956 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8LU. Tel: 0141 465 4797.
Named after licensee Gordon Bannister. This well established bar was once called Rex Bar. There’s been a pub on this site since 1871, landlord William Cook occupied the premises until 1875, he also ran a small pub in Main Street, Anderson. Well known Cork Cutters and spirit merchant Robert Goold McKinlay then took over the business, Mr McKinlay’s well established business dated back to 1848 at 439 Argyle Street. The McKinlay family continued serving the customers here right up until 1943.
Mr McKinlay was born in 1824 and lived with his wife Jane in Argyle Street before moving to Sauchiehall Street, by this time they had a large family of 2 sons 3 daughters and a domestic servant living with them.
In 1944 the pub was taken over by J Jamieson who ran this pub until 1973. Many of us will remember the next licensee Walter Boyle, the pub was then well known as the Rex Bar. Gordon Bannister renamed it Bannisters.
From 1994 the pub had been turned around by Landlady Mrs Helen Lockett. Bannisters was once again busy, workers from nearby offices made this their meeting place and many couple met and then married their partners here. Mrs Lockett left Bannisters in 2004.
17th April 2007, just after 12.00,
I went into Bannister’s with my wife for lunch, the pub was quiet and we had the choice to sit anywhere. We sat to the right of the bar, as I took my coat off my wife went to the loo. Two other gentlemen came in for lunch, after looking at the cheap menu I was for the steak pie and wife was going to have Lasagne and a glass of wine. After about 10 minutes wait I had still not been approached by a member of staff, neither had the two businessmen that came in after us. One of them went to the bar to get attention, but totally ignored him.
My stomach made that much noise the police across the road must have heard it, I was starving. After such a wait the businessmen walked out with not even a refreshment, my wife and I followed them out the door. The staff knew we were there in the pub, but they were to involved in their conversation they didn’t bother with four customers which could have been at least £30.00 in the till.
I was taken a back with this silly mistake the staff made, as both my wife and I have dined here before and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I will come back again but I don’t know about the two businessmen, who will probably tell their mates what a disaster Bannister’s was.
TO THE OWNER get your staff trained.
Update November 2016: This establishment has reopened under the name “Strip Joint”.
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This part of Argyle Street was formerly called Dumbarton Road.
Argyle Street is named after the Duke of Argyle, who’s body lay in the Black Bull Hotel in Argyle Street, until he was removed for burial to Kilmun.
Strip Joint. 2017.
After a new refurbishment Bannisters had a new name “Strip Joint” NO NO this is not the kind of place where men or women take their clothes off, well not if they are sober, but the Strip Joint is a good well run bar that serves good food. They serve great Pizza and a cheap lunch menu. Well worth a visit.
This part of Argyle Street was once Dumbarton Road.
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