Best Bars in Glasgow
From cocktail dens to gastro hangouts, and DJ joints to laid back lounges, Glasgow has got one kicking bar scene. Plan your Glasgow night out around one of these little beauties and you’ll have yourself a cracker.
Last updated on 2nd August 2016
With a proud and diverse history of brewery excellent alcoholic drinks, Glasgow welcomes its first brewpub in the form of the Shilling Brewing Company. Based on West George Street, the bar itself is beautifully decorated, with exposed brick and large metal pipes giving the venue a distinctive industrial vibe. Inviting guests to try some of their carefully crafted beers, the team of brewers hope to highlight a number of previously ignored flavour combinations, as well as stressing the taste value of drinking beers that have been freshly brewed only a few feet away from where they are consumed.
The Research Club is a cool, comfortable lounge bar in the city centre. Found on the city’s Hamilton Drive, this 70-capacity hangout specialises in cocktails, tasty bar snacks and an exciting menu of craft beer delights. The venue can be hired out exclusively for groups anywhere up to 70 in size.
A premier Glasgow venue for eating out, The Restaurant Bar & Grill is also a great drinking spot in its own right. Offering up laidback and approachable vibes, pull up a bar stall and survey a drinks menu running to 18 pages in depth. There’s plenty of wines and beers to spoil you for choice, as well as a good range of both classic and innovative cocktails.
Cocktails? They've got it. Ping Pong? They've got it. Sensational surroundings? Check. Good eats, and great tunes? Done and most definitely done. There are so many reasons why we love this bar, but it comes down to one thing; the vibe. Whether it's the food or the drinks, the surroundings or the service, Hillhead Bookclub have nailed it, and we simply can't get enough. A fun, laid back bar against one helluva stunning backdrop, with cool games and cracking parties, can you tell we have a soft spot?
A favourite among many a Glaswegian, Brel is a West End restaurant and bar with great food and a great atmosphere. Whether you're flaked out back with a beer on a sunny day, or inside cosy and comfortable with a glass of wine on a cold night, Brel is a warm, friendly hangout with Scottish charm and hospitality by the bucketload. A diamond among diamonds on Ashton Lane, Brel is just the place get a great Glasgow night out off to a cracking (and delicious) start.
A slice of slapdash chic on Bath Street, Lucky 7 Canteen is a Glasgow bar and restaurant with real charm. From chipper yet churlish staff, to the shabby yet stylish interior, from the coifed yet cool patrons to the timeworn yet trendy tunes, this place is one quirk-laden paradox, and we love it.
A cracking bar in Glasgow City Centre, Republic Bier Hall doesn't look a whole lot from the street. But descend the staircase to this basement hideaway and you'll find yourself in the middle of a buzzing beerhall that's jammers every night of the week. Great eats and an extensive list of beers, you'll be swigging on steins 'til they kick you out.
An old bar with a new name, Distill is a rum joint with killer cocktails and cracking tunes. Cool surroundings and and neighourhood vibes make this one of the friendliest joints in town.
A Sauchiehall Street bar, with a cool crowd and fun vibes, Nice 'N' Sleazy is a firm favourite among Glaswegians. From its cracking playlists and kicking club nights, to its divine burgers and delicious drinks, it may be a little rough about the edges, but we wouldn't have this great Glasgow bar any other way.
A treat of a bar with a cosy rustic interior, blinding grub and friendly vibes, The Butterfly and the Pig is a popular stomping ground for many. A darling hangout in a great location, whether it's for a romantic date or a raucous catch-up, there's plenty of reasons this Bath Street bar is home to many a great Glasgow night out.
From its utterly impeccable interior to its utterly incredible cocktails, Hummingbird ticks a lot of boxes for one bar. Whether you're crooning karaoke upstairs or dropping some moves downstairs, Hummingbird is a fun hangout and a fierce party venue. Good food, unrivaled party rooms, great tunes and a friendly feel; this Bath Street bar has it all.
Its Mardi Gras every day at Boteco Do Brasil. If you're looking to make some new friends and bust some new moves, then head down to one of Glasgow's best bars and join the party. Packed with Latin flavours, from the food to the music, feel some South American sun on your skin as you down some fabulous exotic drinks and enjoy a Glasgow night out with a difference.
After it took the place of the beloved Captain's Rest, Munro's was always going to be a tough sell. But with gastro goodies from the kitchen and great craft brews from the bar, Glaswegians have been warming to Munro's since the day it opened. A cosy hang out with stylish, yet rustic decor, a chilled out feel and a great pint, Munro's is a one Glasgow bar that's fast becoming local favourite.
This sprawling venue just exudes Scottish charm, there's good reason The Ubiquitious Chip has pride of place on many a Glasgow bar crawl. From the epic banter and great music, to the extensive selection of eats and drinks, this Ashton Lane bar has a whole lot of heart and its earned itself a special place in ours.
As one of just a few Glasgow secret bars, Chinaski's was always going to be high on our list for a great night out in Glasgow City Centre. With mighty cocktails, cool surroundings and chilled out vibes, Chinaski's is a bar for grown ups, without any stuffiness or pretension. A must-visit for anyone looking for a true hidden gem in Glasgow.