mu, IlllER STREET, GLASGOW. The people

who serve the Stella at this basement ' bar say “The Flu” is th_e centre for Scottish rock music. The gig, in fact, where many a mega famous band cut

its teeth. But whoever heard of Wet Wet ' Wet, llue and Dry and Deacon Blue? And who are Texas when they’re

at home? Surely, then, they can’t be I trusted when they say this used to be a jewellery warehouse, and the scene of a famous robbery. Believe what you like, there's a real buzz here and a life size rhinoceros’ head sticking through the wall. No, really!

TilE PATIO RESTAURANT B WE BAR, B UPPER DRAIDS, STIRLIllB. The world’s first multiple choice bar review: the

Patio is a charming a) restaurant and cafe bar, b) bar with attached restaurant, c) eating and drinking

emporium in Stirling, famed for its

a) Desperate Dan Pie, b) Dijon Steak, 5

c) Pork with Spicy Drange Sauce.

For starters, try Thelma chreath’s Garlic Bread and you’ll be a) hopping round the room, b) speaking with a highopitched voice, c) eating alone. The Stella is a) wonderful, b) nectar, c) very nice indeed. Which makes the Patio the perfect place for a) unwinding, b) drinking Stella, c) drinking more Stella. So, we have no hesitation in a) recommending it, b) telling our friends about it, c) bringing it home to meet our parents.

D’ARcY’S, PRlllcES SQUARE, BlASDDI. At last, a bar that knows its Bonchester Bridge from its Robrock. A place where you can order half a pound of Yarg with Nettles without being ridiculed. D’Arcy’s, you see, isn't just a modern wine and food bar that spills out into the basement at Princes Square. llor is it simply a beautifully designed restaurant where continental style food is the order of the day. It’s also a deli which sells a rather adventurous selection of cheeses. Such class isn’t altogether unexpected, though. D’Arcy’s is just downstairs from llamnett and Sassoon. And they do serve Stella.


CAFE CONTINENTAL, lllll. PlADE, KlRlDAlDY. In Kirkcaldy’s latin quarter, not a million kilo- metres from the nouvelle Coop, you'll discover a veritable continental haven. Step inside and

COURTYARD, BACKUAlK, STIRLING. I Derek (name changed) is the last remaining member of the Court- yard’s famous gnome family. The

NEBDDIANT’S, lDTlllAll STREET, EDIRBDRBII. liegociant’s is a cafe/bar/restaurant that has travelledtheworldandbroughtthebestbits back home. At lunchtime the menu has a

they'll pour you (pour vous?) the best cafe au lait this side of Paris and one of the coolest pints of Stella this side of Brussels. Served across one of the longest bars - on a clear day

others escaped but he won’t. Because

he’s been glued to the top ofanindoor fountain. Beneath him, young fools attempt to toss coins into a sub-

Iaiaysian/Indonesianslalltwhereas,klthe ambit. it’s rather more lndochinese/ £ (Dir oompllinents to the Nepalese um chef.) The wines hail from three

continents. The coffees are Eastern. And the beers are frequently strong and Belgian. Stella being one of many. But a word of advice. If you have to get up early tomorrow don’t drink 151 Shooters. A visit to lldgociant’s, like travelling, broadens the mind. But sometimesblowsit altogether.

you can just about see the end of it. Visit the intimate restaurant through the back where you can sip wine and mange, too. Definitely the best thing to come out of Kirk. caldy since

Raith Rovers.

merged wine glass to earn a free drink. Outside the fountain there’s a great comeoone-come-all atmosphere. There are two bars to prop up that serve Stella, plus Rosie D’Grady’s Food Emporium, home of the famous Orange Blossom Special. Well, who wanted to spend the afternoon up at the castle anyway?