Pictured: Film crew outside Lauriston Bar in 2022 (Image: supplied)
In recent years, Glasgow has become a hotbed of film crews and celebrity spotting, with many big-name productions coming to the city, from Indiana Jones to Batman.
We’ve done a little work and compiled a list of places in the city as well as an area where you can visit to recreate a little of the movie magic for yourself.
Here are just ten of the many bars, restaurants and hotels in Scotland that have been used as backdrops to some of our favorite films and TV series.
1802 @ Hutchison’s Hall
158 Ingram Street, Glasgow
This historic city center building in Glasgow was having a Hollywood moment before the pandemic, when it was still known as Hutchison’s Bar & Grill and owned by restaurateur James Rusk.
Fans of the 2017 drama The Wife starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater may remember a scene in which characters Nathaniel and Joan share a drink in the venue’s former 158 Club lounge.
58 Bridge Street, Glasgow
Last month, the Herald published a feature highlighting Lauriston’s on-screen legacy after it was announced that the bar would be sold to the Clancy family after 40 years.
Whether it’s music videos for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Fratellis, serious dramas like Deadshot (2023) or a fleeting moment in series two of HBO’s Succession, the beloved venue’s ’60s interiors are always guaranteed to steal the show.
Horn Milk Bar
While this family-owned pitstop on the A90 prides itself on serving ‘the world’s best bacon roll’, it’s the retro American aesthetic that has attracted the interest of film and TV crews.
You can see the venue and its unique rooftop cow in Wedding Season starring Rosa Salazar and Gavin Drea, now streaming on Disney+.
182 Queen Margaret Drive Glasgow
Briefly known as Franco’s and before that Kelbourne St and The Crosslands, this Glasgow bar served as the location for one of the most memorable scenes in Danny Boyles’ Trainspotting, featuring a balcony, a glass and Robert Carlyle. included a shaky performance.
There are plenty of other landmark spots from both the 1996 film and its sequels around both Glasgow and Edinburgh (for example, Spud and Renton even share milkshakes at Café D’Iaconelli on Maryhill Road) but this one is definitely on the bucket list. Of any Scottish film lover.
The inn is perhaps best known for being a short walk from the location used for Hagrid’s Hut in several of the Harry Potter films, but it also appeared in the late 00s romcom Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan and Kevin McKidd played a rich man. Scottish duke.
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh
OK, filming didn’t take place inside this bright pink café in Edinburgh’s Old Town, but it was probably one of Scotland’s biggest blockbuster productions ever.
Layla’s claim to fame is that Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is slammed into her circular windows during a particularly energetic fight sequence in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.
West Register Street, Edinburgh
This Edinburgh institution specializes in oysters and once appeared in an Academy Award-winning British picture.
While most people will associate Chariots of Fire (1981) with an iconic scene filmed on West Sands Beach in St Andrews, the glamorous Café Royal was used for a meeting between Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Sybil Gordon (Alice Krige) Was done as set.
Loch Long, Shore Road, Arrochar
The Village Inn was given an ’80s makeover for its appearance in the latest series of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror which included sourcing period furniture and the installation of a fake wall to cover the reception area.
In a scene from the episode titled ‘Loch Henry’, Four Weddings and a Funeral actor John Hannah stumbles down a staircase leading to the Inn’s hotel rooms.
Ben Street, Glasgow
Revisiting the Netflix sitcom Lovesick makes for a fun game of ‘I Spy’ filled with recognizable landmarks in Glasgow, from Kelvingrove Park to the buff club in the city centre.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, including the popular music venue St Luke’s in the East End, which was prominently featured in episode three of the third series.
Mounthooly Street, Lerwick
The lounge bar in the hit Scottish crime drama, Shetland, can be watched more than once.
If you’re not familiar with the BBC series based on Ann Cleves’ novels, which has been running for the past decade, a visit to this Mounthooly Street pub is still worth it just for the regular program of traditional music.
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