Glasgow Nightlife

Glasgow’s music scene is vibrant and creative, and many successful pop artists began their careers in its pubs and clubs. Celtic Connections is probably one of the world’s most important festivals of its kind, and the city’s summer Jazz Festival has attracted some of the world's finest players.

When it comes to nightlife, the city center and the West End are alive with pubs and clubs

offering an eclectic mix of everything from bagpipes to salsa to punk. The biweekly magazine the List, available at newsstands and many cafés and arts centers, is an indispensable guide to Glasgow’s bars and clubs.

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The 78 has cozy sofas, a real coal fire, and tasty vegan food. There's live music every night, with jazz on Sunday. ...


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One of the city's largest arts venues, the Arches thumps with house and techno on Friday and Saturday nights. The club welcomes big music...

Babbity Bowster's

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A busy, friendly spot, Babbity Bowster's serves real ales and excellent, mainly Scottish food, prepared for more than a decade now by...

Baby Grand

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One of Glasgow's best-kept secrets, this intimate piano bar is hidden behind the King's Theatre. It serves good food all day, and it...

Ben Nevis

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This eccentric pub is full of Highland artifacts. There are more than 180 whiskies from which to choose and traditional live music on...

Black Sparrow

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A cool Charles Bukowski theme bar named after the American writer's publishing company, the Black Sparrow serves potent cocktails and...


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At Bloc, you can step behind a curious version of the Iron Curtain where Tex-Mex diner food mixes with an eclectic musical mash of DJs...


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Despite its former austere existence as a church, the always-busy Cottiers is a famous haunt of the young, particularly in the summer...


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With mismatched furnishings and the odd stag's head on the wall, Dram's four large rooms are decorated in a style that can only be described...


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There's a wide selection of beers and whiskies at the Halt. Look for a good lineup of established and up-and-coming rock groups in the...