The £1 million pounds Bavaria Brauhaus Beerhall, officially the largest German themed licensed premises in Glasgow city centre, opened its grand doors for the first time last night.

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After slight teething problems at opening, we were gracefully welcomed into the epic German themed chamber presented with glasses of champagne and trays of canapés.

The A Listed Bothwell Street building formerly the home of “Madness Theatre of Fun” (No connection to Suggs’ 1980’s ska band), has undergone quite the transformation, instead of offering tacky eighties themed music and karaoke, Brauhaus now offers schnitzel, “The Big Six” and Bavarian Sausage on its menu.

Having ultimately admitted defeat in their ambitious plans of opening in time for Glasgow’s Oktoberfest festival, Bavaria Brauhaus owner Raymond Codona instead focussed his energy in the direction of creating a bar unlike anything seen before in Glasgow. Styled in the fashion of the illustrious German Beer Halls. The Bothwell Street beer hall prides itself on using local suppliers for the dishes offered on the extensive German themed menu.

The previously mentioned “Big Six” are the six beers kegged and available in Bavaria Brauhaus. Lowenbrau, Hofbrau, Augustinerbrau, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Spatenbrau, are probably the most popular German beers on the market and they’re on tap, with another 40 bottled beers available, the Bothwell Street bar is the very definition of the beer lover’s dream.


The scale of Bavaria Brauhaus is impressive, set over two floors, the top floor has a mezzanine and the ceiling has unique painted drawings celebrating both Scottish and German influences. Last night’s opening party even provided a genuine German band etc tuba. Bizarrely but quite brilliant, the band were joined on stage by a Scottish compere helping coax some interaction out of the relatively reluctant crowd…”Ooompah oompah stick it up your joomper” (you get the idea). After a few renditions, (and a couple of beers) the crowd were definitely interacting with far more ease.

Last night’s opening was a little frantic, but everyone who attended seemed to have a genuinely great time. Fellow attendees, whom GlasgowLiving had the pleasure of speaking to, were all in agreement, Glasgow nightlife has definitely been missing a bar or “beer hall” of this calibre and scale.

With wine, spirits and cocktails on offer and each boasting a German-Austrian influence, you can be sure that even non beer lovers visiting Bavaria Brauhaus will have a fantastic experience in the magnificent surroundings.

It seems that with Bothwell Street’s extravagant beer hall opening just in time for Glasgow’s Work Christmas night out season, they can surely expect plenty of busy nights and countless more renditions of “Ooompa ooompa…”