Glasgow Nightlife

Glasgow's busy nightlife scene is impressive and varied. Bars and pubs often close at midnight on weekends, but nightclubs often stay open until 3 or 4 am. Traditional ceilidh (a mix of country dancing, music, and song; pronounced kay-lee) is not as popular with locals as it used to be (except at weddings), but you can still find it at many more tourist-oriented establishments.


pubs were once hangouts for serious drinkers who demanded few comforts. Times have changed, and many of these gritty establishments have been transformed into trendy cocktail bars or cavernous spaces with multiple video monitors, though a few traditional bars do survive. Bars and pubs vary according to location; many of those in the City Centre cater to business types, although some still draw a more traditional clientele.

As elsewhere in Britain, electronic music—from house to techno to drum and bass—is par for the course in Glasgow's dance clubs. Much of the scene revolves around the City Centre, as a late-night walk down Sauchiehall Street on Friday or Saturday will reveal.

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Old Fruitmarket

  • Music Clubs

A wonderful venue for almost every type of music, this was once the city's fruit and vegetable market. The first-floor balcony, with...

Polo Lounge

  • Dance Clubs

Oozing with Edwardian style, the Polo Lounge is Glasgow's largest gay club. Upstairs is a bar that resembles an old-fashioned gentlemen's...

Rio Cafe

  • Cafes–Nightlife

With the feel of a 1950s diner, the laid-back Rio Cafe is all things to all people. Drop by in the evening to listen to musicians, DJs,...

Scotia Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

This bar serves up a taste of an authentic Glasgow pub, with traditional folk music regularly thrown in. ...


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One of Glasgow's oldest and most beautiful pubs, the wood-paneled Sloans is always lively and welcoming and serves traditional pub food...

Stand Comedy Club

  • Comedy Clubs

In the basement of a former school, the Stand Comedy Club has live shows every night of the week and is most popular on Thursday and...


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The small downstairs music venue gets crowded quickly when bands play Sunday to Thursday night, but that only adds to the electric atmosphere...

Sub Club

  • Dance Clubs

This atmospheric underground venue has staged cutting-edge music events since its jazz club days in the '50s. Legendary favorites like...


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A spacious corner bar, Tennents prides itself on its comprehensive selection of beers. You can expect lively conversation, as there's...

Òran Mór

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At the top of Byres Road, Òran Mór is in a massive church that still has its beautiful stained-glass windows as well as an upper hall,...


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