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17-19 Drury Lane. Tel: +44 (0)141 229 5711.

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      25.09.2011 03:37
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      the place to go for a fun night of Kareoke with decent people and prices.

      ----Location----
      It's very central, only a couple of minutes walk from central station, the nearest bus stop is on Bothwell Street, again only a couple of minutes walk. It is situated in a very dark and dingy wee alleyway which after a few drinks can be hard to find if you forget which alleyway! It's not to scary to walk down as the bouncers always stand at the door and the streets not that long. It's across from the stripping joint Platinum Lace which some people may find off putting but it doesn't seem to make any difference to the clientelle who frequent the bar.

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      When I visit the horseshoe i alway make a beeline for upstairs, downstairs is slighlty rougher but upstairs tends to be filled with pleasant people all who are looking for a wee sing song. Variety of people out to have a good time.

      ----Prices----
      Drinks are average for glasgow around £2.30 for spirits and £2.90 for a beer. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced, most main courses are around £5.

      ----Atmosphere----
      Bacause the upstairs area is purely kareoke 7 nights a week the atmosphere is always great, The horseshoe is known as the best karoke venue in Glasgow and because of this people who go are usually good singers or parties in to have a good experience. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves and the common interest in singing means that people often begin conversations with other people in the bar. Can sometimes smell like cabbage, this may be to do with the kitchen but it can be quite offputting.

      ----Staff----
      Staff are polite and well presented. Kareoke presenters are good but they ought to update to a more modern system such as karafun, would save them a lot of hassle changing discs and would make the whole process a lot quicker.

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      05.08.2010 16:36
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      Stay in the main bar & you'll be fine!

      As a Bluenose living in exile, this place is always first on my list of bars to visit whenever I am back in town.

      The Horseshoe is located on Drury Lane is the centre of Glasgow so if you are in town there is no excuse not to go!

      Primarily the Horseshoe is a Rangers fans pub, but there is no hostility towards anybody here. The atmosphere in this place is brilliant, particularly on a matchday with plenty of banter flying around. There is a wide choice of drinks at very reasonable prices.

      In the bar downstairs you can get hot pies & there is a kitchen upstairs. I would say restaurant but unfortunately it is little more than a soup kitchen-I've had a 3 course Sunday meal upstairs for £6 including a pint! My recommendation would be to stay downstairs & get a pie!

      This is predominantly a mans pub & on a matchday you will struggle to get in! The decor inside is brilliant-proper old pub style!

      I personally love the place-a pub as it should be & if you're in town you must go!

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        27.02.2001 21:00

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        Handy for both central and queen street station, the Horseshoe bar is a bit of a Glasgow legend! Downstairs is a fairly traditional Glasgow pub with a huge bar, cheap drinks and good friendly banter. I am told by my male friends that it's proximity to Glasgow's lapdancing club 'Truffles'does it's popularity no harm! Upstairs in the horseshoe is a different experience altogether. Nightly Karaoke provides entertainment for the die hard stars and the amatuers alike. You are likely to hear some truly excellent singing and some frighteningly atrocious ( if it's a bad rendition of Rose Garden then it might be me). Super venue as an ice breaker for those less than lively office nights out. Get your boss on the floor and make him sing his little lungs out!

