paisley beer festival

Paisley Beer Festival 2013

This September, Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating it’s 26th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

We will feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Yorkshire area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe.

paisley beer festival


Opening Times

Wed 11th 5pm – 11pm
Thu 12th noon – 11pm
Fri 13th noon – 12am
Sat 14th noon – 9pm

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You can also join the event by clicking on the Facebook Events Page here.



Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Beer Festival is now in its 23rd year and, as always, the intrepid band of loyal volunteers and beer enthusiasts will be turning the town hall into the largest bar in the area for four days.
Scotland’s biggest beer festival is expected to bring approximately 4,000 punters through the doors of Paisley Town Hall over the four days.
At last year’s event 20,000 pints of beer and cider were drunk – and organisers are expecting thirsty Buddies to sink even more this time around.
Festival organiser Danny Matheson said: “Paisley Beer Festival is the place to be for all the very best real ales, great fun and a great atmosphere.
“Our panel of experts have selected a range of beers which will suit all tastes.”
CAMRA volunteer, Karen Moore, added: “I’m hoping that loads of Buddies will come along this year and will help support this now famous event on Paisley’s social calendar.
“We all work really hard to make it a success.
“We are very proud of being Scotland’s biggest beer festival.
“If hundreds of great beers, good food and a fantastic atmosphere aren’t enough to persuade people to come along, they shouldn’t forget the potential there is to rub shoulders with the likes of Paolo Nutini, who I served last year!”

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 28, and will finish on Saturday, May 1.

Run solely by 50 volunteer members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, the festival has taken many months to organise .
This year there will be approximately 170 different draught beers from all over the UK, as well as various foreign beers, cider, perry and mead.
The Scottish bar will feature beers from Barrhead-based Kelburn Brewery and the Houston Brewery among others.
Food will once again be available from the ever-popular Melbourne Catering Co, who will serve up some delicious German sausages and French crepes to soak up all of the beer.
Live entertainment on Friday night is still to be confirmed but the Caledonian Pipe Band is booked for Saturday to play right throughout the day.
As has been the case for the last several years, CAMRA Renfrewshire will be raising money for the charity, Myeloma UK, to remember one of their members who died from the disease.
This year, they will be dressing up as James Bond characters and collecting cash for the worthy cause.
As always the organisers desperately need more volunteers to help the festival run smoothly from set-up on the Monday right through to the Sunday take-down.
If anyone is interested in helping, all you need to do is e-mail Karen at

Volunteers must be CAMRA members but you can sign up at the festival if you’re not already a member.
Entry is £5 (£3 concession on Wednesday and Thursday) and includes a festival glass and programme.
This includes free re-entry on subsequent days as long as you bring your glass along.

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Paisley is loosing one of it’s most loved Historic Art Novau Buildings under the West End regeneration, the former ABC Cinema which latterly became the Regal Bingo hall located at the corner of High Street and Lady Lane.

The Regal opened it’s door’s on the 26th November 1934 with 2054 seats with a grand ceremony performed by the provost.Designed by Charles macNair for Associated british Cinemas, it took the ubiquitous ABC name in 1963.The opening attraction was the film ‘The House of Rothschild’. Plans for the building by CJ McNair were submitted in 1930, although James McKissack has also been listed in connection with the building.
It was taken over by Caledonian Associated Cinemas in 1978 then sold to County Bingo in 1982, the sale of that company to Gala had triggered its closure on March 5th, 2006.

There has been activity at the building since early November maybe with hope we were all awaiting news it was to be re-opened and bring back the days of the ABC Minor’s but sadly it has fallen to Central Demolition of Bonnybridge to do the unblightening task of demolishing the entire building to pave way for a landscaped area, recent activity was this sunday morning 11/1/09 when the power to the building was disconected and Gas supplies being cut 14/1/09.
Paisley’s Most Palatial Super Cinema
The Regal
Specially designed to provide superlatively good entertainment, is certain to achieve an immediate and overwhelming success. In the spacious comfort that so increases ones enjoyment – and in an atmosphere of dignified and entrancing beauty – all the pleasures of perfect entertainment are yours.

Perfect Reproduction is provided by the most modern type of Western Electric apparatus, incorporating all the latest tangible improvements, including the new wide range System.The heating and ventilation plant is a marvel of modern engineering. It provides a constant supply of perished air, which provides a perfectly wholesome atmosphere.The cinema featured a Compton organ with an illuminated console. In the 1960s, it was renamed simply the ABC. Bought by CAC in 1978, it regained the name Regal, before finally closing in 1981. It has been a bingo & social club ever since.
Opening Advert

Charles James McNair, Architect Born: 1 November 1881 Died: 17 August 1955, Charles James McNair was born on 1 November 1881, the son of Henry McNair, butcher, and Catherine Sloan. He was articled to James Archibald Morris of Ayr from 1898 to 1903. In the latter year he moved to Glasgow to become assistant to John Nisbet and took over his practice on his retirement in 1910, with Robert Norman Houghton McKellar as his chief assistant from 1913.

McNair was primarily a cinema architect mainly through his partnership with George Urie Scott in the Cinema Construction Co: between the wars he worked with Robert Elder who was first chief assistant and then partner from 1936. It used to be said that McNair got the work and Elder designed it: Elder was an able designer but was remembered by an assistant, Robert Forsyth, as ‘a very shy man who didn’t want to take the credit’. Some of their later work was considerably influenced by T S Tait.

McNair was married twice: first to Agnes Jane Hamilton, and later to Margaret Coutts Jack. He died of coronary thrombosis in Victoria Infirmary Glasgow on 17 August 1955, his home address at the time of his death being 16 Carolside Avenue, Clarkston. He left estate of £8,902 17s 10d.
No doubt as the memories of the ABC come floding back and as you look out your old photographs with a tear in your eye please come into the message board on this site and share your memories and photos.As i write this this now the Demolition company will only state Demolition is Imminant but i expect within 3 weeks.

For images of the building please click here to go to the Flickr group page

Written by M Fedigan