Byres Rd - West End, Glasgow

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  • Botanical Gardens, Entrance in Springtime
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    Botanical Gardens, West End Glasgow
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    Cobbled Streets of Glasgow - Great Food Too!

    by scotlandscotour Updated May 19, 2004

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    Ashton Lane - West End Glasgow

    This hidden away secret of Glasgow is, in my mind, a Must See.

    With your back to Hillhead Underground station, on Byers Road in the West End, turn left then left again, down a rather uninspiring back street, called Ashton Lane. Around the corner you'll see this.

    Busy at night, and very popular, with good bars and food, it has a friendly, lively atmosphere.

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    Look For The Gates - Free Entry to Peaceful Garden

    by scotlandscotour Written May 19, 2004

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    Junction of Great Western Road & Byers Road

    As in my previous tip, head for the Botanical Gardens to rejuvinate yourself after a morning of traffic, noise, bussle and buildings.

    At the top of Byers Road, where it meets the Great Western Road, you'll see opposite these black gates. Rush to them like a caravan train to an oasis!

    The West End is well worth spending half a day round, combining with exploring the University area. Of course, if you stay at Bunkums Backpackers or one of many hotels here, you'll be close by.

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    Beautiful Tranquility in the City - Gardens

    by scotlandscotour Written May 19, 2004

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    Botanical Gardens, Entrance in Springtime

    In Glasgow I soon tire of the noise, fumes and traffic, the blinding light off concrete and the relentless neon, shop signs and advertising - so then I head for calm and tranquility:

    Go to the Botanical Gardens, whilst out in the West End. At the northern end of Byers Road is a messy road junction with the Great Western Road, and then opposite is a very unassuming gate into a wonderful garden and peaceful, soothing colours. Just 10 minutes there will rejuvinate you.

    Good places to eat and shop in the west end too.

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    Arty, Trendy West End - Worth Nosing Around!

    by scotlandscotour Written May 19, 2004

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    Signs at Entrance to Ruthven Lane, West End

    To get the flavour of Glasgow, you really should include the West End, and by that I mean Byers Road and its side roads, the Botanic Gardens and BBC Scotland, Ashton Lane and the University around Hillhead.

    This photo shows the entrance to a tiny lane - Ruthven Lane - opposite Hillhead Underground Station. Its not obvious, despite guidebooks fleshing it out to be more than it is - but, it is never the less worth having a look, just to see a side of glasgow different to the Football / Bars / Chip Shops image that pervades.

    I hope you can read the individual signs - view full size, if possible.

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    Gardens - Go Enjoy The Botanical Gardens, West End

    by scotlandscotour Written May 19, 2004

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    Botanical Gardens, West  End Glasgow

    It is almost a relief to find spaces like the Botanical Gardens, having spent a morning or two walking the streets, museums and shops.

    Take a picnic (there is a good supermarket nearby on Byers Road) and relax!!!

    Free to go in, and is a sea of tranquility in a city of noise.

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  • Live music

    by footloosegirl Updated Jul 29, 2005

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    The Halt Bar, on Woodlands Road, could be easily by-passed for looking like nothing special, but venture in on a Saturday night and you will find a diverse crowd of punks, goths and Average Joes', all assembled for the Halt's famous open-mic night. The acts are always interesting to say the least, and even on a poor night there is still brilliant house guitarist Zac (who really should've been discovered by now) and his merry men to lead the proceedings. Gigs by unsigned bands can also be seen at Ivory Blacks on Oswald St in the city centre (formerly Strawberry Fields), although this is best avoided if standing amongst a crowd of sweaty, restless adolescents is your idea of hell, as the majority of gigs here are for those 14+. There is, of course, still a bar here, but if you would prefer to mix with a slightly more mature crowd, head a few doors along Oswald St and turn left, where under the bridge you will find Rockers. There is still the odd 'unders' gig but most of the time the stern door staff ensure that only those of legal age get in. You will probably hear the music bursting out of this place before you see it, and inside it has a rough, almost underground feel. There is also a waitress service here, so you don't even need to miss a minute of the action on-stage! A pub that does exactly what it says on the tin!

