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Old Glasgow Pubs by john gorevan



86 West Nile Street, Glasgow. G1 2QH. Tel: 0141 572 0133.


Bonds. 1991.

There been a pub on this site since 1833. It was then called Charles Cruickshank's Wine & Spirit Vaults. Alexander Cruickshank took over in 1840 also having premises in Buchanan Street, 94 West Nile Street and wine cellars at St. Georges Court. The Cruickshank's continued in these premises until 1873.

James Jardine then took over the premises, apart from being a spirit merchant Mr Jardine was a tobacconist selling the finest tobacco and cigars in the city. Jardine was still here in 1885.

In 1888 licensee James Cook took over the pub paying a fortune of £500 for the business. Cook was already established as a publican having a pub in Sauchiehall Street called the Red Lion. Mr Cook also named this pub the Red Lion, he also owned a pub in Cambuslang and Woodlands Road.

In the 1890s the licence was transferred to former captain of the Rangers Football Club Alexander Vallance paying an annul rent of £175. There was only one brand of ale stocked in the Red Lion, Aitken's Pale ale, however the pub was very busy and one could always get their rarebits at any time of the day.

Red Lion

The Red Lion. 1980s.

Etch of the Red Lion

Etch of the Red Lion. 1888.

Other names this bar has been known as J & R Tennent, and the Brew House.

After many name changes the pub is now called Adrian's Bar, I wonder how long it will stay open, as in the last few years the pub has closed down a many times.

Adrian's Bar 2007

Adrian's Bar. 2007.

This bar is always closing down and reopening in a different name. This time it's called the Courtyard. 2008.

Courtyard sign

Courtyard West Nile Street

The Courtyard. 2008.

Courtyard 2008

The Courtyard. 2008.


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