You say nightlife; we say Glasgow. The city is Scotland’s party capital, with a wide range of bars and discos for an exciting evening. From whiskey breweries and classic pubs to avant-garde venues for fancy cocktails, Glasgow has it all. Are you travelling for the weekend from Hamilton or East Kilbride? Or you’ve come all the way from the North West of England? Either way, we’ve saved you some extra legwork. Below are our top picks for a night to remember.
With 25 years of activity and counting, Sub Club is simply an institution in Glasgow’s night scene. Found in the heart of the action, a stone’s throw from Argyle Street railway station, this place has no frills. The sound system is top-class, and the dance floor is a guarantee for good fun. It can accommodate up to 400 people and always has some of the best DJs around.
Lying in the Merchant City, this real ale gastropub is a destination of choice among locals and tourists. It won the Camra’s Glasgow Pub of the Year award twice and offers a basement nightclub playing music until 3 am. Live bands usually perform in the main bar, while DJs play their best tunes downstairs, including hits from the 1960s.
Despite lying a little further afield from Glasgow city centre, this eclectic venue is worth the extra miles. Òran Mór (meaning ‘big song’ in Gaelic) is located in the site of a former parish church, which today functions as a pub, restaurant and entertainment venue. Constantly ringing with live music, you can also attend comedies and theatrical performances and dance to the DJs’ best gigs.
The Horse Shoe
Found in the beating heart of Glasgow, the Horse Shoe is a lively venue where you can expect to find all the old pub classics, from fish and chips to steak and ale pies. Opened in 1884, the pub boasts the longest continuous bar – over 100 ft – in the UK and possibly in Europe too. Fancy some karaoke? You’ve come to the right place.
The Teuchters’ Triangle
This trio of vibrant pubs is popular among locals and teuchters – islanders and highlanders. The Park Bar is especially crowded at weekends and plays ceilidh tunes, while Islay Inn draws visitors with its great rock ‘n roll music ringing all night long. If you love whisky and traditional folk music, Ben Nevis across the street is your go-to place.
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Regularly voted one of the best music clubs in Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut lies a stone’s throw from Charing Cross railway station. This small, intimate bar is the springboard for up-and-coming bands. Ever heard of the Oasis? Well, they were discovered right here in 1993! And if you want to know what other bands have walked this venue, you’ll see their names inscribed on the staircase at the entrance.
The Glad Café
Found on the southern outskirts of Glasgow city centre, next door to Queen’s Park, the Glad Café is a community-based art hub. Here you can find everything from a diverse range of indie, electronic gigs and art house film shows. Enjoy the extravagance of this venue while sipping one of their hand-crafted Scottish real ales.