Glasgow's Best Bistros and Gastrobars
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
Perhaps even more so than its fine-dining venues, Glasgow's bars and casual bistros exemplify the changing face of the city's dining scene. From cutting edge Japanese fare to hearty options that mine the very best produce Scotland has to offer, these venues don't scrimp on class while maintaining a friendly and approachable persona.
920 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 7TF, UK
Right in the heart of Glasgow's up and coming Finnieston, Ox and Finch is a trendy, high-ceilinged venue with a casual vibe, offering creative and contemporary tapas-style dishes. Definitely one of Glasgow's most inventive, refreshing tables at...
48 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0XX, UK
Converted from an old warehouse just a beat from the heart of the city in Glasgow’s East End, Drygate Brewing Co. is the United Kingdom’s first experiential brewery. Sit in the Brewhouse Restaurant and you’ll be treated to a view of Drygate’s...
12, Kings Court, Glasgow G1 5RB, UK
An air of casual cool permeates the atmosphere at this, one of Glasgow's best gathering spots for fans of alternative music. A judiciously curated events schedule runs the gamut from book readings to live performances, while the cafe serves great...
25 St Vincent Pl, Glasgow G1 2DT, UK
Straddling the divide between casual and upscale with skill, Urban Bar and Brasserie delivers fantastic cooking (especially of fish) at highly reasonable prices. The grand dining space gives the venue a rarified air of sophistication and secluded...
16-18 Blackfriars St, Glasgow G1 1PE, UK
Glasgow's notoriously unpredictable weather doesn't offer reliable scope for balmy days in a beer garden. However, when the sun is shining, this Merchant City favourite reels in the punters. The upstairs restaurant at the venue has a French...
3 Virginia Ct, Glasgow G1 1TS, UK
Hip Merchant City is a fitting location for this cool, cosmopolitan venue. There's a pronounced Spanish accent to the place and it shines through in aspects such as the tapas-style small plates and items such as croquettes. However, influences...
441 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
Nanakusa does a lot of things very well. The long, narrow restaurant in the heart of the city is a huge hit with the office lunch crowd thanks to its reasonably priced set meals and bento boxes. There's a fair bit of flair on show too. In addition...
239 North St, Glasgow G3 7DL, UK
A fixture with Glasgow's cool kids, Chinaski's continues to thrive. It may not look like much from the outside, but interiors inspired by novelist Charles Bukowski, a great selection of music and some excellent drinks and bar food ensure its...
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