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Offshore, Gibson Street, Glasgow

Offshore, gibson street, glasgow

Offshore

The single shot

A popular student hang-out that has plenty to offer everyone else, too.

Offshore, 3-5 Gibson Street, Glasgow G12 8NU. Map »

Tel 0141 341 0110
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Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm
Sat-Sun 9am-9pm

I do like to be beside the Kelvin.

There’s a special place in my heart for Offshore. It’s probably where I first got the bug for exploring Glasgow’s coffee scene.

Way back in the mists of time, not long after I’d moved to the city, a former boss introduced me to this spot. He was looking for computer help (this is something of a recurring theme in my life – not that I complain if it means I get a cuppa out of it). In Offshore, it was a case of come for the free wifi, stay for the coffee.

Nestled on the corner of Gibson Street right next to the Kelvin, Offshore’s so handy for Glasgow University that it’s a very popular student hangout. Indeed, during my brief flirtation with studying Italian, I’d often stop in just before my lesson (as a final top-up of knowledge, obviously, and never to do all of the homework that I’d ignored for the past seven days). That’s as close as I’ve ever come to being a student.

It’s an appropriately quirky space, with bright colours and a nautical name and logo. Downstairs is a large open area that’s normally in use as a gallery. Upstairs there’s plenty of space to chill out.

Since my first trip to Offshore all those years ago, I’ve been a regular visitor. Although it now shuts at 9pm – it used to be open an hour longer – it’s still a great spot to head for on those evenings when you want to meet friends but don’t really want to go to the pub (I know that’s approaching sacrilege in this city, but it does sometimes happen. Honest).

An evening visit also gives me an excuse for cake – walk from the far end of Partick to Kelvinbridge and you’ve earned a snack, I feel, and Offshore’s traybake-type offerings are well worth the effort. And the calories.

Offshore’s prices have gone up quite a lot in recent years – it’s now £2.65 for what they call a regular (but is really a large) cappuccino.

But while the nearby Artisan Roast perhaps just edges it on the coffee itself, Offshore’s laid-back vibe and comfy sofas, and its downstairs, gallery give it the upper hand on atmosphere.

Come for the coffee. The wifi is just a bonus.

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