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A pub with a nationally important historic interior
A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.
GLASGOW AND WEST OF SCOTLAND - Glasgow, City Centre, Old Toll Bar
An historic pub interior of national importance
1-3 Paisley Road West, Glasgow, G51 1LF
Tel: (0141) 258 4830
Public Transport: Near Bus Stop
Listed Status: Grade B
Listed Building Reference: 33525
Listing Date: 1986
Glasgow's finest pub interior, situated in the ground floor of a three-storey tenement built in 1860 and remodelled in 1892-3. One hundred years ago, there were many ornate pubs like this throughout the city, as publicans went to great lengths to outshine their competitors at a time when skilled labour was cheap. This is one of the last remaining Victorian 'palace pubs' in Glasgow; sadly, similar interiors have been ripped out in recent times only to be replaced by poorer quality modern fittings. The large bar has a magnificent dark wooden back gantry incorporating two sets of four whisky casks either side of a mirrored centrepiece, a pediment and central clock. There was a tier of smaller barrels in the recess below the large barrels but they were removed some time ago. The original long bar counter with some part glazed short partitions has a new polished stone top.