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"Get your Blinkers Off Bobby The Barman"

A review of The Clachan Bar by Anton Nueberger written on Thursday 17th of May 2012


Whilst visiting my daughter, Son-In law and new-born grandchild in the Barlanark district of Glasgow, it was suggested that I take my Son-In-Law for a few pints in his local pub, The Clachan. I agreed to meet him down there as I had arranged to meet up with an old Army Friend in another local establishment.

After 2 pints with my associate, we headed to The Clachan as planned. On entrance, I was suitably impressed with the decor and jovial atmosphere as a guitarest and singer, who resembled and sounded like a poor man's Sting, entertained his audience. My Army associate went to the bar whilst I was introduced to my young Son-In-Laws friends.

In a scene, which could be taken clean from an episode of Still Game, The Barman informed my associate that if he had no I.D, he wouldn't be served. Now he's not quite of age for a bus pass yet, but he's no spring chicken, and I was horrified with this decision. We argued our point and were backed up by my young relative and his friends, to no avail. The silver haired Barman point blank refused to serve us until we could prove we were (ahem) over 21. Bobby the Barman getting a power trip it would seem.

At the end of the bar, a Winston-like character sat laughing in astonishment. I had a brief natter with him, and I can't remember if his name was Frank or Dave, but may I take this opportunity to thank him for ssssticking up for us in our quest to get a pint. He informed me he hadn't seen anything like it in 40 years of drinking there.

So, the morale of the story is folkes, if your going along to The Clachan for an alcoholic beveridge, no matter how old you are, make sure you take ID.

My Son-In-Law no longer drinks there to his credit, but I am led to believe there is more atmosphere in a morgue..

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