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        17.01.2001 14:13
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        I have been meaning to write a review of the Horseshoe Bar for a while but haven’t managed to because, after a night out in there, the details are usually a bit "hazy" to say the least. The Horseshoe is situated in Drury Lane in Glasgow city centre. If you haven’t heard of it or didn’t know where it was, then you probably wouldn’t be able to find it as Drury Lane is a little side street situated just off Renfield Street. Most people walk right by it without even realising that it is there. But despite being hidden away in the tiny cobbled lane, the Horseshoe is one of the busiest pubs in Glasgow, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Years ago, the Horseshoe Bar was regarded by some as being "an old man’s pub" as the clientele were predominately men of a mature age just wanting to sit quietly and sip a few pints while propping up what is thought to be the longest bar in Europe. However, this has all changed as it is now classed as being quite trendy and has a mix of business people, students, older pint-sippers and me! The new found appeal of the Horseshoe to a wider group may be due to the increase in popularity of karaoke or perhaps due to pop sensation Travis. Most Glaswegians will be able to tell you the legend of Travis: "If it wasn’t for the Horseshoe Bar then there wouldn’t be a Travis!" they say mysteriously. This is because a few years ago, the manager let Travis practice there when they were first starting out and had nowhere else to go. They then became famous due to all of their practice (and a few good songs too!) and Fran Healy & Co. kindly gave the manager a gold (or is it platinum?) disc which hangs proudly above the bar near to the entrance. On a good day you can see it shining across the street! Anyway, the Horseshoe has two levels. The ground floor has the traditional horseshoe shaped bar - well at least I think i
        t is but to be honest, the place is always so popular and crowded that you can barely get to the bar never mind see what shape it is. Even by 6pm on a Friday night, the bar is full of people as a lot of workers go there for a quick drink to start off the weekend. The second level (or "upstairs" as it is known to the punters) is like a function suite and is where the karaoke takes place each night. The bar itself is of a normal size and shape (no horseshoes up here!) and the whole area is seated apart from a 6ft square "stage" where the karaoke machine and compere lives. Whenever I visit the Horseshoe on a Friday or Saturday, it is usually to the "upstairs" bar because that is where all of the talent is - Karaoke wise of course! Seriously, there is a really good atmosphere up there with a slightly younger crowd than the bar downstairs and you can even get a seat if you’re there early enough. There are several signs at the bar which read "No standing at the bar" in big red letters. This is to help the bar staff see who is waiting to be served but I have been reliably informed that is has to be kept clear so that the bar staff can see the poor karaoke singers and know who to ridicule when they come up to buy a drink. Either that or it’s because I sit seductively in the corner and wink at the barmen! Friday nights are usually one of the best nights to venture upstairs to the karaoke as you are guaranteed a laugh with the compere known affectionately as "that big bloke Raymie." Raymond is one of the best karaoke host in the Horseshoe at the moment, but only if you like his brand of humour. Don’t expect an easy time from him, or the audience, when you go up to sing as Raymie likes nothing better than having a good laugh. He is also a very good singer - well, someone has to be! As I’ve said before, the Horseshoe is famed for giving Travis their chance
        but it has also helped another star on his way - Gary Mullen. "Gary Mullen? Who’s he?" I hear you all ask. Well if I told you that he was the Freddie Mercury winner of Stars In Their Eyes then some of you might know who I’m talking about. After all, over 850,000 people voted for him and no, they weren’t all Horseshoe punters. Yes, Gary started off singing in the Horseshoe karaoke and was then persuaded to apply for the TV show. In fact last week, on his first Friday night off in months, he decided to have a lad’s night out in the Horseshoe. He sat quietly in the corner, had a few drinks, cheered the other singers and not a soul (apart from his friends and the staff) knew who he was. The compere, Raymie, then decided to get him up to sing and the whole place erupted as he belted out songs such as "It’s A Kind Of Magic" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." He sang a few times over the course of the night as the crowd loved it and there was a constant stream of people to his table to congratulate him. A very nice guy, a very nice pub and a cheeky compere - what else could you want? Well, I have to admit that my main reason for going there is to indulge in some alcoholic beverages and the Horseshoe is a place that doesn’t inflate it’s prices to "city centre level" on a Saturday night. You can buy four drinks and get change from a tenner and, at the moment, with doubles for £2 it is no wonder that people like myself get a little tipsy (or "blootered" to give it the technical term). The seats are comfortable enough, the staff are friendly and you can still have a conversation while the latest chart hits are belted out by the singers at the karaoke. The walls are also adorned with various newspaper cuttings and pictures of people such as Travis and I’ve heard that there is great food served during the day for very reasonable prices. So the next tim
        e you are in the city centre, why not pay it a visit. Go upstairs, have a laugh at Raymie and the karaoke hopefuls and have a great night. You might even have a go yourself or meet a Stars In Their Eyes winner. Anyone fancy a drink?

