With the majority of pubs closing on New Year’s Day in 1890, one of the pubs on Argyle Street decided to ignore the ‘advice’ and stayed open. Much to the publican’s delight, it was mobbed! The snippet reads:
One of our subscribers in Argyle Street, Glasgow, informs us that on New Year’s Day his premises were visited by over 4000 customers. The stream of visitors was continuous and in not over 20 instances was a whole glass of spirits ordered. Ober 1200 twopenny pies in addition to piles of sandwiches were consumed, and the principal liquors ordered were beer and aerated waters. The great bulk of people were evidently from the country.
Staying open on New Year’s day certainly paid off for this publican!