Nicholson's Pubs

Drum and Monkey, Glasgow


A grand pub in a grand building

Our historic pub is located on St Vincent Street, which marks the British sea victory over the French off the coast of Spain in the sea battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797, one of the first battles of the Napoleonic Wars.  

Built in 1924 by architect Andrew Balfour, the American-style building was once one of Glasgow’s many bank buildings. And, as you explore the spacious interiors with ornate corniced ceilings, wood panelling, and marble columns, you’ll feel a sense of the building’s former grandeur.

We often get asked about the story behind our pub’s name – it is said to derive from the travelling showmen who would tour the country with performing monkeys who would often play on a drum.

Find us


The Drum and Monkey, 91 St. Vincent Street,
Glasgow, , G2 5TF

Tel: 0141 221 6636

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Nicholson’s Pubs are known for their individual style, exciting stories, and charming personalities — and The Drum & Monkey is certainly no exception, with a selection of glorious G&Ts, cask conditioned ales, and brewery fresh Innis and Gunn Tank Lager direct from Inveralmond Brewery in Perthshire.

The Drum and Monkey was a former a bank building, and retains an air of grandeur. Erected in 1924 by the eminent architect Andrew Balfour, our pub’s style has been compared to classical American architecture of the time. Our location on St. Vincent Street, marks the British sea victory over the French off the coast of Spain in 1797.

Our famous name is said to derive from the travelling showmen who would tour the country with performing monkeys which would often play on a drum.

Find us

The Drum and Monkey,91 St. Vincent Street,
,G2 5TF

Tel: 0141 221 6636

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:30

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 12:00 - 00:00
  • Christmas Day CLOSED
  • Boxing Day 12:00 - 23:30
  • New Years Eve 12:00 - 01:00
  • New Years Day 12:00 - 23:30



As a staple in the pub landscape for over 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our classic pub menus.

Imagine taking your seat for a starter we know you’ll like… Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our Crofter’s Pie and British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another sensational classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is pub food, done right.



Here at St. Vincent Street Glasgow, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in Glasgow.