It is no secret Glasgow boasts a myriad of quirky bars and hang-out spots, even though sometimes we just end up going to the same spots over and over. What is more, weegies also love their books and bookshops. But what is we told you there’s a place where both worlds merge into one? Hillhead Bookclub delivers a safe space for free thinkers, where Westenders can let their hair down in a primary school library-themed bar.
While the point of a library bar is not quite reading, Hillhead Bookclub hosts spoken word nights, drag nights, queer events, club nights and student nights. Occasionally, there is also a vintage market on a Sunday.
Located on Vinicombe Street, Hillhead Bookclub boasts rich history of Glasgow’s West End. The building was built as a picture house that opened in 1913 and operated until 1992. Hillhead Picture Salon was the epitome of aristocracy in Hillhead, and Hillhead Bookclub bar has restored a lot of the original features of this beautifully unique building, such as the arched ceilings.
What is truly interesting about this building is that it’s completely fireproof: it’s been innovatively constructed with iron and concrete, meaning it can never fully burn down.
In Hillhead Bookclub, every is invited and encouraged to be themselves. On top of the fun events, guests can pop in for a wee brunch until 2pm, enjoy Taco Tuesdays or usual dinner plans during the rest of the week, as well as indulge in a cocktail or six.
Most famous for their munchie boxes and burgers, the bar offers a wholesome menu of pub classics and finger food. Opt for the Katsu Chicken Burger with panko fried chicken, katsu sauce, pak choi, kimchi, cumin aioli in-between a sesame and poppy seed brioche bun. And to wash it all down, we love the Watermelon Margarita with Herradura reposado tequila, watermelon, citrus and watermelon sherbet.
We love a good library bar, and with a vibe like Hillhead Bookclub, it’s bound to be the go-to spot for many.