Bars with Entertainment in Glasgow
Sometimes a packet of crisps and a couple of drinks just don't cut it. Luckily enough you’re in a city that knows all about putting on one heck of a show, with plenty of bars pulling out all the stops when it comes to entertainment. Doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for daring live performances, somewhere to play a few games or just a trusty pub showing the sport on the big screen - you’ll find something here for you.
Last updated on 15th May 2017
Alea Glasgow is a Vegas-style casino, so there are plenty of games to play while you have a drink, including poker, blackjack, roulette and more. And with the bar being open from 12 midday until 6am every day, this is entertainment all day. But it doesn’t stop there: the casino hosts a heap of entertainment, from 90s nights, disco and dining, and tribute acts.
The Admiral is known as quite a unique bar in Glasgow, and it mostly comes down to the entertainment. The bar hosts a weekly pub quiz, known for everyone being a bit rude, and the club downstairs, The Hold, hosts some of the best loved pub quiz nights. With everything from Divine – a night of soul – to the Pretty Ugly Club – purposely creating that dirty club atmosphere – you can’t help but be entertained at The Admiral.
Boteco Do Brasil is a little slice of southern America on the streets of Glasgow where there always seems to be a party raging on. Alongside their mean cocktails and mardi gras attitude, they host regular Salsa nights where you can get stuck into some fabulous Latin dancing. There’s also Jam Nights, where Glasgow’s most talented musicians all gather on an Open Mic.
“From karaoke sing songs to drag queens in tight thongs” - Speakeasy has it all. Open from Wednesday to Saturday with a late licence ‘til 3am, expect a plentiful range of movie nights, karaoke events and on stage merriment with plenty of camp and cool frolics thrown in for good measure. Just the ticket for live entertainment in Merchant City.
Whether it's life drawing or live jazz you're after, The Flying Duck brings entertainment by the bucketload. With cool and quirky events almost every night of the week, including everything from folk sessions to nineties bingo; there's always something different to keep you amused on your Glasgow night out.
Looking for a high dose of good old fashioned, vintage entertainment? Brimming with cabaret performers, burlesque shows and circus antics, Wicket Cabaret are host to some of the most unique entertainment around. A space to tuck into a table and enjoy the wondrous wild show, enjoy unique antics at this ever charming bar. Date night antics? These guys have it on point.
With folk sessions three nights a week, you've never a long wait to be entertained on Argyle Street. The Ben Nevis pub brings in contemporary players to give life to trad tunes. Bustling nights, with great banter, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at The Ben Nevis are not to be missed.
They may be one of the most happening party bars in Glasgow, but if you've got a penchant for pool, you can still get your table kicks here. Found in the Penthouse and toting some really rather slick interiors, guests can get their pool game on amongst happening antics, sweet cocktail treats and a top selection of party sounds.
The oldest bar and restaurant in Glasgow also has a lot of entertainment going on. Sloans has many strings to its bow, with a film-and-dinner night every Tuesday, to amateur life drawing Mondays, to a night of Ceilidh on Fridays, all hosted in the quirky, old bar.
Mono is a favourite among Glasgow’s young cool kids, and for good reason. This unique and versatile spot is known for its vegan food and great beer, but also the smashing live entertainment that it serves up throughout the week. It’s a great spot to watch live emerging bands but it also serves as an eclectic canvas for so much more, with exhibitions, book readings, art performances and workshops all going down at one point or another.
You can’t take a list of bars with entertainment in Glasgow seriously until it includes this most raucous of Bookclubs. A positively bustling home of debauchery with lots of energy and alternative things to try going on throughout the month, regular events include vintage fairs, underground discos and lady balls bingo where you could win big bucks on the 4th Wednesday of the month.
Oran Mor is famous for its Play, a Pie & a Pint lunchtime shows in Glasgow, offering punters a fantastic midday offering of culture and culinary. Along with this, Oran Mor has secured itself as a top spot to catch incredible live music, a special and spectacular venue, this place has the goods to draw some of the most unique musical acts from around the world.
As Glasgow's home of the rowdy and the raucous, the Riding Room certainly know their way around hosting an entertaining show. With performances almost every night of the week, expect an eclectic line-up of sensational live entertainment spanning everything from cabaret to burlesque via magic and music.