Glasgow's Coolest Bars and Clubs
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
Make no bones about it—Glasgow is very much a party city. In fact Glaswegians wear the city's collection of world-class clubs, bars, and music venues as a badge of pride. Glasgow's obsession with music shines through at many of its venues, which have a strong bent towards live performances. Expertly mixed cocktails and laid-back hangouts are also prevalent.
Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ, UK
The slightly goofy-sounding name of this beloved concert venue explains its history: it occupies a Merchant City building that really did house a produce market back in the 1800s. Many of the original architectural details from those days are...
22 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD, UK
It may be a little claustrophobic for the faint of heart, but positive vibes, a pumping sound-system and reliably excellent music have cemented the Sub Club's reputation as one of the best clubs in the UK. The venue's Subculture nights on...
253 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL, UK
“Like a lot of theaters in Glasgow, the Arches is a reclaimed space. The vaults under the city’s railway station have been turned into one of my favorite theater venues. By night it’s a club, too.” - Stewart Laing This appeared in the...
Top of Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8QX, UK
Translating into ‘big song’ in Gaelic, Òran Mór is a linchpin of entertainment in Glasgow’s trendy west end. Located in the former Kelvinside Parish Church, this stunner of a venue is host to concerts (think FKA Twigs), plays (the irresistible...
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...
12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
The Ubiquitious Chip is one of Glasgow's favourite restaurants. Located in the buzzing Ashton Lane in the West End it draws a great crowd. The menu is fantastic with Scotland's famous seafood well represented. The upstairs bar always has a great...
22-28 Renfield Ln, Glasgow G2 6PH, UK
Another of Glasgow's effortlessly hip multi-disciplinary venues, Stereo ticks several boxes. There's excellent vegetarian cuisine, live music most nights and the city centre location makes it a convenient place to pop into for a couple of drinks....
142 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3AU, UK
They throw a lot at the wall at The Flying Duck when it comes to scheduling events. Not only is the bar/club the venue for some of Glasgow's coolest nights, it frequently hosts more outre occasions such as bingo nights and nude life drawing...
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