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Quo Vadis.

1860 Paisley Road West, Glasgow. G52 3SX. Tel: 01418836538.


Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis. 1991.

Built in the 1960s Quo Vadis was one of the most up-to-date licensed cocktail bars and restaurant in the area. Manageress Mrs Lee Murawska won first prize in the big Cossack Fruit Machine Contest in 1966, she collected a cheque for £250, both she and her husband, who were Polish, went on holiday to Poland with the winnings. Manager Mr M Spillard collected a cheque for £75.

Quo Vadis interior

Mr Alasdair Morland, Scottish representative for Cossack with Mrs Lee Murawska, manageress of the Quo Vadis 1966.

Quo Vadis advert 1974

The Quo Vadis advert 1974.


Drunk Dog.

There was this dog in the pub who thought he'd been given short measure.

In the NEWS 1975...

Mr Gilbert TonerMick the dog

Mr. Gilbert Toner and his drunk Alsatian dog Mick. 1975.

Mick, a Glasgow Alsatian dog, is a hardened drinker.

He has been known to down 11 pints in a night. And when he suspected that he had been served a short measure of whisky in a pub trouble began.

The story of the uncanny friendship between man and dog was told at Govan Police Court yesterday. Gilbert Toner (50), of 128 Dormanside Road, Pollok, was fined £22 for assault, breach of the peace, and refusing to leave the public house when asked. At the end of the two-hour trial he set off for home with his "old friend" padding along at his side.

In his evidence Mr Toner told the astonished Court that his dog usually drank beer "but when he wants whisky he gives me a nudge." On the day of the pub incident the dog had about three pints and then switched to whisky.

"The dog is my only companion so why shouldn't he come out for a drink?" he asked. Staff from the Quo Vadis public house in Paisley Road West, Glasgow, spoke of the June afternoon when Toner and Mick, a five year old dog with an impressive pedigree, walked into the bar. Toner was told that no dogs were allowed in, but insisted on having a drink.

Mrs Julie Congleton, a bar assistant, said the dog put its paws on the bar and Toner told her: "If you don't give me a drink I'll tell him to come over and eat you alive."


After this threat he was served, but the staff noticed that Toner wasn't drinking alone. The dog was happily lapping whisky and beer from an ash tray.

Finally, when the staff refused to serve him. Toner began cursing and threw a pint jug, striking a barman in the stomach. When three police officers arrived they found customers in the bar terrified and cowering in a corner. There was glass all over the floor and a "Large Alsatian dog was charging around."

Constable Robert Clark said the dog was going crazy but he held it by the lead while the other officers led Toner out of the bar, across Paisley Road West, and into Cardonald police office nearby.

He backed away

Constable Clark said he held on to the lead and the dog dragged him across the road and into the police office behind his arrested master. Toner told the Court that the only time he had complained in the bar was when he found he had been given a short measure.

"I bought the dog a double whisky and one for myself, but when I held it out to him he backed away I looked closer and saw there was less whisky in his glass and he had noticed. He wanted my glass. It had more in it."

Toner, who is deaf, gave evidence with the help of an interpreter. During the trial Mick was variously described as being "as large as a pit pony" and a "big, soft, docile lump." During the trial he was kept sober in police custody.

Neither Toner nor the dog had been in trouble before.

Mr Paul Burns, who reported Toner, said that the bond between the dog and its master was very much deeper than the normal relationship between dog and owner.

Quo Vadis advert 1975

Quo Vadis advert 1975.


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