Situated in the old premises of the Roxy 171/Liquid Ship, and still only soft-launched at time of writing (official opening will be later in June), The Hug and Pint is in many ways what the West End and Glasgow at large has been crying out for for some years, ever since the nearby Captains Rest (RIP) shut down in 2012. That is, a shoebox-sized independent music venue and attendant hangout bar. Titled after an Arab Strap album, and founded by a reliable local team in Synergy Concerts’ Bryan Reynolds and Joe Rattray and Colin Campbell of The Squid and Whale, it can’t fail to be a winner. Gigs will take place in the roughly 100-capacity newly-refitted basement venue. Upstairs it’s a cooly and colorfully attired bar serving quality beers, and eventually a basic food menu (the kitchen isn’t fitted out yet, but expect pop-up offerings in the interim).
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Great Western Road
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