The West End of Glasgow, Scotland is slowly turning into the hipster’s paradise I’ve always dreamed it could be. Artisan coffee, craft beer, and art museums; what is this, Portland?
But genuinely, the hipster generation, for all their pretentiousness, has an appreciation of local quality that was lost in the popular culture of the 80s and 00s. Words that you’ve heard in Ithaca, NY, Portland, OR, or Brooklyn, NY for years, like “organic,” “community,” “local,” are becoming part of the general vernacular of communities all over the world. Who wouldn’t want to experience the best of what each neighbourhood could offer?
Our mini-hipster date began at The Hyndland Fox. There is literally no way of knowing what type of service the Hyndland Fox offers without researching, a standard hipster business naming practice. My favorite part of The Hyndland Fox, other than the fact that The Hyndland Fox employs servers who wear flower garlands in their hair and offer toasted marshmallow milkshakes, is their weekly “Gatherings;” or rather little weekly events that specialise in a certain delicious food or drink. There’s nothing I love better than eating hipster food.
Later, we wandered over to Brew Dog, across from the Kelvingrove Gallery & Museum. I’ve never been the hugest fan of beer, which has always been fine in the UK since every bar always has a tasty cider for me on tap. Or gin for a wee gin and tonic. I’ve been assured, however, that the beer at Brew Dog is superb, and luckily for me and my slightly upset stomach, they even had root beer. British people seem to have an inherent disdain for root beer, similar to my feelings toward Irn Bru.
I love seeing craft breweries in the UK; it reminds me of the craft brewery movement of the 90s in the states that launched the success of Brooklyn Brewery (tour coming soon!). America, making the world a more delicious place. Our gift to the world may have been jazz, but Britain’s gift to the world was definitely America.
** Not pictured: Our actual dinner at Crabshakk, for several reasons, but mostly because it didn’t last long enough for us to photograph.
The Hyndland Fox
43 Clarence Dr
Glasgow G12 9QN
+44 (0) 141 341 6671
1397 Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8AN
Kelvingrove Gallery & Museum
Glasgow G3 8AG
+44 (0) 141 276 9599
1114 Argyle St
Glasgow G3 8TD
+44 (0) 141 334 6127