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A Trainspotting Filming Location That Serves Delicious Lunch In Glasgow

Trainspotting filming location, the pub scene: Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow.

The Trainspotting gang at the pub just before the fight scene.

A couple of weeks ago I flew to the UK once again, this time to see our absolute favorite band Poets of the Fall live in London and Glasgow. Aside from visiting a few locations from Sherlock, Outlander and World War Z, me and our friend Essi found our way to this beautiful Trainspotting filming location. It also turned out to be a lovely place to have some lunch and a pint of beer.

Trainspotting filming location, the pub scene: Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow.

The Trainspotting gang at the pub just before the fight scene.

The Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow

The reason we looked up this pub is, of course, the legendary pub fight scene from Trainspotting (1996). As many of you know, the sequel to this brilliant & funny film (also directed by Mr. Danny Boyle) just premiered in the UK, so it’s a good time to re-watch the original like we plan to do! We’ll still have to wait for T2 a couple of weeks here in Finland, but after that, we’ll definitely go and see it.

The Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow: filming location for Trainspotting.

The Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow: filming location for Trainspotting.

Knowing that the film premiered two decades ago, we didn’t expect too much of similarities in the interior of the restaurant. However, we were in for a happy surprise: the same balcony is still there and you can practically sit right where the Trainspotting bunch once sat (as we did!).

Almost everything else has changed: the high church ceiling and windows are still there, but the walls, tables, all of it, are now nice, modern and clean.

We watched the scene before our arrival to the pub that day and had *massive* giggles over it… and the fact we got to sit in the same spot holding similar pints!

I was so excited to be there and so busy with aligning the tablet with the key spots, that I actually forgot to take any proper photos of the place without the tablet!! So I had to go and steal this one from the Kelbourne Saint’s lovely Facebook page.

The Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow: filming location for Trainspotting.

The Kelbourne Saint: A lovely pub with delicious food.

Delicious lunch at the Trainspotting filming location

One thing I did not forget to photograph is the food. The heavenly food. The Kelbourne Saint is known for their rotisserie chicken and delicious sides, so we went for the chicken & mash combination. And it was sooo so good!

For dessert? Pie. We shared this incredible melt-in-your-mouth Apple & Blackberry Crumble with thick, creamy vanilla ice cream between us. I kid you not, we still talk about that pie two weeks later and have regrets about not having one whole thing for each.

Our friendly waiter saw us taking the photo below, asked about it and we started chatting. Five minutes later he was back and all excited about our website, particularly the Boston filming location photos. Turned out, he’d grown up in Boston and loved seeing anything related to his old city.

Just in case he ends up reading this…. Hey! Thanks for making our day! We had some really good giggles :)

Trainspotting filming location, the pub scene: Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow.

Begbie throws the pint, starts a fight. Brilliant scene!

At first, we snapped a few selfies in front of the railing, but then things got a little out of hand and we ended up practically cosplaying Begbie and Sick Boy. I combed my hair back while Essi got all excited, combing her long, blonde hair up and front:

“Hey, I can totally do that hair!”

What followed was at least 10 minutes of loud giggles and making stupid faces, while trying to get the angle right. I think we did pretty well, aye? ?

After finishing our meals and pints, and entertaining ourselves with all the Trainspotting fangirling, we had to practically rush out to make it to Poets of the Fall’s VIP meet & greet at the O2 ABC in city centre.

But before we left, I still had time to snap this one featuring Begbie’s friends watching the fight from above, looking pretty unimpressed.

Trainspotting filming location, the pub scene: The Kelbourne Saint, Glasgow.

Begbie’s pals watch, unimpressed, as their friend causes a mayhem.

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Tiia / Fangirl Quest
Tiia / Fangirl Quest
Photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter, marketing assistant. I once traveled across North America in flipflops. I love dogs, ketchup and many inspiring people. Visit my photo portfolio here.


  1. […] a Trainspotting sceneframe taken with the older ASUS tablet in a pub in Glasgow – the tablet’s edges are slightly wider, but also take up more space from the actual […]

  2. P-T says:

    This film gets me every time ?? can’t wait to see T2. Any other cool trainspotting locations in Glasgow? I thought they filmed most in Edinburgh.

  3. NattyBoo says:

    Hey!! I found your website through the article on The Guardian as I just had to find out what it is you do exactly… I get it now! Very clever. Glad I found my way here because HOLY BATMAN’S SHORTS you’ve been everywhere!! Wow, I am honestly v impressed. Living the dream, aye??

    • Oops, dang, a missed comment again! We have to start keeping a better eye on these :D

      YES, living the dream! It’s hard, unpaid work but when standing on amazing filming locations, also worth it. We’ve often been told (and do realize it ourselves) that we’d probably be easier off with a regular job and holidays, but pffft. This is our dream and we’re living it! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you spotted us on the Guardian :)

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