The Spiritualist bar and restaurant
62 Miller Street, Glasgow
What is it: The Spiritualist has recently opened in = a former library in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. The stunning space has a modern art deco look with great attention to lighting and sound system. There is an open-plan kitchen, which I love, but the centrepiece is the bar, with its gantry holding more than 300 spirits.
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Verdict: Glasgow city centre is in danger of being consumed with chain bars and restaurants, which is a shame. So The Spiritualist is a welcome, independent addition.
Drink: The bar claims to have the country’s most extensive gantry, comprising 320 spirits and liqueurs. It’s an impressive sight to behold and on my visit, the staff were confident when recommending what I should have. A neat cocktail list ticks all the boxes as well as a strong wine and craft beer offering. I enjoyed a tasty concoction called Voodoo Eyes with chamomile-infused gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white for £6.95.
Food: I was really impressed with the menu and the food didn’t disappoint. I ordered the pastrami and Swiss cheese on rye bread with green tomato chutney, dill pickle with salad garnish and signature fries from the lunch menu for £7.25.
Prices: In line with city centre prices. A schooner of Spiritualist lager (two-thirds of a pint) will set you back £2.75 while cocktails start at £6.50
Children: I didn’t see any on my visit but I’m sure they are welcome if dining.
Alfresco: Possibly a bit of space outside the front for tables and chairs in the summer months.
Perfect for: Staying away from the usual city centre chain bars and restaurants and trying something new.
Avoid if: You were looking for a romantic, quiet place.
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