Theme bars get a bad press because the themes are often naff from the outset, then date at the speed of light. When the inspiration is cult author Charles Bukowski however, & the bar has the best selection of American whiskey in Scotland – more than 60 in total – you’re in different territory. Situated just the other side of the M8 from the city centre, Chinaski’s decor is de-saturated & modish with only the amber spirits behind the bar providing visual warmth. There is an enclosed ‘bourbon & cigar garden’ for Glasgow’s occasional non-rainy days, but most of the attractions are indoors. If the whiskey list defeats you, try the bourbon of the month – Booker’s for example – or browse the 30-strong rum selection. Meanwhile, the menu is several cuts above average pub grub with duck or sea bass as typical mains & a decent Sunday brunch too.