Review: The Rum Shack, 657–659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB

The rum shack Southside Glasgow

Taking over a wee old mans’ pub in Govanhill and creating a Caribbean vibe sounds like a tall order, but I think The Rum Shack have done it.  It’s not all palm trees and blow up bananas though (thankfully!).

The rum shack Southside Glasgow

With reggae playing in the background, it’s £2.50 for rum and coke to accompany lunch or dinner served from their Caribbean-inspired menu.

The rum shack Southside Glasgow
Menu at The Rum Shack
The rum shack Southside Glasgow
Menu at The Rum Shack
The rum shack Southside Glasgow
Not just rum!

We struggled to pick dishes, they all sounded so good – goat curry, spicy fish, all sounded delicious.

The rum shack Southside Glasgow
Popcorn Prawns £6.50

Good sized prawns with lip-smacking batter and dipping sauce, a wee bit steep in price for me though.

The rum shack Southside Glasgow
Accra (salt fish) £5.00

Salt fish shaped and fried, an excellent bar snack.

The rum shack Southside Glasgow
1/4 Jerk Chicken £8

We both went for 1/4 jerk chicken served with rice and peas as well as salad and corn on the cob.  There is also a 1/2 chicken size available.  Charcoaly, spicy and lots of meat to pull off the bone.  Like Nando’s only much better. Myself and Miss D loved it.

Tidy toilets, friendly staff, good spirit and beer selection – all good stuff. Will have to come back at night for one of their music nights.


+ food
+ rum
– pricy starters




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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  1. John

    Unfortunately this restaurant and bar was a let down. Unfriendly staff, unless on you’re a mate, can’t talk to the owner/manager/bar staff without being part of the “in crowd”. The bands are average at best. Do you really want UB40 on a Saturday night?
    The food is half decent and that is really the best I can say.
    All and all I suggest stay in the city centre or the west end for good food and a good vibe.

    1. Glasgow Foodie

      Gah thats not good. Have been in at night a couple of times for drinks and found it OK, music not to my taste but OK for a pit stop rum.

  2. Emma

    This place probably isn’t suited to everyone, however for those who like the relaxed vibe (its the perfect place to chill out the day after the night before), then it’s as good as it gets really. The music policy is one of the best I’ve encountered. If you can name at least 5 out of the 10 artists in the top 10, it’s not for you. Expect reggae, disco, funk, soul from across the decades. The food is also outstanding. The jerk dishes are amazing and the coconut ice cream really is something else.
    Can’t fault the place, but I’d stop short of taking my mother…

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