Out for a pint last night, ahead of another top Lebanese feast in the Beirut Star, and popped into the Old Toll Bar, at Paisley Road Toll, for the first time in ages.
What a gem of a pub; warm, welcoming, no big-screen TVs, and one of the finest, Victorian interiors in Glasgow; a symphony of polished brass, vintage advertising mirrors, cut and acid-etched glass, and carved and turned wood.
Hats off to business partners Mido Soliman and Tony Lewis for reawakening this sleeping beauty. Thanks to them, a little bit of once Lost Glasgow is thriving once again.
The bar dates back to 1874, and its spectacular gantry has been in place since 1893, when the pub was described in a trade newspaper as "one of the most handsome bars in Glasgow".
The bar is also a film star. In 2012 actor James McAvoy was among the big names who headed for the boozer to film scenes for Filth, the movie based on the Irvine Welsh novel.