Glasgow’s West End Festival is one of our favourite things about summer in Scotland, and this year’s eighteenth annual outing looks set to be the best yet.
Running from Friday 31st May until Sunday 30th June, the festival promises to bring four weeks of music, fashion and frolics to the city, kicking off with a Fashion and Fizz fundraiser at Hotel du Vin. The event on May 7th will showcase high-end high street chain L.K. Bennett’s summer collection, with makeovers and the obligatory bubbly also on offer.
With champagne on our minds, we started thinking about the best bits of the west end, and what we couldn’t live without. Got your own ideas? Tweet us @Scotcampus and we’ll re-tweet the best suggestions!
102 Dumbarton Road
No longer the hidden gem it once was, whether down to the big yellow taxi parked outside or copious compliments from the press, TriBeCa’s food is as outstanding as ever. Expect to queue on weekends when local residents and tourists alike flock to sample the all American pancake stacks, bagels and milkshakes, but it’s well worth the wait. We recommend the Empire State Panini, a grilled chicken, pesto and prosciutto taste sensation, served with salad and potato chips. Be aware that portion sizes are massive and you’ll probably never finish anything – but that’s a good thing, right?
The £10 Thrift Store
721-723 Great Western Road
We love a cheeky vintage bargain and The £10 Thrift Store has thousands of them – all for £10! Run by Natalia Codona and Greg Milne of We Love To Boogie, the warehouse- style store is restocked daily, with treasures including fur coats, vintage Levi’s and glam frocks aplenty. Open from 11am Monday-Saturday and noon on Sunday, get down early for the best bargains, and don’t forget to pick up one of the store’s own-brand tees. With slogans like “Hipsta Please!” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”, it would be rude not to.
Stories Like This…
You may remember a little feature we ran in our November issue about Facebook page Overheard In The Westend. With 17,000 likes, it’s still going strong, and the tales just keep getting better. Our favourite this week? “Mum trying a free sample of wine in Marks & Spencers, son (around 7 years old) asks, ‘Mother, is that a Pinot Grigio?’” West enders start them early, don’t you know.
44 Ashton Lane, Hillhead
Where else in Glasgow would you find gourmet burgers on a 2-4-1 deal, the biggest, tastiest ChoccyWoccyDooDah dessert and sauce to rival Ed’s in Good Burger? Well, you’d now also find it at Ketchup Southside, but sometimes the original is the best, especially when it’s warm enough to sit outside under the fairy lights. Oh, and did we mention the pina coladas served in milkbottles? Delicious.
On a sunny day, this really is the place to see and be seen… expect shirtless fitties, gorgeous maxi dress clad girls: basically Glasgow’s elite. Who are we kidding? Expect drunken neds with blistering sunburn, lady neds in too short shorts and plenty of screaming kids – this is still the west coast of Scotland, after all. Still worth staking out a patch of grass for an ice cream, the occasional hottie and the free entertainment.
The West End Festival takes place from 31st May-30th June. For more information visit Westendfestival.co.uk