Best West End Festival Bars

The West End festival is one of the biggest events in Glasgow's calendar and there's plenty of things to see and do, but we know you want to find out where the best bars in the area are, right? All of these bars will have fun events of their own going on during the festival, such as outdoor barbecues and all day music events. Take a look at our picks of the best West End festival bars and be prepared when next year's festival rolls around.  

Curler's Rest

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Curler's Rest is right in the middle of Byres Road, so this West End festival bar really is in the middle of it all. Head to this cosy bar for some great food after taking part in the day's festivities. We hear their roast dinner is the stuff of legends and their brunch menu is pretty brilliant, so why not try both and see which is better?

The Sanctuary

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Last year, The Sanctuary held an all-day event on their outdoor terrace with a barbecue run by Glasgow-based foodies, Smoak, which was a massive hit with Glasgow's pulled pork enthusiasts. This West End festival bar is sure to follow suit next year, so keep your eye on their events nearer the time. 

Vodka Wodka

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Tucked away on the bustling Ashton Lane, Vodka Wodka has long been a student favourite due to their yummy cocktails and close location to Glasgow University. This West End festival bar is sure to be popular with visitors flocking to Ashton Lane to check out the numerous bars and sip drinks on this cobbled lane.

Hillhead Bookclub

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Hillhead Bookclub is one of the best West End festival bars to head to after-hours. If you're a fan of soul, funk and disco music, you'll probably love Hillhead Bookclub, so head here and dance the night away in this vintage inspired bar. During last year's West End festival, they held an outdoor barbecue (Glasgow does love a barbecue, huh?), so we're excited to see what they've got in store for next year.

Record Factory

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Record Faktory had their own music stage at this year's West End festival, hosting unsigned acts and some of Scotland's up-and-coming musicians. Record Faktory also serves up some great food and cocktails for cash strapped students and also has a lovely beer garden that's quite a sun trap, so if the sun's shining, head here and make the most of this West End festival bar's outdoor space. 

Oran Mor

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Oran Mor is always involved in the West End festival celebrations, holding all-day music events in the stunning surroundings of this renovated church. If the last West End festival is anything to go by, Oran Mor will be the place to be for fans of Scottish indie music looking for a laid-back way to spend the day. 

The Butchershop Bar and Grill can be found just opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and is right next to the festival's parade route. Order one of their popular cocktails and take a seat outside for a prime viewing spot of the parade. Last year, they took part in the festivities by holding a party with some guest DJs, so we're sure that next year will be no different.