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    Ashton Lane

    by clivedinburgh Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    Festive lighting in the lane

    Ashton Lane is a hidden gem (well to some) just off Byre's Road. The lanes in this area were originally for stables and lots of these have been converted to shops, bars and restaurants. This cobbled lane is flanked by several bars and eateries that are all have an individual lure to tempt you within their doors.

    These are (from North to South)

    Ashoka (famous indian restaurant)
    Jinky McGinty's
    Ubequitous Chip
    Vodka Vodka
    Mimmo's Brasserie
    The Lane with The Loft above
    Grovsenor Cinema
    Brel
    Cul de Sac
    Radio with Nude above

    Other bars of note in the area are

    Bar Budda (lane just North Of Ashton Lane)
    Tennants on Byres Road

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    Urban life in the West End

    by callumsmith1234 Written May 13, 2007

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    Byres road and the west end of Glasgow is chic, lively and student filled. The nearby Glasgow University makes the west end a student hot spot with fantastic vintage shops and a great atmosphere its a great idea to hop on the subway and take a trip out west. The Botanic gardens is also located here, this beautiful garden features glasshouses with amazing plants and the grassy areas around are a great place for a picnic on a nice day.

    For eating and drinking you are spoilt for choice, the West end features numerous restaurants ansd bars, most of which are really great and reasonably priced. Ashton lane has many great eateries. My favourites in the west end are Brel on Ashton Lane and "La Creperie" on Byres road (Amazing sweet and savoury crepes in a french style cafe).

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  • Second-hand goldmine

    by footloosegirl Written Jul 28, 2005

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    Take a trip down Ruthven Lane, just off Byres Road, where you will find The Glory Hole. Aptly named, this little offshoot from the bustle and business of Byres Road, is filled with a host of second-hand goods, with a wider and more interesting selection than your average second hand shops. Within the building, there are four or five little shops, including a clothes shop which sells good quality and often designer second hand clothes, and also an Aladdin's Cave of bric-a-brac such as old currency, records, stained glass windows and even road signs! A real find, where anyone who appreciates the nearly new could spend hours.

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    Kelvinbridge night out

    by clivedinburgh Written Dec 17, 2005

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    I used to live here and have recently seen several bars that have opened or been re-developed to complement the older institutions along Great Western Road. I would recommend the following (running from East to West)

    Junkyard Dog (formerly Oblomov)
    The Landsdowne
    The Big Blue
    Coopers (formerly Bar Oz)
    The Viper Club (formerly Cleopatras or Clatty pats) - bar early evening then club later
    Hubbards
    Oran Mor

    See the nightlife tips for in more details.

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  • Go to the Botanic Gardens -...

    by katiejt Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Go to the Botanic Gardens - it's lovely. See Kibble Palace, the big greenhouse.
    If it's at all sunny, this is just a lovely place to have a wander, and relax. When it's a nice day lots of people come here to sunbathe and meet friends.

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  • Relax at Byres Road

    by hasansaaid Written Nov 23, 2011

    There is plenty things you can do at Byres Road. I discribe Byres Road as Small Happening Shopping Area.

    In the weekend you can just drop by at Hillhead Library that situated along Byres Road. After that you can relaxing at bar or coffe shop nearby.

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    Urban life in the West End

    by callumsmith1234 Written May 13, 2007

    Byres road and the west end of Glasgow is chic, lively and student filled. The nearby Glasgow University makes the west end a student hot spot with fantastic vintage shops and a great atmosphere its a great idea to hop on the subway and take a trip out west. The Botanic gardens is also located here, this beautiful garden features glasshouses with amazing plants and the grassy areas around are a great place for a picnic on a nice day.

    For easting and drinking you are spoilt for choice, the West end features numerous restaurants ansd bars, most of which are really great and reasonably priced. Ashton lane has many great eateries. My favourites in the west end are Brel on Ashton Lane and "La Creperie" on Byres road (Amazing sweet and savoury crepes in a french style cafe).

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    Byres road

    by 10110 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This is the main street in the West end. I love this street. They have a lot of good shops, pubs and restaurants. This street is located in a student area.

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