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January 10, 2014
[Howlin' Wolf: inspiration for a new blues bar on Bath Street.][1]
Howlin’ Wolf: inspiration for a new blues bar on Bath Street.

The blues, like real ale and beards, were once the preserve of middle aged men who couldn’t handle the adrenaline rush of collecting train numbers. That may be about to change as a new bar swings into action on Glasgow’s Bath Street.

The Howlin’ Wolf, pencilled in for a mid-February launch, promises to be a new bar, kitchen and juke joint ‘for lovers of blues, soul, homemade food, rock ‘n’ roll, cocktails and tall tales’.

Hungry like the wolf

The 5pm Dining blog is well up for most of them and we look forward to bellying up to the bar and sippin’ a glass or two of rye while pondering all the women who gone done us wrong.

You can all do your own gags about being hungry like the wolf.

It seems as though the team behind Slouch rock bar on Bath Street are behind the new project.

Hyde and seek

While on the subject of new bars in Glasgow, does anyone know what is happening with Hyde Bar and Dining on Partick Bridge Street? It’s been threatening to launch for over a year.

There was a flurry of Facebook activity just before Christmas but it all seems to have gone quiet again.

Meanwhile, on Hope Street, Arran Brewery continue to works towards the launch of their new bar. The aim is for it to be the first of four.

Moving to Glasgow’s West End, Peter’s West End closed on Hogmanay. We are short on details but believe that a new tapas place will open in the premises shortly.

Sticking with the West End, both Dram magazine and Roy Beer’s guide to West End dining and drinking are reporting that the Partick Tavern has been taken over by Colin Beattie (The Lismore, Oran Mor) and is being turned into  a 400 capacity craft beer and gastropub. The new venture is to be called The Partick Brewing Company.

Pay by the minute cafe

Finally, just in case you missed it: Cafe Ziferblat is a new cafe which has just opened in that London. A Russian-backed venture, all the drinks and food are free. Patrons simply pay by the minute for their time there. The current cost is 3p a minute. It worked for internet cafes.

The Guardian ran with it here.