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> Former Glasgow Restaurants, restaurants from the 60/70's
Melody
post 10th Jun 2004, 04:40pm
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Luceo, are you kidding on about Wilma the singing waitress? I'm killing myself laughing at the thought of it. What was 'Light' beer was it a type of lager? Imagine that amount of money for a pint, I feel sorry for the young ones today it costs a fortune for a night out, even for a lunch in town now. Luceo did you mean the State Bar? I rememer going there in the sixties at the time I thought it was a bit of a wild place, a bit scary somehow I can't remember why!
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post 10th Jun 2004, 06:00pm
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Yes indeed, I meant the State Bar, Melody. I understand that there is now a comedy club in the State and it attracts quite a wide audience. Stand up comedy is really becoming quite fashionable in the city and the State does its bit to promote it. Watch out for another topic from me which mentions stand up comedy.

Indeed, the State in the Sixties was a wild place; I can understand that lots of people might have found it scary. Imagine a wild-eyed, bearded, Luceo, reciting Ginsberg; now there is a thought with which to conjure! I think even I would now find that scary! We get older, mellow a little bit and in the late Seventies, with some partners, I considered buying the State - how much of a sell-out is that?

As for Wilma, the singing waitress, she is absolutely true! The Cabin might be a suitable venue for a Glasgow Guide Meet. What more can I tell you about Wilma? Pure gold? A1 at Lloyds? A rerr chanter? In truth words fail me! You really must go. Go in a crowd and leave your inhibitions behind - and remember where you heard it first!

The food is not half bad, either!

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post 10th Jun 2004, 06:32pm
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Luceo, you'll never believe it but this very day we were discussing a venue for a staff night out before school finishes for the holidays. We have considered so many places, that I can't be bothered thinking about it anymore. West End, City Centre, Merchant City where to go? Your right though the singing waitress will have to be seen to be believed.
Imagine a bearded Luceo of the sixties considering such a 'sell-out' bet he would not have believed it back then! If I left my inhibitions behind Luceo there would be nothing left of me laugh.gif
Can you think of a good place to go for a staff night out?
The choices are endless, must be my socialist heart, I don't enjoy too much choice! What about the light beer?
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post 11th Jun 2004, 07:20am
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Melody you should try the Cabin - not sure about Wilma;s singing but the food is ok - good for a night out.

Light Beer was a strength of beer - we would normally call it in Scoltand something like 60 shilling - it had an ABV - alcohol by volume grading of about 3% - this was to distinguish the beers for tax purposes - 70 shilling would be heavy - about 3.5 - 4% ABV - 80 shilling would be export and so on.

It was a dark looking beer and it was a very enjoyable drink - in the right pub it had the feel and consistency of a good pint of guinness - the Devon Bar on the south side used to be my favourite place for a pint of it.


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post 11th Jun 2004, 05:50pm
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Was it light beer that was used for a black and tan? Now see if I'm right I'll get a whole lot of street cred. here! laugh.gif
Remember towards the east end the Crystal Bells and Granny Black's in the Candleriggs, I think Granny Black's has gone now.
Anyone remember the Picador in Renfield Street, sorry I've veered off into publand here again.
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post 11th Jun 2004, 05:55pm
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There is a pub called Auntie Kate's by the Union Canal in Falkirk which was said to serve the best pint of light in Scotland. I came across it again a couple of months ago by accident and was disappointed to find that in my absence of some thirty years or so. it has become "gentrified" and had lost much of its character.

In any case, I think I had my last pint of light beer there about 1973. It was interesting to learn its strength and why it was called "light" beer. I had just assumed it was light as opposed to heavy.

Thinking about this restaurant thread it occurred to me that while many of our restaurants are foreign, we Glaswegians have taken many of them to our hearts to the extent that they are essentially Glaswegian - who would even suggest that the Fazzi or Sarti brothers are Italian?

They are definitely keelies!

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post 12th Jun 2004, 04:31am
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Do you remember the Gemmell brothers who used to drink in the Devon Bar way back? Tam, Lex, Jim & Martin?
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post 12th Jun 2004, 06:11am
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Teeny - I used to go in there when I was working over at Larkfield and it was with guys from work - usually at lunchtime - never really got the chance to know many people - spoke to a few of the old timers who used the place - there was a guy called Donnelly I remember - his nickname was the Black Prince for some reason - also a guy called Eddie Burns but not the Gemmells - sorry...

I also remember the Picador Melody - used to go in there on a Saturday night then go across the street into Wyper's bar - always a good time there...

Not sure about the black and tan but you are probably right - if it wasn't light you added it was bottled beer I think...


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post 12th Jun 2004, 06:52am
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No problem Al, it was worth a try. They used to drink there before I was "of age" so I don't know any of the others who drank there. I know they also drank in the Cockatoo Bar as one of them lived in the tenement building above it. Once again, never been inside as irn-bru was my limit back then.
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post 12th Jun 2004, 04:25pm
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I just went past the State Bar there Luceo I was tempted to go in however I remembered the scary feeling of many years ago and decided against. I noticed that what was the Maryland jazz club in Scott Street seems to be a pub or a restaurant now, folks were sitting outside the door at tables enjoying the sunshine today. smile.gif
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post 12th Jun 2004, 07:31pm
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My husband was a 'black & tan' drinker for years. He said it was made with beer & stout. Usually the glass was filled about 3/4 beer and topped up with stout, but some pubs made it half & half. He also said it was usually light beer that was used but it was down to your own taste.

That's your street cred shot up Melody. laugh.gif


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post 14th Jun 2004, 03:28pm
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Heather, have to say that black and tan was definitely an acquired taste but not one which i managed to adopt.

Somebody reminded me of the Whitehall pub and Burns Howff the other day - and one of my all time favourites - MacIntosh's bar in Cambridge street - very happy memories there.....

Can anyone recall the name of the bar/restaurant in Waterloo Street on the left hand side just before you came to the Admiral on the right hand side - it had a long glass front - and a bar with the big stools at it - it was always a bit more upmarket than many of the bars in the 70s - best way I can describe it...


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post 14th Jun 2004, 04:47pm
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I can't think of it Al. although I am familiar with the Admiral .
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post 14th Jun 2004, 07:45pm
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Big Al,

Was the bar you refer to not simply “The Waterloo”?

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post 14th Jun 2004, 07:56pm
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Oh Luceo, that came into my mind earlier but I thought No it's too easy! laugh.gif
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