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This is a pub I've been wanting to tick for a couple of years now, and i finally made it here the other Friday afternoon.

I was not disappointed with this pub, 11 pumps dispensing 10 ales, many of the choices being from Scottish breweries, my first pint was a golden choice from Itchen Valley and was excellent.

I ordered some food as it was lunchtime, Scampi and chips, again it was very good & done the trick.

Busy with a lot of customers ordering food.

Plenty of pictures on the walls, and a very impressive selection of awards the majority for the quality of their beer.

Absolutely cracking pub that is well worth the short walk from the City Centre.

lezford - 24 Jun 2014 12:47
Deuchars £3.50 a pint. Maybe I was a bit harsh on Babbity Bowster pricing.

£3.50 would not raise an eyebrow in London but we know there are far cheaper options in the city of Glasgow.
ArhurPint - 16 Jun 2014 00:37
Great range of beer - from all over the place - great range of whisky - good atmosphere and well worth a visit (take the train to Charing Cross and then get over the motorway!!) Split level drinking areas with a sort of "beerhouse" decor to it.

mcroyal - 20 May 2014 09:45
First tried the Bon Accord in the early 1980s when it was an oasis - sadly did not return until a few years ago and with some trepidation, as things change. Happily there was nothing to worry about - this remains an excellent bar just west of the M8 and not far south of Sauchiehall St. Maybe 10-12 handpumps with at least 8 of them devoted to guest beers that. The place can be very busy but seems always well-staffed so that one doesn't have to wait. Good facilities generally, with food lunch and evening. A must if you're in central Glasgow.
Arctium_lappa - 26 Feb 2013 00:20
WhenI I moved to Glasgow from London in the 80s it was a real ale desert apart from the Bon Accord. It was the only place that kept us sane. Everywhere else served lager only. In those days the Bon Accord had no windows and a kind of hole in the wall, Presbyterian look about it. As though drinking was sinful. It's all opened up now and looks much like a lot of "upgraded" pubs. But last time I was there it was still the best pub ib Glasgow.
Tewin - 10 Jan 2013 23:25
Just off the far end of Sauchiehall Street and the nearest decent pub to my BNB.

In Glasgow for just 3 nights but every night I ensured I spent at least 2 hours in here.

Absolutely fantastic pub with plenty of selection on the handpumps. (11) and that's without the selection of bottled beers and wheatbeers.

I don't normally eat in pubs but made an exception on one occasion with a smoked sausage baguette which was in fact 2 baguettes and a large plate of salad too.

If you are in central Glasgow, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Splodge68 - 8 Aug 2011 18:24
I meant Woodlands Road.

Also forgot to meant they offer a real cider (farmhouse I think at 6%)
Pat_Bateman - 24 May 2011 12:07
I really liked this place. Seemed like a proper pub complete with wooden floor, a nice group of regulars and warm and friendly service.

Young barman returning to the bar seen me standing unserved and asked me to sit down and he would bring the drink over ... nice touch.

Down the stairs at the rear has slightly more of a dining feel to it, so I would recommend sitting in the top bar area.

The ales were decent, but not quite as good as I'd expected. Actually the quality of the Deuchars IPA both here and at the State Bar weren't quite as good as The Dram on Woodlans Road.

Still one of the best pubs I've found after many years in Glasgow. Well worth a visit or 7.
Pat_Bateman - 24 May 2011 12:05
First visit since Glasgow was the European City of Culture and the Bon Accord was one of a very few Glasgow pubs with real ale. Actually better now than I remembered it, with a very good choice of Scottish ales and my selection was in very good condition. Food looked good too. Not the warmest welcome of the day, but a decent atmosphere nevertheless. Well worth another visit.
Stamfordian - 10 Feb 2011 10:49
Probably the best real ale pub I found in glasgow. This may not be saying much, but rest assured this pub is excellent. Always seemed to be 8 real ales available, most of them from scottish brewers. I saw Brewdog's Riptide stout, which is extremely rare even in bottles. Also Brewdog's Hardcore IPA, which is possibly the best pint I've ever had. Great atmosphere too, top place all round.
Slightly strange pricing policy though. The two beers above were 3 quid a pint, great value for beers around the 8-9% range. However, all the other beers were the same price. Either you're being massively undercharged on the premium beers, or overcharged on the normal ones. Weirdly, i think it's actually the former.
Awesome range of whiskies too, have to admit i didnt try any of these though.
Solid 9 any day of the week.
wilson_the_dude - 14 Dec 2010 14:33
Went to this pub for the first time in about 8 months was was totally disappointed with the beer quality......Arran Blonde was very 'green', Caley 80' was awful. There was another Scottish brew I had that was 'green' too although the Deuchars was good.
A great shame as I love this pub and have never had anywhere near a bad pint before in dozens of visits......made a hastily retreat to 'The State' ......!
yummybeer - 12 Dec 2010 18:07
I had two Brewdog pints yesterday evening- Rip Tide (8%) and Hardcore IPA (9.2%). They were very good but hard work- not really session beers. Good job I got a lift home.
jagsfan - 26 Nov 2010 10:44
Strange atmosphere and starey locals aside (have they never seen a man with long hair before?!!!), this is a good place for a pint or two. Had a couple of Caledonians and my wife had the Thatcher's cider. Had another beer (can't remember which) that tasted a bit green. Was quite surprised to see a pub this highly-recommended using sparklers on all their beers, but that seems to be growing problem again everywhere in the UK.
littledrummerboy - 7 Oct 2010 09:57
Had a couple of pints in there last night, neither of them being on top form. Unlucky choice, or is this a sign that being reviewed in the Telegraph spells the end for any pub? :-)
mhanley - 8 Sep 2010 16:21
Two vists paid recently. Both very enjoyable. First on 22nd Apr; the two Scottish micro brews were clean and well-kept; whilst one wasn't my cup of tea there was nothing "wrong" with the beer. Adnams Extra was pretty good too. Noted this pub uses sparklers which explains some of the beers tasting different from how us sassernacks down south are used to! Adnams through a sparkler does it no favours, but the beer was pleasant enough!

