Glasgow Beer Works reveal plans for large beer garden in the Merchant City - here's when it opens

Residents in Glasgow will soon be able to visit a new beer garden, situated under a famous Billy Connolly mural.

Published 1st Jul 2020
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Independently owned Glasgow Beer Works (GBW), formerly Merchant City Brewing, has revealed plans for a new beer garden in the Merchant City.

Situated under the famous John Byrne Billy Connolly mural on Osbourne Street in the city centre, the new beer garden will be an outdoor space for up to 80 guests.

What's on the menu?

The team at GBW have been working with a selection of Glasgow’s favourite street food vendors - Salt N Chilli, Muerte Por Churros and Fire Dog Gourmet Hotdogs - to design the perfect menu of delicious street food to accompany their award-winning brews.

There will also be a range of wines and cocktails, most of which have been sourced from smaller, local suppliers.

The timing of the beer garden in the Merchant City coincides with a complete brand refresh as the award-winning brewers move their production premises to a bigger unit in Glasgow’s east end, to allow them to expand.

The area is free to enter, however guests are encouraged to pre-book a table to avoid missing out on an area. There can be four to six people per table.

Social distancing rules will be adhered to along with table service to ensure safety.

When will it open?

The GBW beer garden will be ready to open on Thursday 9 July pending council approvals and following the latest government advice.

Rhona Wheatley, at GBW said: “We are thrilled to have an opening date to work towards unveiling our gorgeous Glasgow beer garden.

"The Billy Connolly mural provides the perfect backdrop to our beers, at the heart of which is about celebrating the individual spirit of Glaswegians. We want people to get together and laugh with loved ones face-to-face in a safe environment.

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"A lot of people will know us as Merchant City brewing but as we grow and move into new premises we feel that the time is right for a name change and re-brand, reflective of the vibrant and cool Glasgow that we all love.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our absolute priority so we’ve planned every aspect of the beer garden to be safe and to prioritise hygiene.

"We’ll only accept card payments, we’ll be using disposable cups and menus and we’ll frequently clean surfaces in all areas, while all of our staff will be masked and required to wash their hand frequently.

"We plan to open Thursday to Sunday every weekend until the end of August and can’t wait to welcome you. Now all we need to organise is the weather, but not to worry, we’re well prepared for a typically Glasgow summer”.

To book a table, visit the Glasgow Beer Works website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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