Glasgow’s West End is well known for its bohemian air, students & café/bars where you can get anything from a breakfast thali to a cocktail in a teapot. However, if you’re looking for an amenable, traditional-style pub, The Lismore is ideal. Situated just round the corner from the bottom of Byres Road, the establishment takes its name from a small island in Argyll & the moniker is writ large on the frontage (Lios Mor is the Gaelic version). Inside you find two adjoining bars, predominantly wooden fixtures & fittings, & light flooding in through stained glass windows. There are a couple of real ales on tap, but the speciality here is single malt whisky, with dozens & dozens on offer – just the ticket for mellow afternoons & convivial evenings. Overall, this is a modern, boozy homage to Glasgow’s long-standing relationship with the Highlands & Islands.