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Glasgow's The Admiral bar and club to close down due to ‘site redevelopment’

A popular and long-standing Glasgow pub will close next month due to plans to develop the site.

Published: February 4, 2023

The team behind the Admiral Bar, a popular bar in Glasgow's city centre on Waterloo Street, made the announcement today (4 February) on social media.

The post reads: “The Admiral Bar: After 60 years , 17 in our hands the Admiral will call last orders after Saturday 11th March due to site redevelopment.

"We thank you, the public, the promoters, the event organisers, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR MAGNIFICENT STAFF for all your support through these years. The Admiral has been unique a Community in the city centre. Details of our Closing week parties and future plans to follow

"I had hope to have more time to contact a number of Friends & Djs etc. directly, And to be able to confirm future plans, it appears someone jumped the gun with their presser.

"I'd appreciate unless directly affected a bit of space, this has been a difficult and traumatic time for those directly impacted. Closing a business is one thing, closing a successful, solvent and iconic institution has been another.

"This is merely Au Revoir. Business as usual until 11th March, please book let's make it the busiest and best ever."

The Admiral Bar has been open for 60 years, and the current owners have been behind the bar for the last 17 years.

Admiral bar Glasgow

Back in 2015 we reported that the Admiral Bar may be demolished within a few years if a planning application for an office block is successful.

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In 2015 the Waterloo Street bar, which also hosts club nights, has a lease that runs for another 15 years – but the owner admitted that he might be powerless to stand in the way of a large firm determined to make the plans a reality.

Plans, which are still pending a decision by Glasgow City Council, are to demolish part of the building that The Admiral is in. It'll be replaced with an office block with cafe and restaurant on the ground floor.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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