Where to Drink in Glasgow
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
17-19 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AE, UK
It's exceptionally difficult to recommend just one bar in pub-rich Glasgow, but the Horseshoe wins for friendliness, atmosphere, location and history. This establishment is one of the last remaining "palace pubs" of the early 20th century. The...
Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12, UK
This charming cobblestoned back street, lined with restaurants and bars, is the place for lively nightlife in Glasgow’s West End. When darkness falls, festive strings of lights twinkle overhead, and the sounds of live music and laughter drift from...
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...
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...
17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
This west end bar is an absolute must for lovers of good drink and architecture alike. Situated in a former cinema, the awe-inspiring space spills out over a number of levels, with the central atrium visible from all regions so you can always keep...
42 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB, UK
Any tea aficionado best sharpen their sleuthing abilities and set out to find Tchai-Ovna. Squirrelled away on a residential street in the Glasgow Uni ’hood, this cosy tea house is a welcome reprieve from the damp cold that seats itself into your...
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...
2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY, UK
Don’t head to Scotland without having yourself an Irn-Bru. This tipple is the be-all end-all of soda pop. Ask a local what they prefer — Irn-Bru or a classic Coke — and chances are the answer will be in the favour of the Bru every time. People...
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...
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....
401 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
There's a bit of something for everyone at Variety Bar. Although its is a bit too trendy to fully satisfy old-school punters, the friendly vibe means there's a good set of colourful regulars. Located near some of the city's best music venues, it...
108 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8BG, UK
Claiming to be Glasgow's oldest bar, Sloan's traces its history back to the end of the 18th Century. There's certainly a sense of history at the watering hole with its round bar and faded facade. Thankfully the drinks selection has moved with the...
1147 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TB, UK
The atmosphere is reliably lively at the Ben Nevis Bar, but it comes to life even more during one of the regular traditional folk music sessions held here. Grab a spot at the attractive bar, order one of the many ales on tap or a nip of whisky and...
182 Queen Margaret Dr, Glasgow G20 8NX, UK
One of the most memorable scenes in Danny Boyle's classic movie Trainspotting was filmed in Crosslands, a classic Glasgow bar in the city's west end. It was here that psychotic Frank Begbie, played by actor Robert Carlyle threw a pint glass from...
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...
421 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
A Glasgow institution, "Sleazy's" as the locals call it, is your one stop shop for arts, music, and cheap White Russians. Check the calendar for live music shows and make it a dinner stop, too -- a menu of gourmet burgers, sandwiches and salads...
154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH, UK
My boyfriend and I are scotch drinkers so we absolutely had to find the best bar to sample great scotch while we were in Glasgow. After a little research we found this bar. First we went and had dinner at a nearby spot where we had great food...
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...
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...
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