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Sloans is an interesting pub with and long and curious history. It claims to be Glasgow’s oldest pub (1797), though it’s a three horse race between Sloans, The Saracen’s Head Inn on the Gallowgate or the Old College Bar on the High Street.
Sloan’s began the new millennium as a grimy, run down, back alley boozer. It reinvented itself with a fresh coat of paint, some Windowlene, and a more upmarket selection of beers, ales, wines and spirits. It briefly changed its name to Bastille to reflect its new found bistro respectability, before rightfully returning to its two hundred year old name of ‘Sloans’.
Nowadays it is undoubtedly one of Glasgow’s hidden treasures. It is an excellent pub, fresh and modern yet clearly steeped in its roots. The lane out front offers a pleasant BBQ and beer Garden to while away the hours in the summer months, whereas inside they offer one of the best pub quizzes around on Thursday nights, a Ceilidh night in its Grand Ballroom every Friday, free Wi-Fi access and a child friendly bistro upstairs seven days a week.