Bars of Glasgow: 55 city centre pubs and bars seek permission to open to 1am

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Over 50 pubs and bars in Glasgow city centre are seeking permission to open until 1am under a new pilot scheme.

The city’s Licensing Board will consider applications from 55 premises when it meets on Friday.

Pubs and bars currently have to shut at midnight but the one-year pilot project has been planned to test 1am closures in the city centre.

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New opening hours would not come into effect immediately. An exact date has yet to be confirmed but the scheme is set to start this summer.

The change brings Glasgow’s opening times in line with those in Edinburgh city centre. It was pushed for by the city’s SNP group ahead of the Licensing Board unveiling a new policy statement in November last year.

Speaking at the time, council leader Susan Aitken, SNP,  said the move could “give many businesses a shot in the arm” following the pandemic.

Following the call for an extension, some industry figures doubted whether it would help. They raised concerns over increased costs and staffing issues faced by the trade as well as a lack of public transport for customers.

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However, Cllr Aitken said the pilot would “allow the city and the trade to decide whether there is the market demand for an extra hour”. It will also assess whether there are “any impacts on public health and anti-social behaviour”.

The board’s policy statement outlined a list of criteria that applicants would need to meet to receive a 1am licence variation. It also urges licensees to recognise the need for staff who work late to get home safely.

A Licensing Board spokesman said: “All applications will be determined by the merits of each individual case.”

The following pubs, bars and locations will be considered for a 1am licence on Friday:

The Steps Bar, Glassford Street

Henglers Circus, Sauchiehall Street

The Counting House, George Square

Jacksons, Cambridge Street

Hootenanny, Howard Street

Toby Jug, Hope Street

The Society Rooms, George Street

The Sir John Moore, Argyle Street

The Crystal Palace, Jamaica Street

214 Bath Street (Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn)

Pot Still, Hope Street 

Delmonica’s, Virginia Street

Beresford, Sauchiehall Street

Drouthy’s, Queen Street

Maltman, Renfield Street

Molly Malone’s, Hope Street

Scotia Bar, Stockwell Street

Tingle Bar, Mitchell Street

State Bar, Holland Street

Variety Bar, Sauchiehall Street

Babbity Bowster, Blackfriars Street

Katie’s, John Street

71 Renfield Street (Gin71)

The Merchant, West George Street

Home, Albion Street

The Ark, North Frederick Street

All Bar One, St Vincent Street

Revolution Bar, Renfield Street

Nico’s, Sauchiehall Street

Underground, John Street

36 Renfield Street (Revolución de Cuba)

89 Glassford Street

Blackfriars, Bell Street

Imperial Bar, Howard Street

Alfredo’s, West Nile Street

The Smokin’ Fox, Waterloo Street

Waterloo Bar, Argyle Street

Tabac, Mitchell Lane

Chinaski’s, North Street

Yes Bar, Drury Street

Gallaghers, Howard Street

Times Square, St Enoch Square

Ross’s Bar, Mitchell Street

Malones, Sauchiehall Lane

13th Note, King Street

The Press Bar, Albion Street

81-85 Renfield Street (The Raven)

Dows Bar, Dundas Street

The Irish Rover, Sauchiehall Street

Drury Street Bar & Kitchen, Renfield Street/Drury Street

263 Renfrew Street 

Pipeworks, Metropole Lane

Flight Club, George Street

The Alchemist, George Square

Sexy Coffee, Union Street

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