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Babbity Bowster

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Live music with some amazing gypsy jazz musicians and singers. An open fire. Cullen Skink. And a loaded gantry! Just off the main shopping areas this pub is a well kept secret. I almost wasn't going to tell you about it.....

Boston, MA
Reviewed 1 week ago

Babbity Bowster is my favorite pub anywhere. Their accommodations are pretty basic, but clean with comfortable beds. The only problem is a lack of electrical outlets - we had to unplug a lamp to charge things. Reasonable rates include tea/coffee and toast in the morning plus parking. The location is relatively quiet (the only real noise is generated by pub...

Reviewed 12 December 2016

If you want a no frills en-suite room in the city centre then this is definitely the place to go. There is no TV but that isn't what you go to Glasgow for. The place is clean and tidy with a comfy bed. In the morning you get tea/coffee and toast. You can even park your car in the pub...

Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Scotland's 5th worst issue is poor bread and after not being here for 10 years it was unfortunate that this wonderful old Glasgow institution has not learned this lesson. Nice beer and ambiance. But the barman didn't ask me why I had only eaten a corner of the tired, sliced bread. That's Scotland's first worst issue. Customer service. The beer...

Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Celtic beat rangers, we hadn't watched the football, and were not interested, but a little wary. This place was perfect, no TVs, no music whilst we were there, and a formidable land lady declining to serve potentially 'loud' customers. The food was simple, but authentic, and tasty with a great selection of whisky to round off a pleasant evening. It...

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Superb range of cask's and excellent food with menu and chef specials always available. Good atmosphere with music some evenings. Cannot fault this place. Will continue to visit as I have done regularly for the past 5 years.

Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Found this place using google and pleasantly surprised with the good food! Its a no thrills type of place but not overcrowded and the staff are friendly. I didnt realise that its also it hotel so Ive rated 3 stars for that as i didn't see the rooms.

Wigan, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 October 2016

stayed for one night only . last minute deal as we were at a sporting event in Motherwell. This is a room above a pub not a hotel, that said, it suited me fine. The room was very basic, twin beds, sparsely furnished with only one electric socket. small en suite shower, toilet and sink. mirror in the en suite...

Clackmannan, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Enjoyed a couple of drinks on Saturday evening with some lovely traditional music in the background.I have visited here on many occasions and always enjoyed. Maybe they need to look at the toilet cleaning regime as when my husband asked "where are the gents" someone said "follow your nose"...and they weren't wrong...the smell was almost overpowering.A shame as it's a...

Rochester, New York
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I got a single room in Babbity Bowster primarily for the purpose of having a room in a pub I wanted to spend time in. The rooms are very basic and small but clean. The draw here, for me, was the beautiful pub room, the very good real ales on tap and most especially, the group of musicians who come...

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Babbity Bowster
Babbity Bowster
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A place to talk or quietly read a book - there has never been piped music.Enjoy a drink or food on the award winning floral sun-drenched patio (Frank Kerr is the gardener).Play French boules on our adjoining piste.Enjoy listening to live traditional musicians and singers on late Saturday afternoon until mid evening.Get a wee taste of Glaswegian hospitality.Michelin Pub Food, Good Pub Guide, Good Beer Guide, Routard, Fodor’s and Frommer’s. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Babbity Bowster

Address: 16-18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow G1 1PE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Glasgow > City Centre , Merchant City
Price Range: $74 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Babbity Bowster Hotel Glasgow
Babbity Bowster Glasgow, Scotland
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#23 Romantic Hotel in Glasgow
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“Come on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon and watch the local musicians play traditional Scottish and Celtic music.”
 of 5 bubbles markdonadio, 26 Sep 2016 | Read review
“not good for elderly or those who cannot "do" steps. 3 flights to lug your suitcases up and down”
 of 5 bubbles Carl3838, 14 Sep 2016 | Read review
“I've stayed here a few times and the rooms are actually quite similar, overlooking the quiet street and all involve a climb up the stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles Louise186583, 3 Oct 2015 | Read review
“wait until some money is spent on it.”
 of 5 bubbles pukerau, 24 Sep 2014 | Read review
“untried this trip- had no i dea it was more than a local fun bar”
 of 5 bubbles happytraveler11122, 24 Jul 2014 | Read review
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