When Scotland play anything can happen. From world class wins to last minute heart breaks, it really is a rollercoaster experience. So it’s no wonder our Tartan Army love a few pre match pints to settle the nerves on the road to Hampden. This Sunday will be no different with World Cup Qualification hanging in the balance as Scotland must win against Slovenia if we are to have any chance of staying in the mix for Russia 2018.

With the stakes so high there is only one thing for it…Here are the best bars to hit before the game. Who knows, maybe even a celebratory drink after!

Glasgow Central

Before catching the frequent trains to Mount Florida from Central there are plenty of bars in and around the station. Right at the Hope Street exit near the lower level platforms you’ll find the Two Heided Man/ McGinn’s Sports Bar which they claim to be the “brawest wee pub in glesga” and is sure to be bouncing come Sunday as well as the Toby Jug directly across from it with both offering pints at reasonable prices.

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There’s also the famous Horseshoe Bar just down from the station on Drury Street offering a wider variety of ales and lagers.

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If you, unfortunately, don’t have a ticket or end missing most of the trains to the game these pubs will also be showing the match so whether it’s for a few before, after or during the match Glasgow Central offers plenty close to the escape route home.

George Square/ Queen Street

For those arriving at Queen Street or simply looking for somewhere to watch the game, the streets around George Square have plenty of patriotic pubs.

Of course, there is the Counting House offering a huge range of drinks as well as food deals, but across the road along Queen Street, you will find Drouthy’s which will be decorated in saltires welcoming the Tartan Army in their droves.

As well as Drouthy’s there is also The Piper Whisky Bar on Cochrane Street just off George Square which is the ideal place for something a bit stronger afore ye go, offering an incredible range of malt whisky’s including their £2.95 ‘Malt Of The Month.’

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In terms of watching the game, you won’t go far wrong going to The Ark on North Fredrick Street with plenty of options at the bar and live screens no matter where you choose to sit.

Mount Florida/ Hampden

Whether you decide to spend the full afternoon eating and drinking or just want to jump in for one last pint before the game, the Mount Florida area has plenty of pubs/ bars that are sure to be full of atmosphere.

Armstrong’s on Battlefield Road is in a great location just minutes away from the ground. As well as offering food and plenty of drink selections they also boast pool tables and if the weather’s up to much there’s a decent sized beer garden. (Taps Aff!!!) Further along Battlefield Road and even closer to the ground, there is The Florida Park bar, for the last minute bevy.

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If Tennent’s isn’t your thing come match day Clockwork bar on Cathcart Road offer excellent craft ales direct from their in-house micro-brewery. With one of their ales even called the Hampden Roar and an award winning beer garden, there might not be a better place to soak up the atmosphere.

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It would be wrong not to mention the Church on the Hill further along towards Shawlands on Algie Street. This huge converted church is always packed out on match days where the Tartan Army will be found in full voice. It also boasts live screens dotted around inside and outside making it an ideal place to soak up the atmosphere and watch the game if you haven’t got a ticket.

Free Pint if Scotland Win!

This part is crucial, no matter where you are in Glasgow there will be some pubs offering a free pint WHEN Scotland win, which they will including already mentioned Drouthy’s, The Old Schoolhouse on Woodlands Road will also have that free pint waiting if Scotland clinches a victory, as will the Snaffle Bit at the Kelvingrove End of Sauchiehall Street who are also serving up half-time pies.

 

Article By Ryan Thom