Opening a new drinking hole in Paisley is always a risky business.
You’d think that ‘Scotland’s biggest town’ would be able to sustain a million pubs. But with Glasgow city centre just an eight minute train ride away, Buddies stream out of Paisley all too often.
So the trick to making a success of a new joint in Paisley is to do something different. And The Lane is nothing if not different. Locals might remember the Shuttle Street venue as its previous incarnation, Suburbia, which was laid out like a cobbled lane with various small pubs at either side.
The Lane follows that theme, but introduces an impressive food offering to the mix. With a large bar/restaurant called The Ginger Slug up one flank and an American-style diner at the rear called Kerbside, The Lane appeals to families as well as seasoned drinkers.
A small, serving hatch prosecco bar called Fizzy’s is a nice touch and a private function room offers some exclusivity for large groups who book ahead.
That cobbled street effect left over from Suburbia remains and undoubtedly adds a unique element to this place. Shuttle Street itself is an attractive little road and The Lane’s interior makes you feel like you’ve simply walked into a different street…but out of the inevitable pissing rain.
The Ginger Slug was our first port of call and I was immediately impressed that they had the holy water that is Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap.
We took a seat at one of Kerbside’s ‘outside’ tables on the cobbled lane and looked at the menu. As we’d already eaten, we didn’t order food but the menu looks brilliant and we’ll definitely be back for a feed sometime soon.
Welcoming door staff and a lovely bar crew ensured the positive first impressions didn’t turn to disappointment.
The Lane has brought a touch of class to the town and is already a must-visit spot if you’re planning a night out in Paisley.