Rant over; second visit was today at lunchtime with a friend during Manchester Utd 3-1 Tottenham. Deuchars IPA about as good as I've tasted it anywhere else recently. Staff and locals very friendly; good value food as well. Aim not to be the last to leave at night, 20mins drinking time is observed strictly.
lad_newton - 24 Apr 2010 19:41
regarding the comment about the cellarman ,yes the same guy 's been doing the beer for years,but it's not a full time job and there are plenty of other staff on who can mess it up
beer is often put on young
gassybeeriscrap - 4 Dec 2009 20:51
I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's ...
jagsfan - 30 Nov 2009 15:48
I saw a bloke who looked like Eric Morecambe drinking a Skullsplitter - didn't look like it was doing him much good
bongobilly - 30 Nov 2009 15:39
Sorry, Edward Wylie
jagsfan - 30 Nov 2009 15:01
I'm a regular here too and I've never had a problem with the beer. Maureen even let me have a pint of Skullsplitter on Friday- just the one, obviously. If you don't like the place, and I don't know why, you could try The Three Judges, Blackfriars, The State Bar, Tennents, some decent Wetherspoons such as The Esquire House, Hengler's Circus, Edward Morley ...
jagsfan - 30 Nov 2009 13:05
I have been drinking here regularly over the past two years.
i am a fan of real ales ,however i admit i am no expert.
is it true the cellarman today is the same person back when-according to several people-this place was serving a better pint of ale.if this is the case then what has caused the slip in standards?
i would be grateful if anyone could recommend other ale houses in the city centre.Thanks.
MONTARE1 - 22 Nov 2009 11:17
Plenty of choice of real ale and some real cider too. Serves food which is decent enough quality and pretty cheap. All 4 ales which I tasted were well kept. Went on a Monday night and was surprised to find it reasonably full with drinkers and eaters.
infidel - 20 Oct 2009 09:50
Agree that the beer range can be erratic in quality - occasionally I suspect that the policy of long-distance sourcing from English micros may not do the cellar a favour. However, except when rammed for sport on TV this remains a fine pub and some of the comments seem to have been almost as sour as the reported pints.
meurglys_iv - 19 Oct 2009 08:00
Followed on here from the Pot Still having decided to follow the whisky bar trail a while. A bit more modern and posey than the PS but still an acceptable venue. Real ales on tap and I think I tried Deuchars which was fine .
tarkatherotter - 28 Sep 2009 16:54
poor beer overpriced shame this was once one of the great real ale pubs in uk
gassybeeriscrap - 7 Jul 2009 18:02
I have to say on my last visit to this pub all three ales I had a go at were lacking. All were warmer than they should have been and the IPA was hazey and approaching sour. May have been the end of the barrel to be fair but the staff didn't seem to think it warranted changing. I shan't be back until there's a marked improvement.
fortyshadesofred - 12 Feb 2009 06:21
Short measures, beer not well kept. Not my first choice in Gleska.
ETA - 4 Nov 2008 14:10
beer is at best average not a patch on old days when it was a free house
driefontainen - 29 Sep 2008 13:26
Three of us visited this traditional, CAMRA rated, English-style pub and drank three rounds of three different pints from around the UK. All were in good condition and, except for the live music on a Saturday night, it seemed an excellent pub. (The food looked fairly basic but attractive and quite cheap.) It is only a shame that it fronts onto Glasgow's inner motorway.
drtimthornton - 29 Aug 2008 15:13
phsyco the beer is mingin
driefontainen - 27 Aug 2008 15:44
I'm a big ale fan and been drinking in here for years. It's one of only a handful of pubs in Glasgow that serve ale to a decent standard frankly. On the *very* rare ocaision a pint hasn't been up to scratch the staff have replaced it and put it right straight away. Can't say fairer than that.

