The Hippo Taproom

Glasgow City Centre’s Best Beer Selection

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About Us

The story of The Hippo Taproom

The first bar from Hippo Beers

In November 2012, owners Derek Hoy & Alec Knox first opened the doors of Hippo Beers, Glasgow‘s first independent dedicated speciality beer store  on Queen Margaret Drive in Glasgow’s West End. Specialising in Craft Beer, Real Ale, and World beers, Hippo Beers quickly became an institution in the Glasgow beer scene renowned for its great range and customer service.

3½ years later that expertise and commitment to serving high quality beer, cider, wines & spirits led Hippo Beers to open their first bar on Glasgow’s iconic Sauchiehall Street – The Hippo Taproom was born.

Good times, Great Beers and so much more

About The Hippo Taproom

The Hippo Taproom at 323 Sauchiehall Street brings you the best beer selection in Glasgow City Center as you might expect from the Hippo Beers team.

Eight rotating Keg lines showcasing the best of Scottish Independent Breweries as well as craft beers from all over the world, three rotating Cask lines serving perfect pints of Real Ale and of course our house Lager from 71 Brewing & Cider from Thistly Cross both on tap.

Our fridges have over 70 different bottles and cans from all over the world and are replenished with new beers on a weekly basis so there will always be something new to try!

Now it’s not just beer we love – our premium spirits range will always give you the taste of something different and our wine list is carefully chosen to provide quality and variety. We stock a selection of soft drinks too if you’re taking it easy and filter coffee from the fantastic Charlie Mills.

Our specially designed food menu has everything from Vegan Friendly, and gluten-free dishes to Big Juicy Steak Sandwiches, complemented by moreish bar snacks if you just fancy a wee nibble.

Look out for our events too, Weekly Quiz (win a rollover jackpot prize), Tap Takeovers, Beer Launches, Meet-The-Brewers, and Pop-Up Kitchens to name a few.

  • Cracking beer.
  • Quality food.
  • Questionable music.
  • The Hippo Taproom.

We’ve got you covered.

What they say about us

Facebook 4.9* | Google 4.4* | Yelp 4.5* | Tripadvisor 4.5*

Probably the best we visited on our trip. The entrance is just a single door of the high street but goes down stairs to a very cool bar with a brilliant range of ales.

Tripadvisor user DannyTheBlade“Fantastic bar”

I’m seeing cask ales here that I’ve previously only ever drunk in Yorkshire! This is currently my favourite pub in Glasgow.

Facebook user TB

We had a very nice evening at the Hippo having a few beers and chatting with the bartenders. Craig was very personable and we enjoyed talking with him about the local brewing scene and how the beers stacked up. He graciously offered a sample or two the ensure we liked what we were purchasing. Overall, highly recommend and will gladly return if I ever make it back to Glasgow.

Google user AF

What a pleasant surprise when I stopped right in front of the entrance to answer a call! I had just entered a path of beer-goodness… The staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable. As my friend was quite picky, they managed to pinpoint what he would like and that’s always a good thing. Even I ,who knew what I would take, could have a quick taste in order not to order something that would disappoint me. Good point!

Facebook user JK

The Hippo Taproom on Instagram

Fancy an alternative Sunday lunch?

Pop down and grab some Parmesan & Herb Crusted Chicken Goujons. Ben uses bacon fat which makes them extra special.  Perfect with a pint of Just The Ticket from @fallenbrewing. 
#SundayLunch #FallenBrewing #baconmakeseverythingbetter
Great @cloudwaterbrew beer on for you today, Loral & Ardi (a collab with @lostandgroundedbrewers & @verdantbrew), Mandarina Bavaria Wheat Ale and Citra Ekuanot Session IPA. They are tasting and smelling absolutely fantastic. Fantastic as always, from Cloudwater #glasgowbeer #cloudwater #lostandgrounded #verdant
You better believe we got a keg of @basquelandbrew Coco Chango delivered today! We loved this stuff in bottles so much that we needed to grab a keg of it. #CocoLoco #Isolation #MilkyJoe #NahiDut
Presenting our new range of soft drinks from @squarerootldn. Keepin' it craft AF duderinos!!! Perfect on their own or as a mixer with a spirit or something, I dunno, do what you want I don't care. All joking aside these are bloody delicious.

