The Old Hairdresser's - Glasgow Bar Review

By Claire Byrne.

The Old Hairdresser's is a slapdash little watering hole tucked away down Renfield Lane. It's a prime spot for a quiet drink, a chilled hangout or a rambunctious session upstairs. 

The Old Hairdressers

The Old Hairdresser's is a shabby little joint on Renfield Lane.

The Venue

The Old Hairdresser's is a little ramshackle joint, raw plaster and exposed bricks, bric 'a brac furniture and bare lightbulbs, but what it lacks in polish, it makes up for in personality. A sister bar of Stereo across the lane, The Old Hairdresser's has a similar penchant for live music and performance, supporting local bands, artists and comedians in their cool attic mezzanine. A small place, with a big heart, this watering hole is a real gem in Glasgow City Centre. 

The Old Hairdressers Renfield Lane

The Old Hairdresser's is a cosy spot to hang out with mix and match furniture and laid-back vibes.

The Atmosphere & Clientele 

With its rough and ready decor and a candle on each table, The Old Hairdresser's is an intimate spot for a cosy tipple. We visited early in the evening just as it was getting dark, and the bar was peppered with small groups of friends and couples. The crowd at The Old Hairdresser's is a mix between cool kid students and creative after-work types. While I always thought Stereo was the place to go for a low key meet-up, I think this place trumps it if you're after something really snug and mellow - though the indie mash up tunes overhead did get a little louder later on. And it's not all smooth sipping, the mezzanine upstairs also plays host to some pretty rowdy parties, with comedy nights and gigs throughout the week. 

The Old Hairdressers

The Old Hairdresser's mezzanine is known for its raucous parties and wild gigs.

The Food & Drink

For a wee bar, The Hairdresser's is well stocked. They've got a great choice of beers on tap, as well as IPA and Scottish cider and of course the usual array of spirits and wines. With pints coming in about £3, it's a rather thrifty drinking den for such a central location. The bar doesn't offer food, but you don't have far to stroll for a feed, Stereo is mere feet away with its cracking selection of veggie fare. 

The Old Hairdressers

The small bar has high ceilings, and slapdash walls; raw plaster, ancient cornicing and exposed bricks.


The Old Hairdresser's is one dandy joint, bargain brews, cosy vibes, fun times and a cool crowd. It's rarely you find such a hot spot that's not over run, so how about we keep this one between us, yeah?