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Counting House, Glasgow

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Several recent visits meeting up with local friends. This is one-big ass joint with a huge four-sided bar, tables galore and several rooms that can leave you wondering where the rest of your party has gone to. Excellent selection of real ales, bottles and spirits. I was happily surprised to find Skye Brewery's Skye Gold (and Red) available. Food was serviceable - I had fried scampi and chips which hit the spot even if it didn't knock me out. Loud and crowded, it wouldn't be my first choice for a quiet beer. But meeting up with a group of friends right before flying home, it's served the purpose.
aerodrome - 26 Jun 2018 00:50
Really nice wetherspoons. The interior is grand looking and the bar is huge, which means a lot of ales (must be at least 10, certainly in the double digits). Certain parts of it give you a great view of the beautiful George Square and whatever is going on. I didn't have an Ale but went for 'St Mungo Lager' named after Glasgow's Patron Saint, pretty decent but quite pricey. Certainly worth a visit but I'm sure it gets packed on a weekend. I went on a nice Tuesday afternoon and it was busy.
Wezzielad - 11 Aug 2017 16:59
Good big Scottish breakfast. Though I could not eat all the Lorne sausage. Good staff.

Nice interior in the pub too.
ArhurPint - 16 Jun 2014 00:20
Fabulous building which was an old bank - the safes are still in the wall!. Penty of room inside and of course that magnificent dome! Lots of staff on duty so no queue for a beer - which was probably the largest selection of Scottish ales I saw during my visit to Glasgow - very impressive (around 16 pumps). Usual Wetherspoon's offers on food etc., but this bar is worth a visit if not for the beer then for the architecture alone!
mcroyal - 20 May 2014 09:50
First visit here on a Friday lunchtime, when it was filling up nicely.

The real ale festival was on and the choice of ales was excellent with at least 16 on at once.

Stunning building that has been respectibly converted into a 'spoons. As SOUTHYORKSHIREMAN said the glass dome above the bar is stunning.

Another good 'spoons with a decent atmosphere and surpisingly well staffed.

lezford - 26 Oct 2012 12:01
I was in here with Big Dave last night, and there were four beers from Butcombe and four from Hawkshead Brewery. There must have been about 15 handpumps in all. All the beers I had were good, but the New Zealand Pale Ale from Hawkshead was stellar (and I don't mean Artois).
jagsfan - 8 Feb 2012 21:05
Stunning buidling inside with a large glass dome above the bar and numerous marble statues around the edge of the very large open room area.
The beer selection could have been slightly better, (no micros from Scotland) which for Wetherspoons was a surprise, however, the staff were very informative about the beer they did stock and were very very friendly.
One of the best Wetherspoons I have ever visited.
No complaints and would certainly include this in any walk around the city centre.
SouthYorkshireman - 21 Sep 2011 21:18
Superb building converted from an old bank i believe, very ornate and spacious inside with plenty of seating in little individual rooms. Now the bad part ale suppers; service slow and surly, had a pint of Houston stout ok but not exactly thrilling, a lot of the clientele are ropey buggers to say the least, on the plus side though 1.96 for the beer. Wetherspoons you either love their pubs or..............!
nokegthanks - 19 Jul 2010 20:41
For a Wetherspoons, not too bad. I had lunch there before Christmas.
Good food, despite slow service. A glass of Steaming Santa from RCH was tasty.
Later the place got crowded with office festive lunches and shoppers, with their families.
jbsjazzer - 22 Jan 2010 10:05
Housed in a magnificent baroque building in George Square, I found this to be a not too bad Wetherspoons. Beer quality, I had a special made for JDW by Strathaven Brewery, was excellent and the service was actually quite slick considering it was a busy early evening. Down side is that JDW in Scotland no longer take CAMRA discount vouchers. Entering up the stairs from St Vincent Place you come to a big almost perfectly cubic room with a large square centrally placed island bar lit by a glass dome far above. All around the walls are corinthian columns and on the architrave are statues. The walls are mainly decorated with pictures of Scots worthies of the last few centuries and some framed bank notes reflecting its former life as a bank. There are numerous alcoves off the main room giving space for a quieter drink. Not many neds or suchlike in there when I visited so I was pleasantly surprised and I say 7/10.

oldboots - 29 Sep 2009 18:29
Handy city centre pub. Used by all walks of life. Thursdays seems to be Ladies who lunch/bevy.

Fairly cheap for Glasgow but if you want quick service forget it.

Watch out for the drunks at night.
droggs - 18 Dec 2008 20:11
typical weatherspoons cheap beer not great quality service appalling
driefontainen - 17 Mar 2008 11:01
A cut above the usual Wetherspoons. Brilliant location.
Glasgowboy - 24 Sep 2007 11:57
I agree with the pirate comment more than any other one, i also saw one in here!! Nae bad bar for quick cheap drink before a big game, like em rangers in glasgow!
hackett06 - 15 Feb 2007 14:44
I have to say i agree with most of the comments posted . the beer is cheap and pretty good but it is fairly difficult to get served as some of the bar staff prefer standing around chatting rather than serve the customers
trainspotter - 23 Nov 2006 11:09
Cheap pints, but rather soulless, no sense of atmosphere exists, prententious types are usually present and women with children are allowed in (I thought the boozer was the working man/real drinkers domain?.
ZACKBLONDE - 13 Oct 2006 19:19
Pretty good cheap bar. I was a cut lad in here before the Jay-Z gig, me and my mate Mike saw a pirate!
FunhouseRocker - 5 Oct 2006 00:03
Very Nice looking Spoons with large oval bar in the centre.Lovely pint of ale from Cairngorm Brewery here,best pint tried in Glasgow!7/10
fat_beer_badger - 13 Sep 2006 20:00
Typical Weaterspoons which, in my opinion, means not a proper pub. Pretentious, unwelcoming and soulless.
ldalda - 16 Jul 2006 11:11
too many scottish ale especially cally garbage beer too cold
cantillonrose - 27 Apr 2006 15:10
Everything you want and expect from a Wetherspoons in an interesting building. Reasonable beer at deacent cost food. It has the added advantage of the garolous Glaswegians, fun to watch, best not to take part.
Betty Ford - 10 Nov 2004 14:52
A Wetherspoon's house. Good quality beer (with thankfully an emphasis on Scottish ales)and food. Get's very crowded in the evenings and weekends. A classy refurb of a former bank.
smurfy33 - 8 Oct 2004 14:50

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