#craftmustdie #hops #isthisrealale #bottleconditionedsoda #thesedimentisthebestbit #swirlies
As if having 5 delicious sours on draft for you tonight wasn't good enough, we've also got all of these tasty wee soor bams lurking in the fridges. Bring on that acid reflux. #soursesh
Everyone loves cherries right? Even hippos. That's cause they're very versatile little fruit, as can be seen here. You'll find 'em lurking in gose, lambic, berliner weisse and we're also gonna have a sour cherry saison from @rocketbrewing going on this weekend. #soursesh is one for all you bournemouth fc fans out there 🍒
That's the @hawksheadbrewery Key Lime Tau now on draft. It tastes like liquid lime Fruit Pastilles, therefore we heavily recommend garnishing your glass with a lime Fruit Pastille (please ignore the one that is lurking at the bottom of the glass after I accidentally dropped it im terrible at my job)
Relaunching tonight in the Taproom is @hawksheadbrewery and @crookedstave Key Lime Tau! A favourite from the 2015 Rainbow Project reborn. We'll be pouring this tonight and it'll join the lineup of our #soursesh that's happening on Friday, alongside @toolbeer Don't Gose Towards the Light, @fyneales Jammin, @rocketbrewing Nebula and @wildbeerco Tepache. Pucker up and that 😗😗
I dunno about you guys but we're pretty hyped at the prospect of these two coming absolutely blasting out the cask lines like a hot flannel. This is the only place outside of their taproom that you'll get to try these two on cask. Odyssey are one of the best breweries in the UK just now, wouldn't you agree? Both should hopefully make an appearance this weekend 🌶 ☕️ 🍫 🍼 #BigBlasters #Blastoise #HippoBirthday #SquirtleSquadGoals #SpiceGirls #VivaForever #IfYouWannaBeMyBlaster
How do you guys like the idea of a wee sour beer sesh coming to the taps soon?
Flashback to sunnier days when we sent wur Craig and Calum along to Cumbernauld to get their hands cut up picking wild gorse with these two gents. The first chance to try our collaborative birthday brew, a lime and gorse saison, made with @outoftownbrewing and @deadendbrewmachine is creeping closer, come along on Friday 23rd of June to get first dibs.
Not a bad way to kickstart the weekend, if we do say so ourselves. Still got some of our #bighitters from Chorlton, Dry &a Bitter/Cloudwater and Founders lined up, waiting for their chance to shine. Let them live their dreams.

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The Drink

The Hippo Taproom has 10 keg lines, 8 of which are on rotation and 3 cask lines, all of which will be on rotation as well around 70 bottles/cans, all served up by friendly and knowledgeable fellow beer fans as is the Hippo way.

Watch out for our #bighitters – specially selected draught beers every Friday for your weekend drinking pleasure.

The Bottle and Can list is updated regularly as we get great new beers in – check in the bar for the latest.

We’ll keep our tap list as up to date as possible, but while we’re busy serving you lovely people we may not have time to update this list immediately.

All beers are subject to availability.

The Taps

8 Rotating Keg lines – 3 Rotating Cask lines – House Lager & Cider

Keg (on rotation)

    • Keg 01

    • Stone - Double Bastard 11%

      Imperial American Strong Ale

    • Keg 02

    • Kirkstal/Galway Bay - The Fear 7.2%

      IPA

    • Keg 03

    • Thornbridge - Lukas 4.2%

      Helles Lager

    • Keg 04

    • Three Weavers/Bierbliotek/Adnams - Knock Knock 6%

      Sour IPA

    • Keg 05

    • Weihenstephaner - Hefeweissbier 5.4%

      Wheat Beer

    • Keg 06

    • Harviestoun - Ola Dubh 8%

      Ale Aged in Highland Park 12 Year Casks

    • Keg 07

    • Crafty Devil - Hop Manifesto 5.5%

      Hoppy Amber

    • Keg 08

    • Basqueland - Coco Chango 9.2%

      Imperial Rye Porter With Coconut

Cask (on rotation)

