We do love a nice bar in a quirky location. Secession Bar is the freshest addition to Glasgow’s West End, located in the former Lansdowne Church on Great Western Road. It’s where the old meets the new, as the historic location has been freshly refurbished, with a swanky beer garden outside and a regal décor indoors. Secession Bar opened its doors on May 12 and is a welcome neighbour to the Websters Theatre, a playhouse and meeting rooms already present within the reimagined church.
While the historic building already boasts one bar within the theatre, a second bar was always included in the vision of the former Lansdowne Church. The owners wanted to introduce a socialising spot that is open to anyone and everyone, without the obligation to visit the theatre.
Guests can expect to witness the original features of the church and an extensive cocktail list, accompanied by a food and pickles menu.
Those in need of some healing can opt for Penicillin, a riskily named concoction with Jameson’s, honey, ginger, lemon and soda, while those into the supernatural kind of things can go for the Corps Reviver, with Beefeater gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, Lemon and Absinthe.
But don’t worry, as not all the cocktails are as risky: the Spritz section of the menu offers some refreshing options, such as the Gustav Spritz with Strawberry, prosecco and soda, or the Italicus Spritz made with Italicus, prosecco and soda.
So, Secession Bar within its antique arcs and gorgeous stained glass windows is the perfect spot to unwind on a sunny day catching up with your pals, whether you’re drinking alcohol or not.