cool bars in glasgow

Glasgow has a thriving nightlife scene. From local neighbourhood bars to high-scale nightclubs, Glasgow bars come in all shapes and sizes. With a variety of options and affordable prices, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect place for you.

1. The Citizen

Home to many clandestine discussions sipped from decanters of Scotch in years gone by, the former offices and printing rooms for Glasgow Evening Citizen newspaper now tell a different tale. Inside the stylish and opulent interior, The Citizen is now a popular restaurant and bar. They offer a wide selection of drinks including un-filtered, un-pasteurised Tennents lager straight from the tank and a great choice of cocktails.

2. The Pot Still

The Pot Still is the place for malt whisky in Glasgow. With over 800 whiskies, cracking cask ales, proper pies, friendly staff & great service, The Pot Still is an ideal place to visit if you are looking for some authentic old Glasgow. The ambiance is that of a snug late Victorian city bar, lively but not intrusive. With their expert staff on hand to guide you around the array of whisky from every corner of the world, they are sure you will find the dram that fits. They host whisky tastings throughout the year, and you can also book private party whisky tasting sessions.

3. The Shilling Brewing Company

The Shilling Brewing Company is a microbrewery and taproom based smack bang in the heart of Glasgow city centre. The large open-plan venue features Art Deco design, high ceilings and tall windows, thanks to its previous life as a bank. They boast a 30+ draught beer selection, including their own house brewed beers along with an impressive rotation of guest beers sourced from pioneering craft breweries. Of course, as you know, nothing goes better with beer than pizza, which comes fresh from their stone pizza oven.

4. Gin71

Gin71 is Glasgow’s first dedicated Gin bar with over 71 different Gins from around the world. They also carry their own homemade tonics, and a superb collection of cocktails. The venue itself is stunning with a classy and relaxed atmosphere. Set in the Victorian interior of De Quincy House in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre, with beautiful high ceilings, chandeliers hanging, and candle lit tables.

5. Soulsa Bar

Soulsa Bar describe themselves as the ‘Funkiest Wee Bar in Glasgow’. Proudly independent and a family business, they focus on tasty homemade food, delicious cocktails, good vibes and great entertainment. A regular diary of soul music, DJs & performers, the Soulsa Bar is the perfect place to chill and hangout.

6.The Scotia Bar

Glasgow’s oldest pub, established in 1792, The Scotia Bar offers a mix of history and friendship. A must-visit if you are seeking a proper old school pub, the Scotia is steeped in history and offers a great choice of beers, ales, lagers and over 60 whiskeys.

7. Revolution Renfield Street

The original Revolution in Glasgow is a vibrant, modern cocktail bar and restaurant situated at the heart of the city. Centrally located on Renfield Street, we’re within walking distance of both Queen Street and Glasgow Central train station. Its cosy size makes it a great place to hang out day or night.

8. The Ben Nevis Bar

The Ben Nevis is a unique and contemporary Scottish bar situated at the Finnieston end of Argyll Street. Open in its present incarnation since 1999, it has become renowned on the Scottish traditional music scene for its regular and spontaneous sessions, uniquely Scottish design, great whisky, craft beers from West Brewery, traditional ales, and a welcoming atmosphere.

9. The Corinthian

The Corinthian is an iconic venue set over five floors of beautiful architecture. Found in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City, The Corinthian offers brasserie drinking & dining, a state-of-the-art casino, private dining & a venue for private parties. The Teller’s Brasserie, the jewel in the Corinthian crown, serves quality food and drinks in stunning surroundings.

10. Dram!

Situated in the West End of Glasgow, a short walk from Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University, Dram! are purveyors of whisky, craft beers, home-cooked food, craic & good times. The relaxed and informal atmosphere is enjoyed by students, locals, tourists and even dogs. With screens throughout and a subscription to Sky Sports, BT Sports & Premier Sports, Dram! is the perfect place to watch all the big games.

11. Brewdog Glasgow Kelvingrove

Overlooking the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow’s west end, Brewdog Glasgow has a great location. Offering a wide selection of IPA’s, Pale Ales, and Scottish Ales as well as spirits and ciders, Brewdog continues its mission to get as many people as possible passionate about great craft beer. It offers a relaxed and welcome environment and also welcomes your four legged friends with you.

12. The Howlin’ Wolf

The Howlin’ Wolf on Bath Street bills itself as Scotland’s Best Live Music Venue, having been the only venue in the country to have won the SLTN award more than once. Open 12 noon to 3am, with live Blues music 7 days a week, the team are passionate about live Blues, and feel it’s a genre that is the root of everything great that came afterwards.

13. The Horseshoe Bar

Ideally situated along a backstreet near Glasgow Central Station, The Horseshoe Bar boasts a 104 feet long Victorian bar which they reckon is the longest in Europe. You’ll find great value pub-food and quality Scottish beers and with 11 TV screens and early opening times for the major sports fixtures you can guarantee they are pretty big on live sport. The lounge upstairs has been graced by some famous singers over the years – you can even have a go yourself at their regular karaoke nights.

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