239 North Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow. G3 7DL. Tel: 0141 221 0061.
The Cross. 2005.
In recent years this pub has had numerous names, so many I can’t remember them all, If you can Please let us know.
In 2000 this was known as the Jedi Bar.
The Jedi Bar.2000.
The Jedi Bar was shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet. The pub was well known for it’s Star Wars decor and attracted many fans of the films. Outside you had one door enterance with two massive rocket engines on each side. The pub had three large projector screens and customers could play console games. In the summer you could enjoy a glass of cold beer and wine if that is you tipple, in the beer garden.
Update…2002 Jedi Bar has closed.
The Halcyon Bar. 2004.
The Halcyon Bar opened shortly after the Jedi Bar closed in 2002. Unfortunately it only lasted for a short while and closed in March 2004.
Update December 2005…
Passing North Street today and noticed that this pub is now called Chinaski’s.
Chinaski’s. 2018. Tel: 0141 221 0061.
The bar is named after Henry Chinaski, the biographical protagonist of several works by the American writer Charles Bukowski.
Henry Charles “Hank” Chinaski is the literary alter ego of the American writer Charles Bukowski, appearing in five of Bukowski’s novels, a number of his short stories and poems, and in the films Barfly and Factotum. Although much of Chinaski’s biography is based on Bukowski’s own life story, the Chinaski character is still a literary creation that is constructed with the veneer of what the writer Adam Kirsch calls “a pulp fiction hero.” Works of fiction that feature the character include Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live With the Beasts (1965), Post Office (1971), South of no North (1973), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), Ham on Rye (1982), Hot Water Music (1983), Hollywood (1989), and Septuagenarian Stew (1990). He is also mentioned briefly in the beginning of Bukowski’s last novel, Pulp.
Chinaski is a writer who worked for years as a mail carrier. An alcoholic, womanising misanthrope, he serves as both the protagonist and antihero of the novels in which he appears, which span from his poverty-stricken childhood to his middle age, in which he finds some small success as a screenwriter.
Open every day from noon ’til midnight, food is served every day until 9pm. http://www.chinaskis.com
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