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Mission 2: Yes You Can Have Financial District Fun...
Had a look around The Merchant City and the best of Glasgays venues? Well, whether or not you took that challenge, you now find yourself heading over to Glasgows Financial District, right in the city centre.
Fizzy Sophistication Near The Merchant City...
En-route to the Financial District, if youre in the mood for a decent glass of fizz, in a cosmo bar thats truly loved by locals.
Only a five-minute walk from the Merchant City, get over to Vroni's on West Nile Street.
Up For Staggering A Bit Further?...
As I mentioned, some of the Glasgay venues are outside the Merchant City. Let me start with The Arches Theatre , just because it happens to be the nearest to the Merchant City.
Get Into The Spirit Of Things At The Arches...
The Arches Theatre is tucked away (as the name suggests) under Central Station , and is a truly funky space.
It has several performance areas and the very nice The Arches Cafe Bar on the lower level.
Even if you arent going to a Glasgay performance, nipping in for a drink to check out the venue and underground atmosphere can be a treat in itself.
People Watching Heaven...
Collage Corner Bar offers gastro pub food, a decent wine list and one of the best places for people watching in Glasgow.
Sitting slightly below street level, for some reason passers by fail to notice Collage patrons tucked under their knees.
(Now, theres a thought!)
Like Playing With Your Food?...
On the other side of the same block as the Collage Corner Bar is TaPaell'Ya on Robertson Street. It can also be entered via the SAS Radisson Hotel on Argyle Street.
Or Fancy Something Spicy?...
Moving along Argyle Street one block brings us to Thai Orchid and very well priced Thai delights from wait staff in traditional dress. Very sweet indeed.
Or Try A Tasty Italian...
Of course, from The Arches, you could head to La Lanterna a short distance up Hope Street on the left. This is another local gem.
The entrance to this basement level restaurant keeps all its secrets but head on downstairs to a charming little eatery thats designed to make you feel like youre al fresco somewhere charming in Italy.
Pop On Your Beer Goggles...
Around the corner from La Lanterna theres Pivo Pivo on Waterloo Street.
Dive into the more than 30 different beers and lagers behind the bar.
Pivo Pivo is a real hidden delight.
The entrance looks like nothing at all, but dont let that put you off.
It's Playtime... With A Shop, Sip And A Chomp!...
It would be remiss of me not to mention Princes Square , just 5 minutes walk from The Arches. It's actually really close to many of the central Glasgay venues so easy to pop in for some retail therapy.
Princes Square was developed in the mid 1980s, and remains one of the beacons to glamour and good taste that is the revamped Glasgow we all love so much.
I think youre sure to fall in love with Princes Square, no matter when you visit.
Expect great taste, fab places to shop, eat and drink, and a lively vibe that only Princes Square can deliver.
As promised, some shop, sip and chomp highlights to consider
Fifi and Ally artfully combines funky and cool products, often with a wee camp-but-glamorous edge.
They run a nice place to sit sipping a cappuccino and munching tasty buns, planning your next Glasgay adventure.
My favourite place to visit in Princes Square is Barca . It might be the lush in me that means Im drawn to any place with Cava in its name.
Or it might be the amazing tapas on offer, coupled with the chance to watch whats going on in Princes Square.
Then again, Barca is also great place to sit inside for some peace and quiet.
Buzzy Wares has been a Princes Square stalwart since it opened in 1986, transferring from the West End all the goodwill and charm of its previous life as Joes Garage (one for you folks with longer memories).
It was recently decorated to really look like an American burger joint.
The result is noisy, fun and very laid back.
If you have time in your Glasgay plans, I suggest a wander around Princes Square. There are just so many shops and funky restaurants to tempt, Im certain youll be planning a return trip before long.
The (Almost) Secret Alleys...
I have these last options for you, while were in this neck of the woods. Hidden up quiet lanes, these are local gems just waiting to be discovered.
Hunt down Bar Soba in Mitchell Lane. If you can pull yourself away from Boss and the other designer stores on Buchanan Street , head into the well-hidden Mitchell Lane and Bar Soba is on the left, about half way along.
Treating us with wonderful cocktails and a great Asian-fusion menu with service and looks to match, Bar Soba is a hidden treasure.
Youre as likely to see office workers out for a quick post-work drink as a bunch of mates out for a night on the tiles.
Just round the corner is Uber Cafe , close to the junction with busy Argyle Street. You'd never know it was there, all cosy and cute, if I didn't keep you right!
This is a great wee place to chill out and have a snack too.
Near Central Station, but hidden from view up another lane is Stereo . In a converted warehouse, it features a large bar, performance venue in the basement, and very tasty vegan food. What are you waiting for? ;)
Add these to your pre-party list for Glasgay, and you won't go wrong...
Ready for another Top Secret Mission?... There are five in total to choose from...
Glasgay! Promises Us Super Times With A Celebration Of Fab Queer Talents
G! Explore Glasgow's Merchant City Magic
Top Secret "Missions"...
G! Yes, You Can Have Fun in the Financial District [this page]
G! Get High in Garnethill
G! Ride Out to the Wild West (End)
G! Sleep-off Your Excesses... and Stay Safe
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