If you want to prepare for the game in the best way possible, then you could do a lot worse than heading to a couple of the local gems below, perfect for some pregame entertainment.
Celtic Park is located about two miles east of Glasgow’s city centre in the Parkhead area. There are at least four different buses from the city centre that take you to the ground, or you can take a train from Glasgow Central to Dalmarnock or Bridgeton which only takes five minutes.
The Butterfly and the Pig – With its shabby chic interior and vintage charm, The Butterfly and the Pig has the relaxed feeling of good home cooking. With a menu that offers to ‘phone in a pizza… or make you something you want’ if what they offer doesn’t take your fancy, nowhere else has such diversity and flexibility with bringing you what you want. The Butterfly and Piglet Burger contains neither creature, but good strong beef with a variety of cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, egg, jalapeños and/or any other topping you can imagine. It arrives on vintage crockery with a mountain of chips, enough food to last the week.
Kitty O’Shea’s – All reclaimed wood and homemade shutters, this pub has a cosy feel, with plenty of nooks and crannies to settle into. The central location means this fantastic pub is easy to get to and from, and there are plenty of beers on tap, with independent local breweries making up a good number of the selection. For lovers of stronger stuff there is even a separate whiskey bar where the staff will guide you through brilliantly if you’re unsure, and for anyone who didn’t manage to get a ticket to the match, there are plenty of screens showing the footy, meaning you’ve got all the bases covered.
Glasgow Central Tour – A tour of Glasgow’s main train station may not sound incredible, but this is so much better than initially expected, mainly down to Paul Lyons, the tour guide. This is the most entertaining way of getting a quick rundown on Glasgow’s history, told by a very funny, very passionate and very knowledgable man. The tour isn’t really about trains, this is all about Glasgow’s culture and social history. As an extra bonus, you’ll be heading underground so on cold Scottish nights it offers some welcome much-needed warmth and relief.
Glasgow Central Station, Gordon St, Glasgow, G1 3SL, Scotland
The Pot Still – A Glasgow institution, this pub boasts over 100 varieties of malt whisky, as well as dedicated and friendly staff who are happy to talk visitors through their choices. With its prime location you can go for a bit of a tasting session pregame, or even head there afterwards for a nightcap before you jump on your train home – either way this place is a must if you want to sample Scotland’s second best export (Kenny Dalglish obviously being the first).
The Pot Still, 154 Hope St, G2 2TH, Glasgow, United Kingdom, +44 141 333 0980
Glasgow G40 3RE, Scotland
+44 (0) 871 226 1888