Bars in Merchant City
Merchant City is a great pocket of Glasgow. From George Square to Merchant Square, cobbled streets to stunning architecture, it's a chic area with some awesome nightlife. There's stylish cafe bars for street side people watching and glam party bars to dance until dawn, with gay bars, cocktail bars and restaurants too, if you're looking for a drinking den in Merchant City, you won't have far to wander.
Last updated on 23rd January 2017
Ideally positioned on the second floor of the city centre’s Princes Square, The Restaurant Bar & Grill is known for serving beautiful steak and cocktails in a laid-back setting. You’re all good to stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner, and the list of mixed drinks are good for those wanting to hang around a little later into the evening.
This gastro gay bar is a all-kinds-of-fabulous addition to Glasgow's gay bar scene, as a chilled out cafe bar by day and an all-singing party bar by night. The wonderful Nancy Clench leads the way with a roster of show-stopping entertainment.
Boteco do Brasil is a fun party bar in Glasgow with wild nights, sensational food and wonderful cocktails. Come along for a rocking multi-cultural Jam Night, a red hot salsa night, or simply just dinner and drinks with a fiery South American flavour.
A sleek hang out on Merchant Square, Metropolitan is the place to go if you're looking for a fun bar in Merchant City with a touch of class. A variety of spaces in which to eat, drink, dance and mingle, it's a multi-faceted venue with real style and the perfect place to people watch over Merchant Square.
Browns is a chic Merchant City bar and restaurant, perched in a prime location on Georges Square. This historic, atmospheric building is a stylish and upmarket venue to dine and drink in Glasgow. Seriously good eats and an extensive selection of wine and cocktails bring in dapper young professionals for after work drinks.
Rab Ha’s is a cosy pub in Merchant City that takes its name from a 19th Century citizen known as the Glasgow Glutton. Taking this heritage to heart, they pride themselves on delicious, locally sourced Scottish food and a wonderful selection of drinks on offer, making it an ideal place to hide yourself away on those rainy Glasgow days.
Maggie Mays is a cool music venue, restaurant and bar in Merchant City. Open late throughout the week and with cracking gigs almost every night, this fun party bar meets great Scottish foodie haven is something of an institution among Glasgow's musos.
A seductive wine bar in Merchant City, Boudoir is a great spot in Candleriggs for wine or cocktails. Decked out like a sumptuous chambre, this is the place to go in Glasgow for a romantic evening with someone special or a chic, chilled out catch up with friends.
Do you love pubs? Do you have a special affection for beer? Well, your boxes are ticked at the Beer Café, the place to go in Merchant City for all your hoppy needs. They boast over 93 beers on their taps and in their fridges, meaning even the biggest beer connoisseur can find something new, and they serve hearty pies to fill the stomach as well.
By day, this place is one of the best bars in Glasgow for al fresco drinking with a plethora of street side tables perched on Royal Exchange Square. By night, under a canopy of fairylights, The Social turns into a party bar in Merchant City, with tasty bites and great drink promos. Featuring a stylish decor and fun chart tunes, this is a choice bar for after work drinks or an easy-going night out.
The Corinthian Club is one of the most stunning buildings in Glasgow. With Teller's Bar opening up to a heavenly dome roof, the bar is an inviting space of sheer opulence. If you're looking for a luxe cocktail or stylish bite in Merchant City, or a post-club comedown in the casino, The Corinthian Club is a chic venue for a Glasgow night out.
A cracking vegan cafe bar by day and awesome music venue by night, 13th Note is a cool, quirky space in Merchant City. Friendly, accessible, chilled out and fun, this little indie hangout is a real Merchant City gem.
If you're looking to be entertained in Merchant City, then roll up and join the circus at The Riding Room. With everyone from cabaret performers to magicians taking to the stage each night, as well as one of the most potently stocked bars in Glasgow, the Riding Room is a late-night bar promising entertainment and lots of raucous fun in Merchant City.
A rollicking good gay bar in Merchant City, Speakeasy is all kinds of fun. A packed schedule of karaoke, movies and general mayhem, you'll never be bored of an evening if you make this your regular haunt.
A low-key, cool bar hidden above its sister Café, Bar Gandolfi is the ideal place to steal away from the busy streets for dinner or drinks. They boast wonderful wines and whiskies to accompany their seasonal food menu, that features prized specials of seafood, pasta and salad. Ideal for a date night in Merchant City.
A stylish pub on John Street, Committee Room No.9 is a great spot for after work drinks or weekend tipples. With live sports and good eats, it's the perfect place to spend a Saturday watching the footie or rest your feet with a cocktail after a tough day in the shops. Outdoor tables on John Street make this a chilled hangout to watch the world go by.
A discerning restaurant and bar in Merchant Square, Arisaig is a slice of Scottish culture and cuisine. With hearty locally-sourced fare, great whisky and wine and a chic style - not to mention a fairy-lit balcony with prime views over Merchant Square, this is one of the most highly regarded restaurant bars in the city.
A cool pub in Merchant City, Blackfriars is a restaurant bar upstairs and a thumping little mod club below. With great music and a cool crowd, this is a neat spot if you're looking for something a little different in Glasgow.
Bar HOME manages to be sophisticated and a party joint in Merchant city. Their food menu is packed with tasty favourites, such as burgers or their stone-baked pizzas, while the all-purpose bar switches between an intimate, candlelit haven to a place where their resident DJs bring the tunes.
A cool and quirky bar in the Trongate area of Merchant City, Mono is one fun hangout. With all manner of eclectic gigs as well as a built-in record store and a ping pong table, there's little wonder this friendly joint is a popular spot among Merchant City cool kids.
Babbity Bowster is a no-nonsense pub in Merchant City that happens to boast one of the most popular beer gardens in the city. Come for the friendly atmosphere, historic building and delicious Scottish food, stay for the garden with picnic tables, umbrellas and even heaters when the sun’s been hiding.