91 Candleriggs, Glasgow. G1 1NP. Tel: 0141 552 5211.
Bar 91. 2005.
The Candleriggs venue, across the road from the City Halls, has remained highly popular all that time, throughout all the changing tastes and fads in bar food and entertainment.
“The bottom line with Bar 91,” says Jonathan Grant, co-owner with Michael Dickson, “is our brilliant customer base, the amazing variety of customers we have been lucky enough to attract over the years.
“We have also been fortunate in terms of our staff. We have managed to keep many of them for a long time, and that has helped.
“What we set out to be, and what we remain, is a good local bar that, hopefully provides people with what they want.”
Reviews reprinted on Bar 91’s website describe it as “cosy with a rustic decor”, where the stone floor “sets it apart from the endless miles of wood in other bars.”
It “enjoys a robust lunchtime trade, serving chunky sandwiches and salads overloaded with greenery.”
Bar 91. 2018.
Another favourable review mentions its “successful blend of a laid-back, unpretentious vibe and quality bar food.”
Bar 91’s food menu offers everything from tapas, flatbreads and burgers to pizzas, chorizo and Stornoway black pudding.
It also has a fine selection of white, red and rose wines.
Jonathan, who praises the long-term dedication and input of his fellow owner, Michael, says: “It’s great to be part of an area that had seen so many changes over the last few years but at the same time I suppose you could say we are part of the old guard here.
Interior view of Bar 91. 2017.
“It’s also going to be interesting to see how the Commonwealth Games impacts on this part of the city. We are looking forward to it.”
One notable feature at Bar 91 is ‘Bootsy’, its goatee-wearing, Afro-wearing mascot above the door.
He is known as Bootsy because he is seen as a dead ringer for Bootsy Collins, the 1970s funk maestro.
The story goes that he was brought in one day by two customers who wanted lunch. They didn’t have enough money to pay the bill, so they left him behind as a deposit. Twenty years later, he is still there. It’s a typical Bar 91 story.
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