A pub was ravaged by thirsty gamblers after it forced them to sit without tables in the parking garage that had been turned into a beer garden, while local bars opened their shutters for the first time in three months.
The Brass Button in Motherwell, near Glasgow, was dubbed Scotland’s worst pub on social media, as disappointed drinkers popped up a few seats between smelly bins and graffiti-covered walls in a cordoned off area of the parking lot.
And The White Elephant, near Glasgow, was also mocked for its beer garden after revelers started fighting between parking fees in the so-called beer garden.
Many pubs in the UK have converted their car parks into beer gardens to bring in more customers, with local communities often gathering around the businesses and complimenting their resourcefulness.
Pubs in England opened their doors to what was called Super Saturday last week, while those in Scotland followed Monday.
The Brass Button in Motherwell, outside of Glasgow, is accused of having Scotland’s worst beer garden. Punters showed up to find seats placed in a parking lot
The area next to the graffiti covered wall was cordoned off for thirsty gamblers
The Brass Button is popular in the area and is known for its cocktails
Popular for its cocktails, the Brass Button has been labeled Scotland’s worst pub.
Throwing a photo online, a punter jokingly said, “Nice beer garden in Motherwell if someone wants a pint.”
Another joked, “Must have tried to figure out which table would be best.”
As Scottish pubs threw open their doors yesterday, an video posted online also showed a fight erupting at the White Elephant, with a man lying on the floor clinging to another man’s leg as other gamblers attempted to pull them apart.
At one point, a reveler is seen pushing his hand in the man’s face, pressing him to the floor and suddenly withdrawing.
Shouts and screams can be heard in the background as a person cries, “Go away!” and another scream “liar!” with the group.
A fight also broke out at the White Elephant, Glasgow, when thirsty gamblers made their first drink for over three months
At one point, a man pinned another to the floor by placing his hands on the man’s face
You see other drinkers quietly sipping their drinks at tables while ignoring the commotion a few feet away.
The clip was posted on For Scotland’s Sake yesterday with the caption, “ Scenes in a Scottish beer garden.
“It seems like we Scots are just as drunk and fighting as soon as we get to a pub. Also no social distance. ‘
The pub’s beer garden, a collection of industrial chairs and tables, has also slammed on social media.
Beer garden? It looks like the entrance to the local junk yard … is not a pun intended, ” said a Twitter user.
“Beer garden, poetic permit there,” said a second.
And a third jokingly added, “What a lovely beer garden, they just screw it up.”
Before the reopening, the pub had placed chairs and tables in the parking garage that had been transformed into a beer garden
Pictured above is the White Elephant, Glasgow, as viewed on Google Maps
However, other pubs have seen gamblers gather in support as they convert car parks into beer gardens to provide more seating for customers.
A Yorkshire pub was congratulated for placing socially spaced picnic tables in the parking lot next to a bar.
Customer Alison Rodgers tweeted a photo and said, “This is what taking a distance from Yorkshire village cafes.
“Our local had booked 128 people all day yesterday and turned the parking lot into a beer garden.
‘It was good to be able to support our local population. Not a managed pub, this is their home and business. ‘
Locals in a Yorkshire pub gathered around the company praising it for converting the parking lot
And The Starting Gate in Merseyside was also supported after it transformed part of the parking lot
The starting gate in Merseyside is also praised for its ‘fantastic’ car park that has been turned into a beer garden.
“It was hard work and we absolutely couldn’t get to the finish without the help of our regular customers and girls,” they said on social media.
A drinker commented, “Absolutely great weed, you have to be proud as a punch, best pub and atmosphere for a pint.”
Another said, “Looking good, well done to everyone involved!”
And a third said, “I can’t wait to get a pint!”
Social distance rules in Scotland require pubs to serve drinkers outside, and many pubs struggle to ‘build’ beer gardens for this.
Police Scotland said it was called to the White Elephant, but when it arrived there was no evidence of a fight.
The pub has been contacted for comment.