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1920’s banking hall reborn as contemporary ‘brewpub’

July 5 2016

 1920’s banking hall reborn as contemporary ‘brewpub’
A B-listed Glasgow banking hall dating from the 1920’s has been reborn as a contemporary ‘brewpub’ following interior refurbishment works carried out by Jestico + Whiles on behalf of Glendola Leisure.

Shilling Bar & Brewery on the corner of West George and West Nile Street has seen later additions such as a mezzanine level stripped back from the former Commercial Bank of Scotland to reveal 20ft high coffered ceilings, fluted marble columns and even a wood burning oven.

New additions include a unicorn mural created by local artist Gaz Mackay and an inset star embossed within the concrete floor as well as a long bar and copper brewing vessels. Graphics and visual identity, also drawn up by Jestico + Whiles, have been influenced by the traditional ‘guilloche’ patterns printed on banknotes.

James Dilley, head of hospitality and interior design at Jestico + Whiles said: “We have worked carefully to reveal the original interiors and have overlaid contemporary features that resonate with the building’s rich history.’’

A foot-thick steel vault in the basement meanwhile has been opened up to provide access to bathrooms with a picture window offering views to the brew room, giving patrons a chance to observe the brewing process at first hand.
A chained unicorn greets guests
A chained unicorn greets guests
The full volume of the hall has been revealed for the first time in decades
The full volume of the hall has been revealed for the first time in decades


#1 Posted by Terra on 6 Jul 2016 at 02:52 AM
Lovely classical interior spruced up and...interestingly added to in a creative way. Fair enough. It's not too bad. Bit bright at night with all those bulbs on the ceiling though, but that's more down to my personal preference for low lighting.
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 7 Jul 2016 at 16:27 PM
About as homely as a school science lab

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