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Pubs, bars and clubs in Glasgow

When you visit Glasgow, one thing is for sure, there’ll always be somewhere for a drink and a dance. Whether you fancy a quiet drink in a local pub, a few cocktails in a swanky bar or an all nighter at one of their many club nights, you’ll be spoilt for choice. What’s more, no matter where you end up staying with us, there’s always something close by to tempt you in. Sometimes, lots of choice is too much choice so we’ve picked out some of the best areas and haunts you should give a go.

Merchant Street in Glasgow

Merchant City

One of the most chic parts of Glasgow, this is the place to get your gladrags on and dance till the wee hours. Popular with the LGBT community, it’s known for its super fun gay clubs and bars like Katie’s Bar which churns out poptastic tunes to a friendly crowd. Late-night revellers can then head to The Polo Lounge or Sugarcube for into-the-night dancing. Bars are of the sophisticated type such as cocktail bar Riding Room, the sleek Metropolitan that’s perfect for a  night of people watching and seductive wine bar Boudoirs.

Glasgow Barrowlands

East End

If you’re after a more chilled, ‘holed up in a pub’  type evening, then the East End is where you need to head. Full of traditional pubs, like The Duchess on Duke Street, this is the place to get a taste of that local flavour. For those craft beer lovers, there’s a solid amount of breweries such as Drygate, Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery and West Brewery to enjoy the eclectic mix of beers, lagers and ales. Need somewhere to go after hours? It’s got to be the famous Barrowlands for a fun night of moshing, drinking and most probably sweating.

Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow

Sauchiehall Street

Probably the most rowdy and raucous of the areas, Sauchiehall Street is dearly loved by students looking for cheap drinks and the cool cats looking for a trendy indie haunt. Take Nice n Sleazy, the club/bar with that divey feel to it. It’s got a 60s casino themed bar upstairs with black and white russians as their speciality drink. Other places to hit up include shabby chic pub The Butterfly and The Pig, multi-floor bar Hummingbird and a guaranteed wild night out at the club Bamboo. Looking for more of a chilled one? Head to Saramago Cafe Bar, open ‘till midnight.

Vegan meal


Snuggled cosily down on Renfield Lane in the city centre is this unique medley of a vegan restaurant, late night bar, club and gig venue, all rolled into one. (This is quite a popular venue type in Glasgow). An industrial looking building (yet another build by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it’s host to a variety of events and an ever-changing roster of promoters. Expect everything from house and techno nights to electronica and reggae nights or just something a little different. The colourful bar is on hand to serve student-priced drinks while the vegan menu is actually extremely popular and well-renowned. What more could you want in a day to night out?

Clubbing in Birmingham

The Garage

To say this club caters to everyone’s taste is an understatement. Planted on Sauchiehall Street and open seven days a week, it’s without a doubt one of the most popular places to get down in Glasgow.

Oh, and the biggest club in Scotland. Nights are set aside for different genres of music and gigs plus it’s the perfect place for private hiring if you’ve got a party or celebration to be had.

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Maggie Mays

Glasgow loves a place to eat, drink and dance all rolled into one. Maggie Mays is just than and more. Famously known as a live music venue, you can catch rocking guitar sessions upstairs and DJs hosting indie, rock n roll nights downstairs in the basement. And what’s great about the live music? It’s free to watch. Always. And they like nothing more than supporting local bands and singers too. With the restaurant serving their famous two-course lunch and a main menu that includes traditional Scottish nibbles, they also serve up deep fried Mars Bars! Unmissable, this venue is open till 3am every night of the week. Cool fact: every one of their cocktails are named after a song!  

The Flying Duck

One of the most interesting venues in Glasgow’s city centre, The Flying Duck is a hidden gem. Are you ready to uncover it? The diner come bar/ club /and  anything else you can imagine by night has a glittering menu of club nights as well as pub quizzes, board game evenings, film nights and drawing clubs. There really is something for everyone. Cheap as chips drinks follow sweetly behind a tasty, inexpensive vegan menu that includes macaroni cheese and decadent milkshakes. This shabby-chic venue and menu has never looked so good.

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