One leisure raise their hats to new Finnieston strip joint
Bag O’ Nails, the latest pub from Mark Lappin, Gerry Tartaglia and Paul Bright aka One Leisure Group, was opening as DRAM went to press. The former Partick Tavern has been completely refurbished, despite a slight delay, due to the collapse of the wall at the building across the street.
The Dumbarton Road pub is unlike anything the trio have launched before. It is serving up Cantonese dim sum with interesting beers and live music.
Meanwhile the trio have also been busy with plans for the re-opening of Bannisters on Argyle Street, which is currently being refurbished by Star Pubs & Bars in collaboration with the new leaseholders. Lappin and his team hope to have the pub open by November and are calling it Strip Joint, after the Finnieston ‘Strip’. The refurbishment will include the installation of large windows to lighten the bar inside, opening up and reconfiguring the interior, adding an open plan kitchen and moving the toilets to the basement to increase space for customers. One Leisure Group is redecorating the pub throughout with a shabby chic look. The outside of the building is also being renovated to improve its appearance.
Strip Joint is also on course to be the first bar in Glasgow to serve Krusovice tank beer.
Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director said, “The pub is in one of the best positions in Glasgow and has real untapped potential.”
Mark Lappin director of One Leisure Group, added, “Glasgow has got a fantastic range of bars and restaurants so you’ve got to work hard to attract customers. With our love of music, we’re excited to be next to the second busiest music venue in the world.”
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