May 11, 2018
Located in a prime spot on the corner of Byres Road and Great Western Road, this celebrated West End venue comprises not only a brasserie restaurant and a popular arts venue home to the famous Play, Pie and Pint lunchtime theatricals but also what is perhaps the city’s best whisky bar. There are some 250 malts to choose between, making this one of the widest whisky selections in Scotland, (which is saying something), and the place has a warm, informal atmosphere. The bar is housed in a stunning converted church that has been beautifully restored (the ceiling murals in the auditorium were supplied by the local writer and artist Alasdair Gray). It’s hardly any wonder that it’s a popular spot for weddings (actor and geek favourite Simon ‘Scotty from Star Trek’ Pegg got married there). As well as its theatricals, Oran Mor is a thriving music venue and also hosts a popular open mic night and Club O nights Thursdays through Saturdays. For food, the John Muir Conservatory and Lounge is adjacent to the Whisky Bar and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, or head upstairs to the Brasserie, where Art Deco paintings adorn the walls and you can relax in velvet lined booths (for night owls, the Brasserie Late Night Bar is open till 3am Fridays and Saturdays, serving champagne, cocktails and of course scotch (we’d try the After Eight minty cocktail, or the Garden Martini)). The name Oran Mor means ‘melody of life’, appropriate given how this venue has quickly become the beating heart of Glasgow’s social and cultural scenes. A must visit.