I absolutely love this place. Blue Dog, you can be my new favourite bar of all time. Cocktails, a grand piano in the corner being played and just general fabulousness all packaged up is what this place is.
Colin and I went in for drinks after Hairspray at the Kings on Tuesday night. The place is open till 3 most nights, and at weekends there's normally a pianist on till close, but on Tuesday there wasn't. The temptation to go up was absolutely killing me. The substantial cocktail menu got my seal of approval and I sampled a few - all delicious. The staff are all so well dressed and make each cocktail with ease - even if you ask for something not listed.
You can also get a blue dog card, which gets you specific discounts and deals depending on what's written on the "Blue Dog Card Holders" board on the wall, which is good because it's a pretty expensive bar to stay in for a substantial period of time. Fab place though, shall be back more than once!
I heard about this for some long time so I had to turn back to Glasgow a few times in order to visit the place. Is a monday night, the place is quiet, music is somethin like rock'n roll and people start gatherig here since like 20 minutes and that is now (22.50) monday and raining. The guy behind the bar is doing his job well and professionally. The place have a piano but didn't heard it yet. Other reviews say they play it. Will see. I had an Auchentoshan 12 wood Old Fashined. Quite sweet for my my taste but this is me personally. More the Negroni drinker. I give it 4 because the place will be just perfect if it won't smell as a club, an be a bit fresher. But again, i may be on a wrong day. Still the stale beer smell is a bit not at its place in a cocktail bar. Interior design is classic and combines the brick wall design with some sofas. Here I would call it a bit chaotic but in the same time cossy so again a " - + " situation. The card is easy to read and clear, a good selection of drinks and tastes well explained. The athmosphere is quiet right now but it looks more the sort of place totally full and crowded on a friday & saturday night. Brings a bit the feeling of dance bar/small club but still have the sofas and the long bar where you can stare a the bartender trying to intimidating him. I failed. If you got already to this point of reading i will say try it is a good place to be. Plus there is a pretty large selection of beers on tap and bottle... Prices are slightly high for the location but they fit their taste. Anyway, txs for reading.
J'adore le chien bleu!
Terrible parlez-vous francais-ing aside, remain a loyal fan of this place and have been for years now.
The guys in here really know what they're doing and it's never been a problem for them to whip you up a drink that's not on the menu! The cocktails are fairly pricey but absolutely worth it. In the case of cocktails, I find you really do get what you pay for (hands up who's had one of those awful pitchers of ''Cosmopolitan'' that's 90% cranberry and ice and not much else just 'cause it was a fiver?....Thought so!) and I have no problem forking out a few more quid when I know the quality is this high.
My main gripe with this place is that it goes from dead to mobbed reeeeally quickly, and the chances are that after 8pm-ish, you're not getting a seat in here at the weekend. Not great if you're starting the night off standing about.
How wrong was I?! So for years I'd turned my wee snozzle up at this joint thinking it simply an office workers post work drinking joint that's just full of suits, overpriced drinks and folks with fake tan. Well people, I'm here today to tell you I was wrong.
Wandering in here after a few drams at The Pot Still I was pretty surprised to see that the airport waiting room type establishment that I had always consided this place to look like, was infact a nice wee snug joint that's been decked out to simply ooze cool and laid back vibe.
After a quick chat with the bar dude, a quite stunning whisky cocktail (including Ardbeg) was thrust into our gobs, quickly followed by noises of appreciation and affirmative head nodding.
I will return to this place. I will hang my head in shame for not having done so until now. Here I go *hangs head in shame* See, I told you.
I have now been to this bar on several occasions and on all of them have always felt very welcome and relaxed. The bar is spacious with numerous comfortable seats, however, a couple of large parties would fill the bar easily. I have often passed this bar and felt rather under dressed in my usual attire. I have been in this bar for both a leaving do in which I was suited and booted like the rest of the establishment and I have been in wearing my In flames hoodies with cargo trousers. On both times its still a nice place!
The staff are lovely and welcoming and on a good night, play a great song list. I think it was the managers song list that night (I didn't mind as there was lots of CCR).
So the cocktail menu! Just get your ass there and try it. All of it! I don't care if you have to remortgage your house to drink in it just try all the beautiful cocktails. My personal favourite is a super zombie. At twenty two pounds it is pricey but I feel worth it. As you have probably guessed by the last two statements this place is pricey. However, I would ask that you place this aside and judge the place only on the cocktails themselves. If you do you will see a great bar that is worth going back to time and time again!
