Couting House is a pub designed to offer great value and a nice environment for a drink and some simple pub grub. The Counting House situated in the city centre of Glasgow is located in an exceptionally well placed location with the train stations and buses all easily in reach and other pubs and restaurants in reach also. The building itself used to be a bank and is nicely done out making it a pub with a nice atmosphere sometimes able to be experienced also.
The pub offers a great variety of drinks at excellent value and offers simple pub foods well made and for a nice and cheap price so is the perfect place for those looking for a nice and cheap night out or as a point to start your night out with some food and drinks before moving onto somewhere else (as I have done on a few occassions now).
There is a large amount of seating available but you will still be lucky to get a seat as this pub is always busy with many people in for food throughout the day.
- Cheap food and drink
- Drink is of an ok standard for the price being paid
- Nice and comfortable setting
- Staff are friendly and helpful
- Very popular so takes time to be served and not likely to get a seat
- Popular with tourists so can cause some atmosphere
- Other than seating there is little place for drinks to be laid on (no sides like other pubs have)
All in all this is not one of my favourite pubs in Glasgow but I have gone in on occassion to have a nice and cheap drink with friends and found the setting itself to be nice and it is a great place to stand and chat with friends over a drink but it gets overly busy with a large amount of foreign tourists being very pushy and causing an atmosphere on occassions.
The Counting House on Glasgow's Queen st/St.Vincent Street is part of the J.D Wetherspoons chain and is one of the best pubs i've visited in the city. I first went in one day for lunch while i spent the day shopping and i was amazed at the great variety of food offered and even happier when it arrived and the quality was excellent! Prices are extremely low, and as i found out when i moved to Glasgow to go to University, it's very popular with students. Not only is the food cheap, but they always have drinks on promotion! I've been asked to provide some examples of the food available and prices of drinks - Food available: *Large selection of sandwiches, baps and wraps* *Traditional British meals such as Fish and chips and Steak pie* *Large selection of Burgers with various toppings* *Various pasta and salad dishes* *Many other meals available such as chicken balti, chilli con carne, rump steaks etc* Also available are many starters such as soup and stuffed peppers and desserts such as mousse and ice-creams. Side dishes such as curly fries (highly recommended :)) are also available. Not too sure on the prices of all these meals but the majority of them are under £5. Drinks wise the company prides itself in being able to offer a large choice of drinks (especially the 'grooviest' on the market) at affordable prices. Promotions change regularly but they almost always have offers on with bottle for £1.50 (even Smirnoff Ice and Budweiser which many other pubs often keep at full price). The atmosphere is great - staff are friendly and you are made to feel welcome. I was asked for ID at the bar which made me slightly embarressed but i guess it shows they're doing their job properly and keeping out people who're under-age. I go there quite regularly now and i've never once had any problems. It's great! Plenty of seats too!
It is with very mixed emotion that I write this opinion. I have had many a great night out in the Counting House, and have some great memories of being there with good company ... but I hate the atmosphere in the pub. The Pub is situated in a very impressive old building which used to be a bank (hence the name), slap bang in the middle of the city centre. The close proximity to the main train and bus stations makes it an ideal meeting place for work nights out etc. and is the main reason that I have visited it so often. The pub is part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, and as far as prices go it certainly lives up to the Wetherspoon's policy of providing cheap food and drink. So already I have said - great nights out in a nice looking, centrally located pub with cheap food and drink. You are probably by now thinking "what more does this guy want?" (I am actually beginning to convince myself that it's not that bad !!). The problem for me is definately the lack of music. Don't get me wrong, I like a pub where you can have a chat with your friends, and in a small local a lack of music is actually a big bonus. The problem is that the Counting House is not a small local pub. This place is massive, I don't know how many people it holds but it must be at least 500. On a Friday or Saturday night the pub is full to bursting and the drone of voices would drive you insane. As the night goes on, and people take advantage of the cheap booze, the noise gets louder and louder until you can hardly hear yourself think. Loud music can be annoying at times, but not half as annoying as the constant drone of 500 voices. After a couple of hours I usually end up with a splitting headache (no - that is not caused by the booze!). The place also get unbearably hot at times, and there are not too many seats so you end up standing all night. I will now change into daytime mode because the pub is not all bad. For a sp
ot of lunch or a quick drink during the day this pub is ideal. Daytime does not have the same volume of punters, and the noise is not really noticable at all. For a cheap lunch in the city centre it is definately very hard to beat. Before I close I will mention one last point. The drink may be cheap, but that does not necessarily make it good. The draught beer in this pub is crap so whatever you do you should stick to bottled beers. Better still, why not try some of their excellent cocktails, cheap and very tasty.
Tourists seem to love this place. If you pop into this JD Wetherspoon bar during the day it seems to be filled with Spaniards or Italians and if I stumbled upon a bar like this in a strange town I’d probably be impressed as well. A glass domed roof and a liberal sprinkling of statues gives this former bank a slightly impersonal feel when quiet but in the evenings it just isn’t big enough to cope with the demand. Drink is disgustingly cheap in this Wetherspoon pub with a double vodka coming in at about #1.80. Two meals can be bought for a fiver from 2-10pm. It’s basic pub grub but if you are out shopping it’s a reasonable enough place for a rest and with windows looking out onto George Square it offers an excellent spot to people watch. Unfortunately it is the cheapness of the food and drink that I feel is the Counting House’s downfall – in the evening the clientele are almost exclusively there for the cheap bevvy. It ends up as a bit of a drinking den and the nosmoking areas are quickly ignored. Maybe it’s just the nights when I have been there but my initial delight in finding a pub in Glasgow with a nosmoking area turned to disappointment when I realised that drunks tend to ignore this innovation. As with all Wetherspoon bars there is no music and the puggy has the sound switched off. This creates a pleasant atmosphere where chat creates the buzz rather than Robbie Williams blasting out of a speaker. It’s just a pity that this atmosphere is spoiled by the down and outs who drifts in from nearby George Square. In some ways it is quite funny to see these characters wander round the tables draining glasses that more discerning punters have left. Then again maybe it’s not that funny. There are times when it’s not too bad a place for a quick pint – it’s cheap and nice to look at if you don’t stay to long. I wouldn’t recommend it for anything more than this – stay too l
ong and you begin to see past the nice interior and cheap drink and realise that there are a fair few dodgy characters drinking with you.