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          16.01.2001 02:37
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          I have been meaning to write a review of the Horseshoe Bar for a while but haven’t managed to because, after a night out in there, the details are usually a bit "hazy" to say the least. The Horseshoe is situated in Drury Lane in Glasgow city centre. If you haven’t heard of it or didn’t know where it was, then you probably wouldn’t be able to find it as Drury Lane is a little side street situated just off Renfield Street. Most people walk right by it without even realising that it is there. But despite being hidden away in the tiny cobbled lane, the Horseshoe is one of the busiest pubs in Glasgow, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Years ago, the Horseshoe Bar was regarded by some as being "an old man’s pub" as the clientele were predominately men of a mature age just wanting to sit quietly and sip a few pints while propping up what is thought to be the longest bar in Europe. However, this has all changed as it is now classed as being quite trendy and has a mix of business people, students, older pint-sippers and me! The new found appeal of the Horseshoe to a wider group may be due to the increase in popularity of karaoke or perhaps due to pop sensation Travis. Most Glaswegians will be able to tell you the legend of Travis: "If it wasn’t for the Horseshoe Bar then there wouldn’t be a Travis!" they say mysteriously. This is because a few years ago, the manager let Travis practice there when they were first starting out and had nowhere else to go. They then became famous due to all of their practice (and a few good songs too!) and Fran Healy & Co. kindly gave the manager a gold (or is it platinum?) disc which hangs proudly above the bar near to the entrance. On a good day you can see it shining across the street! Anyway, the Horseshoe has two levels. The ground floor has the traditional horseshoe shaped bar - well at least I think
          it is but to be honest, the place is always so popular and crowded that you can barely get to the bar never mind see what shape it is. Even by 6pm on a Friday night, the bar is full of people as a lot of workers go there for a quick drink to start off the weekend. The second level (or "upstairs" as it is known to the punters) is like a function suite and is where the karaoke takes place each night. The bar itself is of a normal size and shape (no horseshoes up here!) and the whole area is seated apart from a 6ft square "stage" where the karaoke machine and compere lives. Whenever I visit the Horseshoe on a Friday or Saturday, it is usually to the "upstairs" bar because that is where all of the talent is - Karaoke wise of course! Seriously, there is a really good atmosphere up there with a slightly younger crowd than the bar downstairs and you can even get a seat if you’re there early enough. There are several signs at the bar which read "No standing at the bar" in big red letters. This is to help the bar staff see who is waiting to be served but I have been reliably informed that is has to be kept clear so that the bar staff can see the poor karaoke singers and know who to ridicule when they come up to buy a drink. Either that or it’s because I sit seductively in the corner and wink at the barmen! Friday nights are usually one of the best nights to venture upstairs to the karaoke as you are guaranteed a laugh with the compere known affectionately as "that big bloke Raymie." Raymond is one of the best karaoke host in the Horseshoe at the moment, but only if you like his brand of humour. Don’t expect an easy time from him, or the audience, when you go up to sing as Raymie likes nothing better than having a good laugh. He is also a very good singer - well, someone has to be! As I’ve said before, the Horseshoe is famed for giving Travis their ch
          ance but it has also helped another star on his way - Gary Mullen. "Gary Mullen? Who’s he?" I hear you all ask. Well if I told you that he was the Freddie Mercury winner of Stars In Their Eyes then some of you might know who I’m talking about. After all, over 850,000 people voted for him and no, they weren’t all Horseshoe punters. Yes, Gary started off singing in the Horseshoe karaoke and was then persuaded to apply for the TV show. In fact last week, on his first Friday night off in months, he decided to have a lad’s night out in the Horseshoe. He sat quietly in the corner, had a few drinks, cheered the other singers and not a soul (apart from his friends and the staff) knew who he was. The compere, Raymie, then decided to get him up to sing and the whole place erupted as he belted out songs such as "It’s A Kind Of Magic" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." He sang a few times over the course of the night as the crowd loved it and there was a constant stream of people to his table to congratulate him. A very nice guy, a very nice pub and a cheeky compere - what else could you want? Well, I have to admit that my main reason for going there is to indulge in some alcoholic beverages and the Horseshoe is a place that doesn’t inflate it’s prices to "city centre level" on a Saturday night. You can buy four drinks and get change from a tenner and, at the moment, with doubles for £2 it is no wonder that people like myself get a little tipsy (or "blootered" to give it the technical term). The seats are comfortable enough, the staff are friendly and you can still have a conversation while the latest chart hits are belted out by the singers at the karaoke. The walls are also adorned with various newspaper cuttings and pictures of people such as Travis and I’ve heard that there is great food served during the day for very reasonable prices. So the
          next time you are in the city centre, why not pay it a visit. Go upstairs, have a laugh at Raymie and the karaoke hopefuls and have a great night. You might even have a go yourself or meet a Stars In Their Eyes winner. Anyone fancy a drink?

