Paul McDonagh, the man who turned Glasgow’s Bon Accord into one of Scotland’s best loved whisky bars, died on Monday, and today, on what would have been his 64th birthday, we raise a toast to the man who helped create a Glasgow institution.
Paul took over the bar 22 years ago, and gave the Bon Accord a real identity as a haven for whisky and beer lovers. He was delighted when his son Thomas followed in his footsteps and joined him behind the bar. Thomas now runs the family business.
Paul developed a passion for whisky that saw the Bon Accord’s collection grow to more than 500 whiskies, but the pub was equally well known for its beer.
Says DRAM Editor Susan Young, “Over the years Paul and I had many discussions, not just about whisky. But he was passionate about everything he did in his life. But his proudest achievement was his family and he was particularly pleased when his grandchildren came along. He will be missed in the whisky and pub community but it is heartening to know that his legacy will live on under his son’s stewardship.”
“My thoughts are with his family.”