Bars in West End Glasgow
It's the bohemian district of Glasgow and it's home to some of the city's most innovative spaces, cool events, creative people and prettiest streets. So it's no wonder the West End has so many unique bars, pubs and clubs. Whether you're after great food, beautifully made cocktails, craft beers or just a solid pub with some cheery banter, the West End is home to some of Glasgow's best bars and friendliest folk. Next time you fancy a pint on Ashton Lane or a cocktail on Byres Road, our list of these top West End hangouts should have you covered.
Last updated on 28th September 2016
The Research Club is a cool, comfortable West End hangout well worth stumbling upon on Ashton Lane. A convenient space close to the city centre that’s well-suited to after-work drinks and special occasion celebrations, this quirky, 70-capacity joint is particularly good if you’re looking to get the rounds of craft beer or top-notch cocktails in.
One of the city's coolest and quirkiest bars - the Hillhead Book Club ticks a lot of boxes whatever vibe you're looking for. There's tasty food for veggies and meat eaters alike, awesome cocktails and a lively atmosphere to be had. Add in some top tunes, ping pong and monthly events including 'Say It Ain't Sew' and 'Lady Balls Bingo' and it's easy to see why this is one of the most popular places to party in the West End.
Brel won the DMN readers' award for the best beer garden in the city in 2016, but there's really much more to this Ashton Lane gem than its wonderful alfresco space. Bringing a slice of Belgian flavour onto Glasgow's West End scene, come for mussels, great beers and a lounge in this bustling eatery with laid-back vibes.
Cosy and comfortable, The Curler’s Rest has more than 600 years of stories to tell. This is one mighty impressive West End pub, with five real ales, 19 specialty beers and three ciders always on tap to spoil the discerning drinker for choice. The tasty menu of pub grub classics is changed on a daily basis and don’t forget to look out for the diverse programme of wine clubs and tasting nights taking place throughout the week.
A fun cocktail joint on Ashton Lane, Vodka Wodka is a hit with students and young professionals alike. Sun out? Excellent, make your way to their beer garden to soak in those rays while you sample their extensive range of vodka based cocktails, with a menu of light Italian-styled bites on offer to soak up that booze. A friendly, informal West End hangout for chilling with mates.
A great fusion restaurant bar in the West End, Bar Soba is a popular student hangout. With great Asian eats, awesome promos, and cool urban decor, this lively Byres Road bar is a great pre-night out pit stop.
Can we just take a sec to appreciate how pretty this place is? A sprawling Ashton Lane restaurant bar, The Ubiquitous Chip is a favourite haunt for many Glaswegians looking for a cracking West End spot. With accomplished menus from the kitchen and an extensive selection at the bar, this multi-purpose venue is a must visit on any Glasgow bar hop.
With a strict vinyl-only music policy, come along to this eye-catching Ashton Lane retreat to play some of their records - or bring your own from home and give them a spin! Located right next to the Grosvenor Cinema, it’s well-placed for a pre-film cocktail and you’re welcome to buy, sell and swap your records while you hang out with a seriously cool crowd.
An extensive venue on the corner of Byres Road, Óran Mór is home to several bars and venue spaces. A stunning old church turned sprawling bar, restaurant and wedding venue, Óran Mór is a choice location for all your West End dining and drinking needs.
A cool Louisiana themed bar, Gumbo is styled a little like a Bayou shrimp shack. With hearty Cajun cooking, quirky cocktails and a roster of great live blues and jazz, Bar Gumbo does soul food, soul drinks and soul music, to perfection.