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            12.12.2000 23:53
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            If you can squeeze yourself in the door then this pub is worth a visit. Quite often you have to wait for people to come out before you can get. Its definitely a blokes place but is popular with everyone from the old alky in the corner to the trendy business types and the football crowd. Plenty of choice of beer and the foodupstairs is good. At lunchtime you can get a 3 course meal for about £2!!!!! Possibly not a place to spend all night in but its great for a place to meet and have a couple of beers as it gets sooooo busy. Boasts the longest bar in Europe.

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              04.07.2000 08:56
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              With the longest bar in the UK The Horseshoe is a Glasgow institution you have to visit at least once.It's been there for years and is the type of place that will still be there long after we have all gone. Situated at 17 Drury Lane in the heart of the city centre it attracts an incredible mix of customers. These include students, OAPs, businessmen, and the odd underager trying ( and usually failing )to get served. With such a variety you would be forgiven for assuming that this would make for an uncomfortable atmosphere - nothing could be further from the truth. It's the type of place you could sit and have a pint with your folks and none of you would feel uncomfortable. The Horseshoe has a great laid back feel. The relaxed feel could be put down to the fact that a pint White Thistle Ale is available for less than a pound. It has to be said that the average price is about 1.50 to 2 quid a pint. With it's stain glass windows and wood panelling it is a million miles away from the fancy style bars that seem to be everywhere you look these days. The nearest you will get to entertainment are the two TVs which usually show whatever sport is on. The main bar is a place where you make your own entertainment - now maybe that's a bit outdated in this age of theme bars but it's a welcome change. The Horseshoe is a traditional Glasgow pub and is perfectly happy to remain that. The one thing it does share with the style bars is the opening hours - almost all bars in Glasgow remain open until midnight. If you are looking for more entertainment then you might try to head upstairs - Karaoke is available every night but I should warn you that the quality is exceptional and your drunken warblings will be met with a large round of indifference unless you are particularly good. Demand is very high for the Karaoke and if you wish to take part you would be well advised to get there early. During the day food is available and is v
              ery much in the traditional style. A three course lunch is about 2.60 and is very popular with students. The food is basic but it will do the job. An interesting piece of trivia is that the bar currently has a Gold Disk on display. This belongs to Travis and was awarded in recognition of the sales their "The man who" album. One of the band used to work behind the bar and the manager used to let them rehearse upstairs. Whether that is a good thing or not is entirely up to you. All in all it's a traditional pub that serves a good pint. No more, no less. And as for the name - well the bar is in the shape of a horseshoe of course.

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