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Six dog-friendly pubs in Glasgow

There are lots of pubs in Glasgow, and lots of dogs; many of them with owners that like to drink in them. But where would they be most welcome?

Published: March 16, 2015

These pubs – some of them over a century old, others new kids on the block – actively encourage dogs and their owners through their doors, laying out dog bowls and treats and being generally accommodating of man’s best friend. Here are six of our favourites.

13th Note
50-60 King Street, G1 5QT, 0141 553 1638


A vegan bar and cafe on King Street, 13th Note is a light and airy space that regularly hosts live music, theatre and art exhibitions. As grungy as some of the music can be, there are fewer more welcoming pub spaces in the city: as well as being dog-friendly, children are welcome until the evenings. Sri Lankan curry, Thai risotto cakes and year-round haggis, neeps and tatties are among the more eye-catching dishes on 13th Note’s globally-minded menu.

85 Drygate, G4 0UT, 0141 212 8815


Drygate opened last year promising a sleek, foodie-oriented craft beer experience. No expense has been spared with its industrial-inspired wood, concrete and glass interior – it’s deceptively inviting – and as a new drinking den for the East End it’s been a welcome addition to Dennistoun. The upstairs patio-like deck, pictured, looks like a doggy nirvana.

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The Belle
617 Great Western Road, G12 8HX, 0141 339 2299


An increasingly incongruous presence in the West End, The Belle is one of the area’s most down-to-earth pubs. The beer is cheap (and, importantly, good – the draft selection is impressive), the decor is cosy, and the dogs are plentiful, slinking in among the bar’s tight spaces (it gets busy at weekends). If you’re a regular, you’ll know that dogs and their owners love this place.

The Big Slope
36A Kelvingrove Street, G3 7SA, 0141 333 0869,

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The Big Slope has been a longstanding Finnieston favourite. As a contemporary bar with a good selection of beers and a varied menu, with all the gastropub staples you’d expect – burgers, pizza, fish and chips, and so on – it’s always been a great all-rounder. Its intimate interior and beer garden make it a pretty ideal spot for a pint with your canine companion.

The Allison Arms
720 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AD, 0141 423 1661


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The Allison Arms, in Glasgow’s Southside, has been open since 1884. It’s got the atmosphere of an old-timer’s haunt, but its famously excellent selection of German beers stands it apart from its peers, and it’s frequented by locals of all stripes. Its U-shaped bar and plentiful seats enhance its reputation as a friendly, accessible boozer.

Allison Arms

Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, G40 1AW, 0141 550 0135


WEST, confusingly, has two premises on opposite sides of the city. There’s a WEST in the Woodlands area of the city, and there’s a much larger establishment to the east in Glasgow Green. A former carpet factory, the Templeton Building is a handsome and spacious bar that is a-OK for man and dog to relax in (as long as they behave: there exists a doggy ‘dos and dont’s’ board).

Ray Philp has been at the Scotsman since 2011. Since then, he has written widely about music in magazines such as Red Bull Music Academy Magazine and Resident Advisor, and was a former editor and regular contributor at The Skinny magazine.

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