Drygate Brewing Co.
85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT
28th May 2014
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I have watched this grow over time from first overhearing about it before the initial announcement to the opening. I was worried this may just be a big impersonal shed and from the outside and the entrance it does not really challenge that opinion.
The kitchen was closed due to the opening festivities later and a , good thing to see, a tourist party. It was interesting to be there while a large party visted to hear what it sounded like with a crowd. It works surprisingly well. As an aside the external windows are impressive pieces of insulation as well.
I like to see bars early , see this Inn Deep sequence and how it has changed, to see how they grow into their skin. They are not brewing for the bar yet and it will be interesting to find how the smells and sounds of brewing impact the other spaces.
Initial thoughts; Very promising as i visit this part of town quite a bit. Whether it can get people coming on cold January nights is another thing. ( p.s. buses to note 41 and 90 drop off right outside )
Nit Picks: This is all for the downstairs area:
Table arrangements are going to make getting beer be a fight for space or the poor people right with their backs to the bar table getting jostled. Or an arse in the back of their head.Unless there were physical limits i would have switched the bar and kitchen locations.
I do not like those long bench seats :) They dont accomodate all sizes of people and the poor sod who has to get in the middle has to do a Dukes of Hazzard style window leap.
The three sided square booths always leave the person in the corner missing out. Either 2 sided face to face or curved booths for more people.
Better signage: Toilets / Washrooms is like a Livingstonian expedition the first time.
( Update May 29th : Almost forgot. my ongoing table design crusade . There should be no sharp table corner edges in a bar. The MDF block tables with the old school chairs etc at them are guilty of this :) )
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