Glasgow Film Festival - Cary Grant's Glasgow
This year the Glasgow Film Festival has chosen to honour the work of Cary Grant, one of the most stylish actors of the silver screen. Zaineb Al- Hassani suggests a few haunts the star would have approved of
He scaled Mount Rushmore, romanced some of Hollywood’s most revered screen starlets, and was the epitome of suave for over thirty years. The debonair Mr Grant is no longer with us, but if you’re wanting a night out befitting his image, Glasgow can provide.
First on the list for those piling out of Grosvenor Cinema is Booly Mardy’s (28 Vinicombe Street). Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Byres Rd, Booly’s is as renowned for its commodious drinks menu as it is for enlisting bar tenders with a seemingly infinite knowledge of cocktail making. Try one of very many bloody mary recipes, or allow the bar tender to rustle you something up.
For a laid-back experience within reach of the CCA, head for The Black Sparrow (241 North Street) which, with its heavy Charles Bukowski influence (the name is a direct lift from Bukowski’s publishing house) is a drinking den from the days of old, when men wore fedoras and smoked cigars, and women came complete with stockings, pencil skirts and pearls.
Having knocked back a few martinis (gin, of course) at Sparrow, next on your list has to be Blythswood Square (11 Blythswood Square). A B-listed townhouse, the Cary Grants of this world should find great comfort in the minimalist, charming aura of this luxurious, boutique hotel. Sip a classic Gin Fizz, or choose from one of the many contemporary cocktails on offer, like the The Chevalier Rose. Hell, if your tux-clad date is paying, it would be a crime not to indulge in one of the more exclusive concoctions like the Vintage Rob Roy, which, at £45 a pop, should whet even the driest of whistles. Even if it does make your partner choke a little.
If you are in need of a spot of dinner, Fifi and Ally (80 Wellington St) is close to The Classic Grand venue and has a newly-extended late night menu that offers up a decent range of sophisticated dishes. The twice-baked Mull cheddar soufflé and braised lamb shank are particularly piquant.
To round up your evening make haste to Sloans nearby (62 Argyll Arcade) for a dance in the Grand Ballroom. The original interior may have faded over many years, but the venue has lost none of its grandiose charm. You and Cary will have a great time.