Sounds like someone has a personal issue with the pub, which is a shame. There is not one thing wrong with their beer, I can assure everyone of that.
psychochicken - 22 Aug 2008 12:53
i guess someone dont like the beer judging by all the negatives..i have a 3 strikes and out policy...if its bad after visit 3 i dont go in there till it gets new owners..nowt worse than bad beer on a pub crawl..
graybagsinburyonceagain - 1 Jul 2008 15:57
is the beer anyy better yet i think nt
driefontainen - 30 Jun 2008 15:50
beer hasnt improved
driefontainen - 20 Jun 2008 16:01
still poor beer
driefontainen - 11 Jun 2008 15:53
dont expect brilliant beer
driefontainen - 2 May 2008 14:43
still overrated poor beer
driefontainen - 23 Apr 2008 14:34
now this pub is a very good find if you dont let the traffic put you off..virtually can see it from charing x station over the by pass...barman was spot on for service i couldnt fault him as at one point he was serving 3 at once but he knew who was waiting...good selection of beers north and south of the border..had the footy on upstaris and wat sounded like a 70s disco downstairs..located in a funny place next to the library but wen you start to follow north street it looks like your going down the wrong way down the slip road..nice pleasant terrace..bit pricey for £2 70 a pint but you get quality and pay for it..a must.
graybagsinburyonceagain - 9 Apr 2008 12:57
does anyone think hophead is a lager drinker
driefontainen - 31 Mar 2008 14:16
Top pub. Recent visit included superb real ale in the form of BrewDog Hype and some great value food (check out their special 2-course offers!). Never had any problem with beer quality from this fine establishment. Highly recommended.

Cheers!
Hophead - 19 Mar 2008 13:36
poor poor poor poor poor beer
driefontainen - 14 Mar 2008 15:59
Have visited this pub pretty frequently during the tail end of 2007. Beer quality was consistently good with a range hard to beat.

A regular stop on my intinery and will continue to be so.
alexw123 - 3 Jan 2008 18:29
Well known Glasgow watering hole, easily accessible from the City Centre just the other side ( west ) of the M8 motorway from Charing Cross.

On the day of my September visit, the pub was offering 12 different real ales of varying gravities, all priced at £ 2.50, including Theakstons OP, Marstons Old Empire, Oakham JHB and Rev James. There was also some Farmhouse Cider from Ross on Wye with an OG of 6.5% and a beer called Punk IPA (!), the provenance of which I have now sadly forgotten

The pub has won numerous awards from CAMRA and I can easily believe the claim that it offers the widest beer range in Glasgow.

Irrespective of the extensive beer range, this is a decent traditional pub in its own right, well worth seeking out.

There was no issue with beer quality on my visit
JohnBonser - 17 Oct 2007 17:59
poor quality of beer shame on glasgow camra
blackbob67 - 1 Oct 2007 09:00
dissapointing quality of cask beer better to stick to the andechs living on past glories

hoopoe - 27 Sep 2007 14:13
average quality living on past greatness
driefontainen - 24 Sep 2007 14:25
much overrated pub the glasgow camra branch should be ashamed
cantillonrose - 24 Sep 2007 14:20
not up to the standard it set years ago a pale imitation of its former self
cantillonrose - 21 Sep 2007 14:03
overrated beer of average quality not the good old bon of 70's and 80's
driefontainen - 4 Sep 2007 13:16
Decent real ale pub, quite busy. Okay food at reasonable prices.
Sigmund - 28 Aug 2007 22:46
overrated beer of dubious quality
cantillonrose - 15 Aug 2007 12:28
Wonderful bar,beer and staff.Three Judges take note how a bar should be staffed and stocked.
anonymous - 28 Jul 2007 11:42
nice pub shame about the beer
cantillonrose - 24 May 2007 15:42
Had a truly splendid time here on 26/04/2007. A thrilling range of beers, many Scottish among them, most at drinker-friendly strengths. Of particular interest was a beer from Kelburn.

This is a haven for real-ale fans in Glasgow, and visitors will enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere that abounds at Bon Accord. I would return tomorrow if in Glasgow.

Might not be the easiest pub to reach by public transport, but the perseverence of the keen walker was rewarded several times over.

