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The Hawthorn Bar.

345 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow.


Hawthorn Old

The Hawthorn Bar. 1956.

The Hawthorn Bar situated at the corner of Hawthorn Street and Saracen Street. During WW2 this was an old eating house run by Mrs Sarah O'Neil. It was opened as a public house in 1956 by Peter C Byrne, the new bar and lounge was fitted out in the most modern manner, the decor throughout was in oak and walnut paneling on the walls with wallpaper on the upper parts. The lounge had a new cocktail bar in walnut and sycamore with a recessed gantry. The bar and gantry shelves were made from formica. Separating the bar and lounge was a large decorative window, the gantry in the public bar had peach tinted mirrors with concealed flood lighting.

The old premises were demolished in the early 1970s, Mr Byrne then removed to a brand new public house in nearby Bardowie Street in the heart of a housing scheme, naming it the New Hawthorn Bar.

Peter was a director of the Glasgow and District Licensed Trade Association and a convener for the Possilpark Ward of the Association he was also a member of the Glasgow Local Veto Committee.

Hawthorn interior

Interior view of the Hawthorn Bar. 1956.


Left to right Mr B D Dougan, New Royal Oak, Nitshill, Mr D M Ferguson, MacKinlay-McPherson, Mr W Byrne, Hawthorn Bar, Mr G Maxwell, Scottish Brewers Ltd. 1962.


Left to right Mr J J Ferguson, Ferguson's Bar's Market Street and Redan Street, Mr J Hurrel, Royal Bar, Gallowgate and Mr Peter C Byrne, Hawthorn Bar. 1962.

Interior of the New Hawthorn Bar 1974

The opening of the New Hawthorn Bar, Bardowie Street, 1974. Left to right Peter C Byrne, Dixie Deans (Celtic,) comedian Chic Murray, Johnnie Hamilton (Rangers,) Mr W Byrne and Mrs Peter Byrne.

Mr. Peter C. Byrne, well-known and popular Glasgow licensee, has opened spacious new premises, the New Hawthorn Bar, at Bardowie Street, replacing his former premises, the Hawthorn Bar, Saracen Street.

The new premises, consisted of a public bar and a lounge bar, have accommodation for 300 patrons. Mr. Byrne is a director of the Glasgow and District Licensed Trade Association and convener for the Possilpark Ward of the Association. He is also a member of the Glasgow Local Veto Committee. 1974.

image of James McDevitt, J Boyle and P Byrne with their wives 1975.

Left to right James McDevitt of the Killearn Bar; John Boyle of Dixon Blazes; and Peter Byrne of the New Hawthorn Bar. 1975.


In the News 1974...

Glasgow Vintners 1974

Pictured at the recent Glasgow Vintners function in the Bellahouston Hotel are (above) Mr. & Mrs. H. Dougan, the Glen Bar: Mrs. & Mr. J. Deery, The Inn, Lambhill; Mrs. M. Byrne, The New Hawthorn; and Mr. W. Lochhead, United Rum Merchants.

New Hawthorn Bar

The New Hawthorn Bar. 2003.


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