    • Cask 01

    • Fallen - Chew Chew 6%

      Salted Caramel Milk Stout

    • Cask 02

    • Fallen - Just The Ticket 4%

      Extra Pale Ale

    • Cask 03

    • Malinsons - Waimea 3.8%

      Single Hop Pale

ALL CASK

£3.20

Now All Day, Every Day!

House Taps

    • House Beer

    • 71 Brewing - Bohemian Pilsner

    • House Cider

    • Thistly Cross - Traditional Cider

      4.4% / pint

The Food

Food Deals

Lunchtime Special

Every Day 12pm-5pm

Steak or Falafel Sandwich
+ a ½ pint of cask ale, house lager or cider,
or a soft drink

£6.95

add fries for £1.50

Falafel Sandwich and soft drink

Stew ‘n’ Cask Deal

All day, every day

Our Stew of the Week with a Cask Ale

£7.95

To Share

  • Dipping Platter
    £8.00
    A selection of fresh breads baked daily, toasted pitta bread, fried polenta, grilled haloumi, baba ganoush, homemade hummus, red pepper salsa, herb marinated olives and fresh green salad (V)
  • Cheese Platter
    £6.50
    A selection of cheeses courtesy of I.J. Mellis and Mellis’ in house real ale chutney.

Smalls

  • Fries
    £3
    (Vegan) (GF)
  • Loaded Fries
    £5.50
    Topped with Chili Con Carne, Bacon, Jalapenos, Fried Onion and Melted Cheese.
  • Pot o’ Beans
    £3.50
    Marinated butterbeans in a thick herby tomato sauce (Vegan) (GF)

    Feeling meaty? Add spicy chorizo to the mix for an extra £1

  • Cauliflower Wings
    £5
    Buffalo wings that everyone can enjoy! Battered and deep fried florets of cauliflower tossed in butter, honey and hot sauce (V) (Vegan available)
  • Garlic Mushrooms
    £3.50
    Sauteed Mushrooms in a Garlic and White Wine sauce sprinkled with fresh parsley (V) (GF)

Bigs

  • Seasonal Stew
    £7.95
    A hearty bowl of seasonal meat and veg served with chunks of fresh crusty bread courtesy of the Bavarian Bakehouse

    Our stew changes up every week see the board for this week’s offering

  • The Hungry Hippo Burger
    £6.95
    Beef Patty stuffed with Cheese and topped with Bacon, Caramelised Red Onion, Jalapenos, Pickles with Ketchup, Mustard and Salad.
    Add Fries £1.50
    Make it Sloppy! (With Chili) £1.50
  • Steak Sarnie
    £6.95
    Strips of tender beef, caramelised red onion and Dijon mustard on a toasted ciabatta drizzled with olive oil served with a side salad.
    Add Chips for £1.50
  • Falafel Sarnie
    £5.95
    Homemade Falafel, caramelised red onion, chilli sauce, hummus and green leaves on a toasted ciabatta served with a side salad.
    Add Chips £1.50
  • Spanish Omelette
    £6.95
    Made with fluffy potatoes and slow cooked onions with roasted red peppers and basil. Served with a crunchy green salad (v) (GF)

What’s on @ The Hippo Taproom

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Book a Table, Event or Tasting

@ The Hippo Taproom

We are happy to take bookings from all group sizes whether its a table for drinks, snacks, and nibbles with friends, meals, to larger private events.

We can arrange private Tasting Events led by one of our knowledgeable and friendly Hippo Beermongers for parties of 6 or more.

If you want to discuss your booking with us call on 0141 353 3400, email bookings@hippotaproom.co.uk, or pop into the bar for a chat.

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