West Street Underground


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The West Street stop on the Glasgow Subcrawl is the first one requiring a bit of a jaunt but in May 2010, it required a further walk for intrepid drinkers. This is because the pub that is synonymous with this stop on the crawl, The Lord Nelson, was closed down after a spell of unpleasantness….

The full story can be read here: Evening Times – 20th May 2010

Now…what you are looking for from the Glasgow Subcrawl is up to you but it may just be that the notion of law-breaking, drug-running and general laddishness is what you want to add some spice to your crawl.

I Survived the Subcrawl - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

I Survived the Subcrawl - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

If you decide to enjoy The Laurieston at the Bridge Street stop, the Lord Nelson will be the first pub that could be described as a Rangers pub.

There are a few pubs on this route of that persuasion and you will want to watch what you are saying in some of these pubs. For instance, while all the facts indicate that the Rangers playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football are a new club, the Ibrox die-hards will not settle for this being the case.

There are plenty of viewpoints that can go back and forth but let’s face it, there will never be anyone changing their opinion because of what was said in the pub so if in doubt, maybe best to leave the football chat to one side!

As long as you know what you are getting into with the Glasgow Subcrawl you will have a brilliant day out and the vast majority of bar owners and regular punters are delighted to welcome anyone in.

The Lord Nelson, Tradeston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

The Lord Nelson, Tradeston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

There is a pool table in the bar but we’ve always been a bit wary of outsiders jumping on for a game so make sure you ask before you get stuck into playing. Basically, a bit of manners and some good chat will keep you right.

The nature of licensing laws will certainly impact on when you can carry out the crawl (as will the hours the SPT run the crawl for – our tip, DO NOT DO IT ON A SUNDAY) but The Lord Nelson happily provides punters with food and alcohol from 8am.

So if you fancy a flying start to the day, this could be worth a sneaky visit in the early hours of the morning.


Other Stops on the SubCrawl: St Enoch, Bridge Sreet, West Street, Shields Road, Kinning Park, Cessnock, Ibrox, Govan, Partick, Kelvinhall, Hillhead, Kelvinbridge, St Georges Cross, Cowcaddens, Buchanan Street