Glasgow

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.

Glasgow's pubs were once hangouts for serious drinkers who demanded few comforts. Today many of these gritty establishments have been transformed into trendy cocktail bars or cavernous spaces with video monitors, though a few traditional bars survive. Bars and pubs vary according to location; many in the City Centre cater to business types, while those in the West End and Finnieston draw in the younger crowd.

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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  • 1. Scotia Bar

    Merchant City | Bars/Pubs

    This place is a survivor of a different, older city, but it offers a taste of an authentic Glasgow pub, with traditional folk music performances...Read More

  • 2. Sloans

    City Centre | Bars/Pubs

    One of Glasgow's oldest and most iconic pubs, the wood-paneled Sloans is always lively and welcoming; it serves traditional pub food like fish...Read More

  • 3. 78

    Finnieston | Bars/Pubs

    Enjoy cozy sofas, a real coal fire, and tasty vegan food throughout the day. There's live music every night, with jazz on Sunday. ...Read More

  • 4. Arta

    Merchant City | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Built on the site of Glasgow's traditional cheese market, Arta has transformed the place into what feels and looks like a Spanish hacienda....Read More

  • 5. Ben Nevis

    Finnieston | Bars/Pubs

    A traditional pub still holding its own on the trendy Finnieston strip, this eccentric spot is full of Highland artifacts. There are more than...Read More

  • 6. Bloc+

    City Centre | Bars/Pubs

    Step behind a curious version of the Iron Curtain where burgers and Tex-Mex diner food mix with an eclectic musical mash of DJs and live rock...Read More

  • 7. Boteco do Brasil

    Merchant City | Bars/Pubs

    Glasgow's only Brazilian bar-restaurant-club has salsa nights Wednesdays and Latin music to dance to on weekends until 3 am....Read More

  • 8. Dram!

    West End | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 9. King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

    City Centre | Music Clubs

    An intimate venue showcasing up-and-coming independent bands since 1990, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut claims to have been the venue that discovered...Read More

  • 10. La Cheetah

    City Centre | Music Clubs

    A tiny club in the basement of Max's Bar, La Cheetah is popular precisely because it's small and intimate. It plays a variety of dance and electronic...Read More

  • 11. Old Fruitmarket

    Merchant City | 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 its intricate...Read More

  • 12. Òran Mór

    West End | Bars/Pubs

    At the top of Byres Road, Òran Mór has estabished itself as the heart of West End nightlife. Located in what was once a church, it still has...Read More

  • 13. Polo Lounge

    Merchant City | 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 club...Read More

  • 14. Stand Comedy Club

    West End | 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 Friday...Read More

  • 15. Stereo

    City Centre | Dance Clubs

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

  • 16. Sub Club

    City Centre | Dance Clubs

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

  • 17. Swing

    City Centre | Music Clubs

    Hidden behind a narrow doorway on Hope Street, Swing comes as a surprise. It is an art deco bar that has survived the city's changes, and jazz...Read More

  • 18. Tennents

    West End | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 19. Moskito

    City Centre | Bars/Pubs

    For a splash of Mediterranean style, head to Moskito. Amid the cool, aquatic hues you can drink, eat, and watch people dancing to laid-back...Read More

  • 20. Baby Grand

    City Centre | Piano Bars/Lounges

    One of Glasgow's best-kept secrets, this intimate piano bar is hidden behind the King's Theatre. It serves good food all day (excellent breakfasts...Read More

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