Our Ethos

We’re serious about real ale

Taps-resizeUnder the current management Blackfriars has established itself as a quality Real Ale and Craft Beer pub of international repute. We love our beer and we only serve what we like to drink ourselves. This guiding principle has seen us win CAMRA’s Glasgow Pub Of The Year twice recently. On both occasions our cellar staff were lauded for the care and attention to detail that they display.

We have five real ales on tap at any one time. These are rotated every few days so if you want to keep up to date you can pop in for a sample or follow the daily updates on our Twitter feed.

We rotate between what we believe are among the best brewers currently around including: Tempest, Tryst, Dark Star, Crouchvale, Kelburn, Inveralmond, Fallen and Spectrum amongst others.

If you are unsure where to start with real ales ask our bar staff for a recommendation or a sample. Ale drinkers have shrugged off the woolly jumpers and pipe smoking image of bygone decades. In the modern age of natural, unprocessed food and drink the high quality micro breweries we favour are leading the way forward.

One of the hippest and most satisfying ways to while away an hour or two is by sampling the city’s biggest selection of Craft Beers available in Blackfriars. We have five cask ales on at any one time, a dozen beer taps and over forty international, bottled beers.

“Blackfriars is one of the best real ale pubs in Glasgow and has won CAMRA’s Glasgow Pub of the Year twice. It is a rarity in the Merchant City, among the myriad of style bars, restaurants and cafes – a traditional pub, serving a diverse clientele.” – Robin Jones (Chairman of Glasgow & West of Scotland CAMRA).

Carrying on an age old tradition of basement clubs supporting the most exciting and vibrant underground music scenes, our basement venue hosts regular club nights. We have the best DJs and bands playing the hippest music from the 1950’s and 60’s through to present day cutting edge sounds. The basement is also available to hire for private functions, gigs and club nights. Take a look at our events calendar to see what’s on this month.