Best for First Date in Glasgow
First dates are tough enough without stressing out about where to go. If you've got a first date in Glasgow, there are oodles of great places to choose from. With buzzing restaurant bars that will keep conversation flowing, cosy pubs for something low key and romantic and fun bars if you're looking for something a little more lively; the choices are endless. We've done the hard work for you and compiled a list of great bars in Glasgow to take your beau. Now all you have to do is decide what to wear.
Last updated on 30th September 2016
Tabac is something of an illicit lounge on the Glasgow bar scene. Dark, mysterious and clad in a seductive style, Tabac forms the perfect backdrop for your first date if you're looking for something a little atmospheric and less bright eyes and doughy. Drinks come in all shapes and sizes with palatable plates to match should your date be going well. There's even a secret bar known only as the Panther Milk Bar...curious.
The Research Club is a relaxed lounge bar bringing craft beer and cocktails to an intimate West End hangout. With room for no more than 70 there’s always an intimate atmosphere to this Hamilton Drive venue, with friendly service matched by a good selection of craft beer, cocktails and bar snacks.
Brel dishes up the perfect marriage between cosy, intimate venue and beautiful outside space so you can make the transition between Winter-warming date and alfresco Summer session. Charming, a lush green garden and a gorgeous menu of delightful foods should keep you and your fate busy. Boasting friendly and informal vibes, Brel is ideal for a more laid-back first date approach.
For a quirkier first date, Waxy O'Connor's is the place to go. Although the bar sprawls over three floors, six bars and nine spaces, it manages to maintain a warm feel. Stunning carpentry shoots up out of the floors and the ornate stained glass which adorns the ceilings and walls add to the intimate atmosphere and give you a talking point with your date - bonus!
Ideal for those first daters looking to shmooze over some fine cuisine or dazzle their date with their on point wine choice, The Restaurant Bar & Grill props up a sleek and stylish demeanor with an impressive menu to match. Go big with one of their sizzling steaks or sample some of their fresh seafood offering. Either way, your bae will feel like a winner.
What could be more romantic than locking eyes across a table filled with delicious sharing plates? Spanish restaurant Cubatas serves mouth-wateringly good Spanish tapas at reasonable prices as well as an excellent selection of Spanish wines and cocktails.
Chinaski's is a great first date bar in Glasgow. As both a bar and a restaurant, you can always suggest a drinks date, and then take it from there. As the premier secret bar in Glasgow, it's stylish, chilled out and has great conversation-starting features, this is a chic venue that will impress any potential suitor.
A cool restaurant bar on Bath Street, Lucky Seven is a prime spot for a casual dinner date. Great food, cool vibes and none of the fuss that comes with formal dining. With high backed booths that make for more secluded vibe, you and your date can chat away in private while still being close to the action in a bustling Glasgow bar.
If you're looking to do some serious schmoozing, The Butchershop Bar and Grill is just the place to impress. Incredible food, amazing cocktails, and all in an unfussy, unpretentious, setting, this is the perfect place in Glasgow for a grown up date that's still heaps of fun.
Don't get the wrong impression here, yes Gin71 is a liquor laden parlour of cocktail tricks and specially infused spirits, yes it's more than just a dabble in your usual drinking affairs, but in no way are we trying to get your date drunk. Not one bit. We just know the sentimental value of good strong drink to shake off those nerves, and if there's anywhere you can do that whilst impressing, it's Gin71.
A room with serious wow factor is a great choice for a first date, and Teller's Bar has wow factor, and then some. Lavish surroundings will instantly impress, while the great food and stylish cocktails will make the night feel really special. With a casino next door, there's an activity element too, or if you'd rather keep the conversation flowing, why not slip into a secluded high-back booth?
We love dates that actually involve "Doing Something" it takes the pressure off having to look perfect and say the right thing. So if you're looking to combine a drinks date and an activity outing in one, why not show off your swing and take your date to Golf Lounge. Playing virtual golf is a fun, kooky way to get to know one another, and of course, it goes without saying, teaching golf moves has unlimited flirting potential.
If you like the comfort of a movie date, but still want to leave room in the evening for a little getting to know one another, then the Lane Bar is a nifty first date location in Glasgow. Not only has this Ashton Lane bar got a built-in cinema, but it has great (and thrifty) cocktails, tasty snacks, and one of the finest music selections in the city. Scope out your dates, movie taste, music taste and mojito taste all in one go.