Nightlife & the Arts in Glasgow
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Home to Scotland's national orchestra, and opera and dance companies, Glasgow is truly the artistic hub of the country. The city's mix of university students, artists, and professionals has created a spirited pub-and-club scene at night.
Because Glasgow is home to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, there is always a pool of impressive young talent that's pressing the city's artistic boundaries in theater, music, and film. Glasgow is known for vibrant theater, with everything from cutting-edge one-act plays to over-the-top pantomines. And the arts don't end with theater, as Glasgow's music scene is eclectic and constantly growing. Most bars host live bands whose music ranges from traditional Scottish to the blues to rock and roll. There are, of course, plenty of places to enjoy classical music.
Glasgow's nightlife scene is impressive and there's something here for everyone. Bars and pubs often close at midnight on the 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 as it used to be (unless you're at a wedding), but you can still find it at many establishments. Consult the biweekly magazine the List, available at newsstands and bookstores, and the Scotsman, Herald, and Evening Times newspapers for up-to-date performance and event listings.
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