244 Garscube Road, Glasgow.
There has been a pub on this site since at least 1882. The occupier John MacLachlan of G & J MacLachlan of the Castle Vaults and Castle Blend of Scotch Whisky, also owned a public house on Park Road called the Blythswood Cottage.
Mr MacLachlan continued to run this pub until 1905 when he gave up the business to concentrate on his other establishment in Park Road.
John Griffin then took over the pub, he ran another establishment on Hospital Street on the south side of the city, which became known as the Turf Bar. The locals called it the Griffin.
As one can imagine, when you have a pub next to your close, you had to pass old winey’s on your way up the stairs, this wasn’t as bad, as, most nights you had to pass many of these drunkin bums pissin up the walls. It must have been a chore for the ladies washing the closes the following morning if they ever got cleaned at all.
The Griffin family continued to serve the locals in the Garscube Road establishment until it was demolished in the 1970s.