Champion!
lad_newton - 8 May 2007 17:43
Belting beer in here.Had the Summer Lightning-which was spot on.Wide range of beers on handpump -All priced at £2.40.Decent set of punters in this pub.Well worth the detour...Walked down St Vincent St from Byres Rd and the huge block of flats on the right are as good a windbreak as I've ever seen..
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 14 Jan 2007 11:03
I have to confess to not having visited Glasgow for some time, but I felt I should throw some positive comment in the general direction of some of the city's finer hostelries, if only to demonstrate to closed-minded English ale lovers that similarly great pubs and beer can now easily be located north of the border!
This is a must-visit for any visitor to the city who appreciates a traditional yet lively atmosphere, friendly service and above all, a superb selection of real ales. It is cosy and comfortable. The ales are well-priced, and whilst some have been served through sparklers unnecessarily, neither my friends nor I suffered a poorly-kept pint. This largely depends on luck, I suppose.
I think this is justifiably a jewel in the local CamRA's crown. The downside? The less-than-convenient and less-than-appealing location - jammed in against various grey monoliths. Not a place to expect a great boozer but well worth the detour away from the main centre.
TWG - 7 Dec 2006 16:55
Something of an institution and lives up to it. Ten handpumps dispense ales from mainly Scottish brewers and a decent drop of beer they are. An unusual feature is that every beer, whatever the strength is the same price. Entertainment takes place in the large rear lower level room, mainly at weekends. The Bon Accord isnít particularly interesting from an architectural point of view but hey, with beer as good as this, who cares!
Alerover - 1 Oct 2006 15:43
i remember when this pub was great before s&n got theirhands on it i am not teettotal ijust know good beer when i drink it
cantillonrose - 7 Jun 2006 14:25
Just to let any prospective visitors know that the Bon was still on form on 27 May, with good beer and good craick (I suspect CantillonRose is a teetotaller: he doesn't seem to like any pub).

Sampled three beers out of (I think) eight on. All well kept and served.
shropspy - 1 Jun 2006 11:32
quite whuy this pub won camra pub of the year escaped me the beer is at best mediocre all right plenty of variety,but not a patch on the old ba
cantillonrose - 28 Apr 2006 14:04
This pub is superb. Great food, great beer, friendly staff. I ought to visit more often...
Zaphod_Beeblebrox - 4 Mar 2006 16:26
As a regular visitor to Glasgow, I never miss the opportunity to pop in. Good for a quick pint, or a decent session; every beer is well kept, the landlord obviously takes pride in the quality of his ale-as he should
ericmarco - 10 Jan 2006 17:08
I went into this establishment the other night and found them selling Timothy Taylor Landlord (one of my favourite beers). I did not touch a drop ...........

However, the Thrappledouser, Deuchars and Maverick took a severe hammering !!!!!!

An excellent watering hole for those preferring real beer.
mactavish - 3 Jun 2005 11:38
I'd like to say that not only is the beer great but the live music is fantastic. Every saturday night you can hear some of Glasgow's best bands such as The Blues Buddahs or Roost, and its for free!
steviest1cks - 11 Apr 2005 17:07
If you visit Glasgow this is a must. The beer quality is superb and the staff and locals are very friendly.
smurfy33 - 8 Oct 2004 14:46
glasgow top ale house with over 500 beers a year award winning pub open mike tue quiz wed live bands sat
paul mc donagh - 10 Jun 2004 13:45
Since Real Ale is my favourite tipple I would highly recomend this pub because they take great care of their beer.
Thomas - 14 Apr 2004 23:33
Like a pub should be. Run for the punters. Lovely, lovely pub with great beer.
James - 27 Feb 2004 10:12
Sadly no longer what it once was. There was a time when it was packed every night now its bare and draughty after 8pm. and what possesed them to put live music in a real pub. You should be sitting talking to your mates not bellowing at them. The beer renmains good but you'd be better off heading over to the three judges at Partick Cross. Now there is a pub....
Brian Hickey - 24 Oct 2003 21:21
A Must for all visitors to Glasgow who like a good pint in friendly surroundings
Lee - Lee.A.Newton@jobcentreplus.gov.uk - 12 Mar 2003 17:47
Something of an institution here in Glasgow for real ale. Up to ten constantly changing cask-conditioned beers available in exquisite condition. Ales often from microbreweries drawing trade in from far and wide. When I visited on 24/01/2003 (from London) I met a guy there from Essex who was just up for the BEER! I cannot comment on the food but their entry in the Good Beer Guide states it's served up to 1900 daily. Close to Charing Cross/Anderston stations. Disabled access.
Lee - Lee.A.Newton@jobcentreplus.gov.uk - 12 Mar 2003 17:46

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