el duderino...

Another caucasian, Gary...                                Photo by Almost Grown

Another caucasian, Gary...                                Photo by Almost Grown

The city's second Lebowskis bar opened up on Nithsdale Road in the southside earlier this summer, joining its Finnieston counterpart in celebrating Duder, His Dudeness, El Duderino, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski. Or does it?

It's a themed bar, yes. There's the rug that ties the room together, the bowling pin lightshades, Jeff Bridges' face on the wall and, of course, the fine menu of White Russians to work your way through. No mistake, it certainly takes inspiration from The Big Lebowski. The extensive White Russian menu is reason enough to begin or end a night at Lebowski's, and when you factor in the generous burgers with such insane add-ons as a macaroni cheese fritter then it's a fairly sure fire winning destination for a calorific night out.

Do these bars embody the ethos of The Dude though? Do they truly celebrate the spirit of The Big Lebowski? Or are they just latching onto one of cinema's coolest cult favourites? Beneath the themed surface, these bars are generic spaces. Very welcoming, with a familiar neighbourhood vibe, both. I've frequented each of them and will continue to do so, but I can't help wishing that they would go the extra mile and follow through on the name that brings so many people in... A Lebowski themed quiz night? More movie-related décor? Screening evenings? Lebowski Halloween theme? It seems like they're doing little more than dipping their toe (with nailpolish!) into the water. But that's just, like, my opinion, man. Definitely visit one lazy Sunday, bring the family. Buy your Ma The Bunny and your Da The Gutterball. Abide.