it has that postmodern sparse decor, that mix of old and new, with the exposed bricks on one wall, the colourful mural representing the West End on another wall, and the metalwork on the chairs and the railings. The place has the feeling of lightness and space which means it never feels too crowded or claustrophobic.
The beer choices are pretty good too. On tap they have a wide range of beers, both local ones like St. Mungo’s and Joker IPA, Tennents, and from further afield, Blue Moon, Staropramen, and guest European lagers. For the cider lover they sell craft ciders from the Sharp Brewery. It prides itself on its cocktails so you can order just about any that you want (including an expresso martini), and it carries the standard selection of Scottish whiskies and local gins. For a West End pub, their prices are reasonable. Every pint is less than £4. More than the Beer Bar further along Bank Street but less than Stravaigin on the other side of Gibson Street. They don’t have cask ales on draught but you can’t have everything.
Bank Street is more than just a drinking venue. It caters to everyone, from those who want a cocktail and a snack to those who want a pub lunch or affordable dinner. They have a food menu, mainly burgers, pizza, and curries. And they offer some great deals like £5 for a pint and a veggie pakora, or £8 for a pizza and a glass of prosecco if you show up on a Thursday. I have not tried their pizza but a pakora at half-twelve at night is pretty satisfying.
Throughout the year they hold events like pub quizzes (often with themes from TV shows or movies) and a Burns Night meal, and they encourage the attendance of university clubs for Christmas dinners and other socials.
Bank Street is open from 10am to 1am Monday to Sunday.
52 Bank Street G12 8LZ
0141 334 4343