Cocktails + Jen = happy. Good cocktails + Jen = SUPER happy.
Blue Dog is a classy-ish establishment, a lovely cocktail bar, and one of the big perks for me is it's open until 3am. When most bars have shut up shop and I don't want to dance, but keep drinking or chatting the night away, you'll find me in Blue Dog.
The cocktails are really, really good. I have since had better (they were connosieur, and deserved every single one of the 5 stars) but the barstaff here are still professional mixologists who know what they're doing. The signature Blue Dog is a favourite, but my go-to is always a caiprinha and the Dog make them strong. Make that 4 for me!
There is live music, and it's a shame the piano player has been ditched. It's not very big so can be hard to get a seat. The usual clientelle is far from the Fresher's crowd, and can be a bit suits-and-egos at times, but no one gives you any hassle and I certainley have never felt out of place.
Many-a-time I've stayed until closing which, on a Saturday night in Glasgow, is a compliment. Sometimes things can go downhill around the 2am mark but Blue Dog has kept it classy everytime I've been (although does sitting on the stairs with the barman sharing a samosa at 2.40am count as "keeping it classy"? My best friend being the guilty subject.)
Right, I adore cocktails, but usually the sort you get most pubs and clubs are watered down and rubbish. I admittedly also don't like to spend too much, so the prices at Blue Dog made me gulp a bit.
Didn't matter, the short drink I got was worth every penny--quality booze without skimping, mixed by someone who knew what they were doing and served in a classy manner. The barstaff were cheerful young souls who Knew Their Stuff. They were happy to come up with some creative drinks and make change for a group of young burds who weren't likely to be spendy early on a Friday night. The music was quiet, allowing for us to talk, which for me is critical in a cocktail bar.
Only reason there aren't five stars here is because the place smelled a bit like cleaning solution, and I could see it would get a bit crowded in a not-fun way once business picked up.
This is my new favourite drinking establishment in Glasgow.
Blue Dog is my favourite cocktail bar, it has such a nice atmosphere that I've never experienced in any other bars in Glasgow. I have to admit, the recent change of the cocktail menu is strange as they seem to have taken off all the good ones. Hopefully they will come to their senses soon!
They used to have a cocktail called a Chocolate Mintini which was Baileys, chocolate liqueur, mint liqueur and fresh cream. It was amazing and was served with a little selection of chocolate. I am gutted they don't do it anymore as I used to get so excited even just thinking it!
They also have entertainment which is nice, a magician who has a lot of good tricks up his sleeve and a girl who sings and plays the piano, I really like it when she's there as she has a beautiful voice and you can just chill and sip away on your cocktail.
I have many nice memories of nights in Blue Dog and I'm sure I'll have many more, I just hope they bring back the Chocolate Mintini!
I am torn - seriously torn. I want to give this place 3.5. BUT for old time's sake and since it has been a while since I have been I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt.
This place used to be sweet. Excellent cocktails and a live pianist playing jazz or singing some old time tunes - elton john, ben folds, frank sinatra etc. It was like an oldfashioned cocktail bar for the new age and i LOVED it.
BUT then they changed the drinks menu (though can make you whatever you want); the pianist got ditched for a really loud 3 piece band; it got just a little busier each time we went; the floor and the tables were a little stickier and the place seemed to be turning into one of these afterwork bars for loud suits with ego issues to get wasted after a day pushing paper.
So I am going to give you a chance to redeem yourself Blue Dog - please clean up your act by Christmas or you will be making this girl really disappointed and ready to get her cocktail fix in a real classy Boston joint.
I've been coming here a couple of years now, and though the new cocktail menu is a bit hit and miss, it's probably still my favourite place in Glasgow.
Blue dog is a proper old style cocktail bar complete with pianists, jazz bands or a magician, depending on what night you visit. it's one of the only high-end bars I've been to that doesn't feel like it's trying too hard, and it's this effortlessness and relaxed feel that keeps me coming back here.
The staff are also quite friendly, one guy even went to the shop to get egg whites for a cocktail I'd ordered. There should be more places like this.
P.S. ask for a Wichita Julip. It's not on the menu anymore but they usually still make it.
