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. 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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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...


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One of the city's major music venues, O2 ABC is housed inside what was once a cinema. It's the city's main showcase for well-known pop...

Old Fruitmarket

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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

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

Scotia Bar

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


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

Stand Comedy Club

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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

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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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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,...


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