Islay Inn, Glasgow
Like the nearby Snaffle Bit, the Islay Inn is well-known as being a favourite with guests from the Highlands and Islands. This place is, however, a very different beast. More sedate - even on a Saturday evening - and justifiably well-regarded for its selection of malt whiskies (notably from Islay itself, there being great variety even on that island between the stronger, peat-water based whiskies from the South, and the milder, spring-water based varieties from the North). Whilst we wouldn't advocate your sampling every one, the range is impressive and certainly worth a try. The Islay Inn also places a firm emphasis on live music and, whilst we didn't have a chance to catch any on our (flying) visit, weekends are often a good time to check out traditional Scottish and Irish groups. If you're feeling brave, Sundays often witness an open mic night. Not especially attractive in terms of design, the Islay Inn nevertheless exudes a genuine warmth to the visitor. Just a bit more real ale, chaps, and the rating would be so much the better.
1256-1260 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 8TJ
0141 334 7774
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