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Babbity Bowster

16-18 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow G1 1PE, Scotland
Babbity Bowster
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us each chose different main courses and each of us thought they were totally delicious. The deserts also were scrumptious. The red wine we chose was too cold to serve so we were offered a round of drinks on the house while we waited for it to warm up. How's that for service!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Glasgow with a friend in December and came across this gem of a place. I chose this hotel because it's small & independent and it looked rustic and homely. Got really good service, the food is really good, and we got a free night because we did a really small favour for the hotel. Would definitely go back.

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Warragul, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This centrally-located restaurant has a downstairs section with live music and an upstairs part which is light and airy. The service is fantastic, the food is Scottish - and delicious - and there's a non-noisy atmosphere in which to enjoy both. I can't wait to go again!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My husband, son and I stayed here in September. The rooms were simple and clean, and the staff very friendly. We had lunch in their pub and heard local musicians playing together on a Wednesday evening. Later we watched European football with the staff and other patrons in the pub. Be aware that shampoo and soap are not provided, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What a wonderful place to use as a home base to visit Glasgow. Fraser and Margaret are onsite owners who care about their people. The patrons are friendly and authentic Glaswegians who appreciate the authentic music of Scotland and a great pub. The upstairs restaurant was amazing. What American ever had ox cheeks? but...trust me this was amazing....as were the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have frequented Babbity Bowster as a pub for a number of years. It's a well known Glasgow pub/restaurant in the Merchant City in Glasgow. It's probably best known for the folk music sessions which spontaneously erupt late on Saturday afternoon and last into the evening. These aren't planned concerts, but just a number of amateur musicians who get together... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Very friendly place to stay - also very patient when we came back after a few drinks at a family christening! The rooms are clean and had a lot of hanging space. A shelf would have been handy rather than one really high or using the bottom of the wardrobe. I hate myself saying this but the rooms really do... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This could be what some other reviewers claim but it needs a wee kick up the bum. It needs some love lavished on it and the rooms are primitive. It felt so run down. The staff were helpful but didnt feel like an establishment that the owners spent much time at.

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Los Angeles, California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

Referred by a friend to stay here and it was just the coolest concept. Awesome location, cool pub and then rooms for rent upstairs. Stayed with a friend one night while doing a UK roadtrip, this was a special place to stay! Tried haggis for the first time and it was delicious. Then sat behind this large choir group that... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I have visited Babbity Bowster on numerous occasions. It is a great place to have a Scottish Style meal and enjoy a wee drink in a nice atmosphere. The prices are very reasonable for a premises situated within the City Centre. If you never been I would recommend that you give it a visit and see what I mean.

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