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Saturday, 6 April 2013

5 Top Tips for The Grand National

Don't be expecting any insider racing knowledge here - just five places in Glasgow to enjoy the most famous horse race,
The Grand National from Aintree.

Unlike other occasions, when watching sport big is often best. Large screens and lots of people add to the experience.
Perhaps surprisingly, Glasgow isn't blessed with a great amount of good sports bars but here are some worth visiting today.

1) The Old Schoolhouse, 311 Woodlands Road
With coverage ranging from personal TVs by your own table to hanging mammoths there are almost too many
options where to direct your eyes. But once you've decided, settle in for the duration.
The West End's only real sports bar of any size and with a enviable covered outdoor area.

2) Lock 27, 1100 Crow Road, Anniesland
Watching big events by the riverside has always meant something to me, perhaps to others too.
In the absence of any such sporting joints you can make do with canal-side.
The Lock may no longer pull in huge crowds but is still a good option on a sunny day like this
where you can console yourself with a waterside drink after losing your shirt.

3) Waxy O'Connor's, 44 West George Street
There's no escape outside if things go wrong here but you can just delve further into the
subterranean possibilities of this gargantuan boozer. Many screens, many seats, many bars.
What else do you need?

4) Drop, 17 Waterloo Street
Has changed its name a few times and while it now markets itself as a 'late' bar its chief draw is
still sport (football really) and 14 50-inch screens. Those kind of dimensions give most other bars
an inferiority complex.

5) Clockwork Beer Company, 1153-55 Cathcart Road
The southside deserves a mention and here it is. With almost as many own-brewed beers as there are
runners in The National, the Clockwork keeps building a pedigree as good as a top steeplechaser.
And plenty of screens too.

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