Chilly Autumn days and Glasgow pubs with open fires – A match made in heaven
We all know that person with the ability to suss out a draft within 10 seconds of walking into a place. Or that pal who keeps their jacket on unless we’re talking tropical indoor temperatures in a bar… But let’s face it, once the nights start drawing in and you pull your “big coat” out of the hall cupboard, we all like to be somewhere warm, welcoming and cosy when we go out. The best way to take a homely pub vibe to the next level? An open fire. The heat, the glow, the smell… It’s sheer magic. And now that autumn’s most definitely arrived in Glasgow, you better get there early to get a seat next to it.
The Belle on Great Western Road is a gem of a pub that succeeds where other Glasgow boozers fail by keeping things simple. With no food on the go, no loud music drowning out your weekend catch ups, this bespoke west end institution lets the drinks, atmosphere and beauty of a coal fire do the talking. With its prime location and an excellent selection of beers on tap, it’s generally a cramped, cosy affair with the mixed crowd making it all the more enjoyable. Whether you’ve just been for a wander through the Botanic Gardens or are looking for a pit stop after Christmas shopping, The Belle and its fire will put a smile on your baltic wee face.
In the Merchant City, you can sometimes experience a wee bit of style over substance when it comes to atmosphere. When the weather gets that bit nippier and you’re desperately in need of some hearty food and a comfortable, welcoming environment, Rab Ha’s is yer man. It’s been around forever, yes, but with great new hosts behind the bar, the pub is going through a wee interior make-over that will ensure the cosiness will be turned all the way up to 11 this winter. And most excitingly to us? They’re reinstating the fire downstairs in their cosy little nook!
The Butterfly and Pig South may be much larger in scale than most pubs but, with the inclusion of their amazing, period fireplace, it’s a lovely place to spend time on a chilly Shawlands afternoon. With a great selection of gins and mega generous portion sizes on their menu, you’ll definitely want to pull up a chair and stay a while this festive period. The Butterfly and Pig have got a fab no-frills neighbourhood feel, lots of themed nights on the go and, due to its spacious layout, is one of the very best dog-friendly options in the city too.
Up in the Charing Cross area, there are a fair few welcoming, old-school pubs where you could easily lose a few hours of your life to a great book or even better chat. The best of the bunch though, in Glasgow Living’s opinion, is most definitely The Drake. You know you’re already onto a winner when you walk in and feast your eyes on the Harris Tweed and bare brick walls… But with our old pal the coal fire lurking in there too, it’s a pub with the quintessential dreich Scottish day, hideaway vibe. A warmer Glasgow welcome (both literally and figuratively!) you’ll struggle to find!
Let us know your favourite pubs with fires in the city!