A popular bar on one of Glasgow’s most up and coming districts has shocked regulars by announcing that it won’t open after a refurbishment.

Distill, in Finnieston’s Argyll street, made the abrupt announcement yesterday after seeming to hint at discontent with the area, which has exploded in popularity in recent years.

The pub, which hosted DJs and was popular for food, was known for years as Ivy before the threat of legal action by the prestigious London eatery of the same name forced them to change their name.

The bar’s Facebook post said: “It’s time to get the hell off this rapidly changing street. The refurb becomes a closure and with it a welcomingly deep breath.

“It’s been the best of times and the worst of times, good friends have come and gone and we’ve learned more than we could have imagined.

“Thanks to all who have supported us throughout and to those that haven’t, we won’t miss you. Peace and integrity are wonderful things and we will take them with us to projects new.”

Regulars were quick to share their stories of the venue and expressed sadness that the pub and eatery was no more.

Ally Ferguson wrote: “Genuinely sorry to hear it’s the end of Distill. Great spot, great drinks, food, and tunes & great staff.
“All the best to who worked there in whatever ventures the future holds!”

The owners signed off with a nod to the Ivy, which is opening a branch in Glasgow, writing: ”

“LONG LIVE IVY (and not that bloody nonsense opening in the city center).”

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