Old College Bar, High Street, Glasgow

Seemingly the oldest bar in glasgow, and the amount of bleach they use to clean the floor I fear what they are trying to hide 😉

Great Old mans pub, friendly service and customers. Toilets old but clean. Passes the test!

Where is it:- Old College Bar

12 Responses to “Old College Bar, High Street, Glasgow”

  1. John Devanney Says:

    Not recommended for anybody with an English accent!!
    Myself & a work collegue unfortunately entered this “pub” after a six hour journey to be told we had “had enough to drink tonight” – I am baffled to how they came to this conclusion as we were trying to buy our first pint of the day! The only explanation I can muster is down to hostility towards the English accent we have, an accent of which I am very proud since losing my English mother in May this year, a lady who loved Scotland & her people.
    I will add that I am disgusted at the racial selection of who these people will serve and justify their actions with the “right to reserve” laws, an action I must say I have never witnessed in England against any Scottish man or woman purely for being Scottish. I am also proud to know that.
    All I did wrong was drive to Glasgow, decide to have a pint & pick the wrong bar to drink in, I would have appreciated more honesty & have been told it was because I was English, instead of stating it was because I had drank too much when I had had nothing to drink before this occurence, because I could have pointed out the fact that I am actually Irish & from Donegal, where an accountable number of tourists come from who will now, after explaining this will rightfully boycott this bar, along with any other friends of mine, whether English Scottish, Irish or Welsh, as I do get along with all of these nationalities – unlike this “pub”!

  2. John Devanney Says:

    I really believe the last comment may get deleted so just to let you know I will be posting these TRUE comments anywhere relevant, even to a solicitor because if this was about skin colour instead of accents then I’m sure the staff would have thought twice, as discrimination against skin colour seems to concern the government moreso than nationality…an Englishman can be treated as 2nd class in the UK by certain individuals……..ok, why not take England away & leave it to Scotland, Wales & N.Ireland, we’ll see the UK would not be anywhere near as prosperous, go it alone, please then maybe my income tax will come down because my tax money won’t be building a seperatist Scottish parliament.
    Why hate the English? We have not done anything to you that you haven’t done to us….

  3. admin Says:

    Why would your comment be deleted? It is a review site and what you have posted is how you felt when you were there. I’m surprised of this as the college bar is pretty popular with tourists looking for the oldest pub in town. As for your second post, I can possibly see where the we dont want to serve you response came from!

  4. michael Says:

    I have no idea whether you were refused service because of your accent or not. You don’t appear to have any evidence for the assertion – most pubs in Glasgow are full of English people. Perhaps some of you HAD had a bit to drink on the 6 hour drive, to em… High Street? (hey , it happens to us all….)

    I walked out of a pub in London sfter being called a “Scotch c***” by one of the regulars to hoots of laughter from his friends. This was a Wetherspoons in Holborn, not some crappy backstreet bar. This particular incident tuined my night, and my holiday and – given the general level of hostility towards Scots in the English media etc. – I haven’t been tempted back.

    It’s a shame you used the incident as an excuse to attack everyone in Scotland (NI and Wales) using the usual tired stereotyping (we are scroungers… gee, how original). This says more about you. I am not too bothered that you won’t be coming back. We get enough of this crap as it is. *shrug*

  5. ERIC Says:

    I would never tarnish a whole nation(even england)with one brush just because some uneducated twit called me SCOTCH GIT,or tight,jock,i couldnt count how many times its happened to me down south.the stereotyping is silly.thats like me saying England won the war single handed.and we all know its as mythical as nessie.that it was usa & russia and it wasnt churchill who was in charge!It was one pub out of thousands!

  6. rob Says:

    If it helps I have been refused my first pint in pubs before for ‘having too much’. This is generally because i have exhausted myself during the day and look groggy and unsteady on my feet – this could be your case after 6 hours of travel.

  7. andy Says:

    hi sorry to hear about your encounter in the old college bar as previous bloggers have said most of us scots are more than welcoming so please come back also i think the oldest pub in glasgow is the clutha vaults at the bottom of stockwell street the name clutha is gaelic for clyde i think

  8. GARY INGLIS Says:

    I would like to say sorry to anyone who has been offended by the attitude of staff in this pub but believe me things are changing. I have recently took over the lease at the Old College Bar on 7th March 2011. Over the next 8 weeks the bar is due to be redecorated and toilets refurbished and as pointed out the outside cleaned up.

  9. Stuart Rankin Says:

    I worked in this pub for over 13 years until recently. The staff generally had an excellent attitude and have been praised for their friendliness and welcoming nature by people from all over the world, including England. From about November last year until about February, there were a large group of English workers who wouldn’t drink anywhere else and loved the pub. Sorry to hear about being knocked back but I can assure you it wouldn’t have been your accent that caused it.

  10. christine cooper Says:

    joe was this the pub we saw at the corner of the hotel lol.

  11. James Stephen Kerr Says:

    Having lived in Glasgow all my life and very proud to be a Glaswegian,i recently visited the Old College Bar with my nephew who is over from the USA, he wanted to visit some real old bars in the city so i took him into the Scotia bar as this is one of our oldest pubs in Glasgow, We got talking to one of the regulars and he told me that i should take him up to the Old College Bar.
    When we got there we were met by Gary behind the bar who couldn’t have been more helpful and was clued up on the history of the bar and allowed us to take some pictures.
    Sadly the pub is to close in five years so anyone out there wanting to visit the bar better get there skates on,,,,,,,,

  12. annie Says:

    Having been a long term regular of the old college bar i can assure everyone that there is no biased attitude towards anybody within the old collge bar everyone is made welcome it is a great friendly wee pub im sorry you felt you were unfairly treated i honestly cant understand why as the other comments left have stated that we have workmen from england also students who love this bar and wouldnt drink anywhere else.

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