Last drinks at the Press Bar

The Press Bar, a pub in the centre of Glasgow that has fuelled yarns and provided a sanctuary for generations of journalists, is to be sold by the McEntee family, its owner for the last 85 years.

“We have had a great clientele over the years and I have enjoyed mixing with different people every day of the week but I started working in the pub 35 years ago which is why I feel like getting out,” third generation publican Vincent McEntee said.

“It was a hard decision but we can only now wait and see what happens in the future.”

The pub was purchased by Tom McEntee in 1928. Afterwards, the Daily Express opened next door.

When the Express moved south to Manchester in 1974, the Scottish Daily News took up residence, but it only lasted six months.

After a decade-long hiatus from journalists, in 1988 the Evening Times and Glasgow Herald moved in.

The tales from The Press Bar are legendary, not least that of one reporter whose bank manager enquired if he was being blackmailed by someone called “McEntee” as most of his cheques every month were made out to that name.The tales from The Press Bar are legendary, not least that of one reporter whose bank manager enquired if he was being blackmailed by someone called “McEntee” as most of his cheques every month were made out to that name.The tales from The Press Bar are legendary, not least that of one reporter whose bank manager enquired if he was being blackmailed by someone called “McEntee” as most of his cheques every month were made out to that name.

The Press Bar’s link to the newspaper industry were severed in 2000, when the Herald and Times moved to its current home on Renfield St, about a 15 minute walk from the pub.

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