THE team behind Glasgow bars Slouch, The Howlin’ Wolf and Partick newcomer Bag O’ Nails is set to further expand its on-trade footprint in the city before the year is out.
One Leisure Group, which opened the doors of Bag O’ Nails in the former Partick Tavern in August, has begun work on a major refurbishment of the former Bannisters pub on Argyle Street.
The new venue, which will be called Strip Joint after the Finnieston ‘strip’ of licensed premises on Argyle Street, represents a £500,000 joint investment between One Leisure Group and Star Pubs & Bars.
Scheduled to open in November, the bar is currently undergoing a major overhaul which will see the former traditional pub’s interior reconfigured and an open-plan kitchen created as well as larger windows installed. The interior will be given a “shabby chic” look.
In line with its sister venues, Strip Joint’s food offer will feature bar staples like stone-baked pizzas, burgers and a grill selection served until late, while the drinks range will include cocktails and a tap serving Krusovice ‘tank beer’, a format said to preserve freshness.
One Leisure Group director Mark Lappin said the new venue will combine “good music and a lot of fun with outstanding drinks, food and service”.
“I’ve lived in Glasgow nearly all my life and love the city,” said Lappin.
“Finnieston is the place to be in the west side of Glasgow and I’ve been on the lookout for a bar for some time but they’re hard to come by.”
Star Pubs & Bars managing director Lawson Mountstevens said Strip Joint will occupy “one of the best positions in Glasgow”.
“It’s great that such an experienced operator as One Leisure Group has taken the lease and is investing with us,” said Mountstevens.
“I’m confident they will push the boundaries to create another iconic bar for Glasgow.”