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Lauder's Bar.

76 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. G2 3DE. Tel: 01413315180.



Lauder's, photograph taken 1991.

To read the full history of Lauder's click here.

Mr Archibald Lauder

Archibald Lauder. 1891.

Lauders 2005

Lauder's. August 2005.

Lauders 2007

Lauder's April 2007.

Mr James C McIntosh

Mr James C McIntosh. 1893.

Mr James C McIntosh was cashier in Lauder's Bar, Sauchiehall Street. Mr McIntosh was a native of Forfar, where he was educated, when he finished school he entered into a Lawyer's Office, from an early age he showed an unusual aptitude for business, while his conscientious discharge of his duties secured the recognition of his employer, who advanced him from office boy to the responsible position of confidential clerk, still young he was secured his employers thorough confidence, that he was left sole charge of collection of the assessments of Forfar district. Coming to Glasgow in 1889, he entered Mr Lauder's service as cashier, a position he held for years. Mr McIntosh was civil, obliging and trustworthy, attentive to business, energetic and not afraid of work.

H.L.I troops march by Lauders in Sauchiehall Street

The Highland Light Infantry march from Sauchiehall Street into Renfield Street en route to the front in the First World War.

Lauders interior 1970

"Pinta Girl" Marion Forrest, R.T. Blevins, area manager of Tennents; D Wilson, Manager of Lauders and P Woods, district manager of Tennents. 1970.

In the News 1970...

One of Glasgow's best-known restaurants, Lauders Bar, 76 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, is breaking new ground by serving milk in addition to the usual alcoholic beverages. Another new feature for Glasgow is the introduction of a special Ploughman's lunch, crusty bread and Scottish cheese, pickles, etc., to be quaffed with either beer or a pinta.

Lauder's Bar is owned by the Tennent Caledonian Group, and refrigerated milk dispensers are also installed in other four of the group's licensed premises in Glasgow; The Kind Man, 657 Pollokshaws Road; The Fotheringay, 21 Nithsdale Road; The Waldorf Bar, 57 Cambridge Street; and the Horse Shoe Bar, 17 Drury Street, as well as in the group's public houses in Wishaw and Stevenston.

Lauders Bar 2008

Lauder's with a new paint job. 2008. Big improvement.

In the News 1971...

Poverty Corner, was the north west point of meeting of Sauchiehall Street and Renfield Street, Lauder's pub, to be exact. It was called "Poverty Corner" because there the out of work comics, ventriloquists, acrobats, singers and shadow graph artists met in the hope of finding something to do.

Lauder's is still there today, and is the pantomime pub of the Pavillion, just a lane's breadth from the howff. It's completely changed from the old days. The former public bar is now a posh lounge. The wee place at the back, with all its theatrical photographs, is now the saloon bar with the cheaper prices.

There are only three theatrical photographs there now. They portray Clifford Smith, conductor of the Pavillion orchestra, Helen Randell a singer with Lex McLean and Sexy Lexy himself. This is odd because as far as I know, Mr McLean is not a habitue of this caravan seral.

In the old days pictures were signed with the autographs of regulars. Now I don't know what Lauder's would do without the Pavillion orchestra. It was very different in the days of Poverty Corner. lauder's then was a kind of employment exchange. If you had 3d for a half pint you went in stood at the bar, and made the drink last as long as possible in the hope that somebody would approach you with the offer of a job for a season, a week or even a night, if you didn't have 3d, you stood outside Lauder's at Poverty Corner with the same hope in mind.

Once, in the dear dead days beyond recall, I saw a complete cast for a Glasgow University "Daft Friday" cabaret recruited there in under 15 minute. One and all agreed to give their talents to the students for that evening, free gratis and for nothing on the promise of unlimited free refreshments.

Poverty Corner and Lauder's pub were the stamping grounds of the Town Hall Pantomime King J. A. Cox. Mr Cox ran what might be called mini pantomimes in town halls and similar establishments all over the West of Scotland. This system was simple. He had a basket of costumes and a basket of curtains and he'd go along to Poverty Corner and pick up a comic, a "feed," a sister act, a principal boy, a principal girl, and one or two others and say "Half past five at Glasgow Cross," or wherever.

The lucky people would assemble at the Cross at the appointed hour and along would come a bus bearing the basket of costumes, the basket of curtains and Mr Cox. Once the cast had embussed, Mr Cox would announce the subject of the evening as "Red Riding Hood" and the venue as Bellshill. Or it might be "The Babes in the woods" and Wishaw

During the journey to Bellshill or Wishaw, the cast would work out the pantomime to suit themselves. They knew the plots of all the principal pantomimes and they could soon apportion paras, work in popular songs of the day, decide where the comics gags should be, and make sure that the orchestra (an indispensable pianist) could vamp the music. By the time they'd arrives at the hall, they were ready to go and give it laldy.

Lauders Advert

In the News 1971...

Busy family.

The Ron Bacardi Trio, one of the busiest combos in Scotland, have added a new member and now go under the name the Bacardi Family. Newest addition is Margaret Bacardi, on electric organ. They are resident in Lauder's Bar, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at the Dumbarton Hotel on Fridays.


Lauder's Whisky Label

Lauder's Finest Scotch Whisky Label.


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