This cute cobbled lane by day plays host to some of Glasgow’s finest independent shops and by night has restaurants well worth a visit. Upstairs in De Courcy’s Arcade, there is an assortment of independent businesses. Janet and John is an arts and crafts gallery promoting Scottish Creativity. Lovesome Emporium sells handmade accessories, knitwear and jewellery and hosts workshops including lamp making and arm knitting. DRAW Art Store is an independent retailer of fine stationery and graphic arts supplies from Japan, Europe and America, Jess Taylor Lashes and Beauty offer a range of beauty treatments from professional therapists. Leave the hustle, bustle, stress and strain of modern day life behind while you enjoy delicious home baking and sit in relaxed vintage splendor at The Cup & Saucer Vintage Tearoom.
The Root Of Magic is a family run magical creatures store retailing official Harry Potter merchandise and hosts potion and science workshops. Fashion, homeware and gifts from independent designers are available at Pink Poodle Boutique, a brand synonymous with colour, print and individuality. The Nancy Smillie Shop is described as an Aladdin’s cave, packed full of art, furniture, clothing, accessories and jewellery. Giving emerging artists a real shot, and generally promoting the very best of independent UK based artists, Art Pistol is also located in Cresswell Lane.
Cafe Go Go is perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Cafe Andaluz is a Spanish Tapas restaurant, serving tapas, paellas and a huge range of Spanish wines and cocktails. Zizzi is an Italian restaurant serves tasty, authentic dishes from pizza, pasta, risotto to salads, a full vegan menu and indulgent desserts – all in a uniquely designed restaurant.
Dowanside and Ruthven Lane
Daily hot yoga classes are available at Bikram Yoga at the entrance of Dowanside Lane. Continuing down Dowanside Lane, Starry Starry Night is a cornucopia of vintage, retro and antique clothing and jewellery. John R. Gibson picture frame maker is next door to Starry Starry Night. Relics antiques is at the bottom of Dowanside Lane.
At the top of Ruthven Lane, Hanoi Bike Shop is Glasgow’s original Vietnamese canteen. W2 Store an independent men’s designer store selling clothing, fragrance and wallets. Tucked behind W2, Pinups salon specialises in vintage beauty services. The Bothy is a Scottish restaurant serving modern classics with a twist, with live music, events and available for private hire and weddings.
Further down Ruthven Lane, Play It Again Records sell and buy old records, CDs and DVDs. City Centre Comics specialise in silver, bronze and modern age comics and graphic novels. Dance Glasgow have a breadth of classes and are focused on making dance accessible to everyone, no matter your age, body shape or ability.
Ninja Unicorn is a freelancers hub with great amenities ideal for creatives, self-employed, freelancers and start-ups. Many of the traders in Ruthven Mews Arcade specialise in vintage clothing, bric-à-brac, retro furniture and antiques. Subversion Gallery concentrates in pop and urban art. They show the best in new, distinctive and exclusive works from the most exciting emerging and established artists around.
Ashton Lane is known for its licensed cinema, bars and restaurants. Grosvenor Cinema has daily screenings and watch with baby events every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Grosvenor Cinema and Grosvenor Cafe have frequent events for everything from boozy brunches to family-friendly events.
The Movement Studio offer gyrotonic, gyrokinesis, physiotherapy, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, pilates, reiki, massage, floor barre, dance and callanetics. At the Movement Studio, women’s health physiotherapist, Gillian O’Kane specialises in the treatment of pregnancy and postnatal related conditions using a variety of methods such as physiotherapy, pregnancy massage, 1:1 Pilates and acupuncture.
Jinty McGuinty’s hosts live music every single night of the week. Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen has frequent tasting evenings and events. The Gardener has weekly pub quizzes and Grosvenor Cafe has DJs most nights of the week. Each month Ubiquitous Chip hosts jazz lunches, whisky tastings and has a wine club. Every Thursday and Sunday at 7pm there is free live music in the corner bar at Ubiquitous Chip.
Rain or shine, Vodka Wodka has a completely covered beer garden. Brel has a heated patio for year-round al fresco dining and a variety of spaces available for private hire. It’s fair to say that Byres Road wouldn’t work without Ashton Lane and neither would Ashton Lane work without Byres Road. The lane contains a variety of establishments that will make sure you leave with a full belly and a pair of jelly legs!