I love how luxurious and indulgent going for a cocktail seems and there is nothing quite as grand as sipping a carefully concocted cocktail at the bar of the Blue Dog. My boyfriend and I headed here for a celebratory drink after my graduation and it certainly fitted the bill. I had a the Blue Dog cocktail itself which was delicious and my boyfriend opted for a lovely masculine pink, strawberry one (which he attempted to pass off on me, claiming I must be jealous when I was quite happy with my glam blue one hehe).
They were pricey (around £6 each) but you don't mind spending that on a special occasion and they taste divine. You feel truly spoiled here.
Somehow it manages to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. Despite its grandeur you wouldn't be out of place in here in fairly casual attire (smart-casual right enough). Lovely little place that I will keep coming back to when I want a treat.
A bar with live piano music in Glasgow? Glasgow? Did they know what they were doing? Well, it seems so.
This bar has some cracking staff and knowledgable too. I had one of the best Old Fashioneds I've had in the city here and enjoyed it emensley with the piano music tinkering away in the background. I highly recommend the Coffee and TV cocktail as its made with Patron XO Cafe - perhaps the best coffee flavoured tequila on the market!
£6 a cocktail isn't as bad as it may sound as you are paying for top notch service and the nice surrondings. This place does it's trade at night, and late night, so it's a good stop out for an after work drink of if you fancy having a drink after normal pub hours without going to a club. Very good service and the some of the best cocktails in the city. Magic
not a place to go on a regular basis, without seriously damaging your bank balance. that said, this is a great little cocktail bar! i don't think i've ever not enjoyed a trip here.
the cocktail list is extensive, and mostly classic, and the decor is comfortable and pretty swish. the live music - jazz / blues / a lone songster at the piano - adds a shedload of atmosphere (and they occasionally take requests too!).
make sure you visit in a relaxed state of mind, as sometimes it can take quite a while to get served - but this is only a minor quibble. go get merry!
A lovely little late night bar on West George St, open until 3am. It is especially popular with people who work in the hospitality industry, thristy after a hard evening's work they pop in for a quick pint. Or for those who aren't quite ready to go home come midnight, but equally aren't quite ready for a club. There's an amazing range of delicious and unusual cocktails complemented by very talented, knowledgeable and friendly bar staff. Can be a bit quiet at times during the week, but at weekends this place is mobbed, particularly after midnight. They have live jazz music which fits in well with the general ambiance. Cocktails aren't cheap, but are worth every penny.
As someone who doesn't venture into city centre bars much at the weekend any more I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to this one. Recommended by someone who uses is regularly after work, I found it an enjoyable experience. The cocktails (and I mean proper ones, not silly ones), were of a very good standard. The jazz was of a similarly good and grown up standard. The decor and surroundings were not showy but quietly luxurious (gorgeous fresh flowers when I was there), and the bar staff professional. Overall I was impressed by this place, as so many city centre bars just seem totally synthetic and out to squeeze every penny from their customers.
I'd say this place is definately THE best cocktail bar in glasgow. Yes, it is expensive, however you are paying for the massive choice and the fab staff, who just happen to make the most amazing cocktails ever. Nice place to go after a shift as it's open late, i Love late night drinks in here. Great atmosphere, price is high but worth it.
In my opinion its aTouch of class. Relaxing and well worth a visit
I've been going to Blue Dog for a few years and I've always loved it. The new(ish) cocktail menu is once again full of cool original ideas and most of the ones I've tried have been pretty good. Drinks are always well-made and the staff have generally got good chat.
However, in recent months I've noticed that service is starting to go downhill. Recently, I was acknowledged by someone I've considered to be a very good bartender in the year or so that he's worked there while he was serving somebody else, only to have to wait while he then served a couple who had come to the bar after me before getting to me. A couple of weeks prior to that a different member of staff moaned when I ordered a drink that requires two cocktail shakers and I ended up having something else instead. Both of these occassions were midweek, and both were highly disappointing.
I've always defended Blue Dog to my mates when they complained about how long it can take to get served, because I can appreciate that if the guys on the bar have got a round of four or five cocktails it will take a while for them to get to their next customer, but if they can't keep an eye on the order that people are coming to their section of the bar then they just aren't doing their jobs properly.
I'm not keen on the new Wetherspoonesque uniforms either, although I do appreciate the fact that they're now using measures, because it seemed as though some of the staff weren't particularly good at freepouring.
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