There's really only one place to spend summertime days in Glasgow. Brel's enchanting, spacious beer garden is a firm favourite for those looking for tasty food and drinks while soaking in some rays. Stick around later into the evening and relax under twinkling fairy lights 'till late.
Cool and Quirky Bars in Glasgow
Packed with some of the coolest, most quirky places to go for a drink in the whole country, Glasgow’s nightlife scene always delivers the goods when you fancy trying something a little different. Whether you’re looking for upbeat club nights, whimsical watering holes, craft beer lounges or something in between, our guide to the cool and quirky bars in Glasgow should set you right.
Brought to you from the BrewDog collective, Merchant City where you can find all the promises of craft beer goodies, as well as a menu of good old fashioned barbecue foods. Indulge in smoked meats and sample their 25 taps of beer.
Paying homage to Glasgow's established history of brewing, the team at the Shilling Brewing Co. bring the very first brewpub to the city's humble streets. Experience a number of previously ignored flavour combinations alongside perfected, traditional craft ale.
With cool neon-lit interiors and quirky cocktails, this great bar and restaurant is a weird and wonderful pick perfect for anyone with a taste for something a little more out there. Think quality chicken, mouthwatering burgers and drinks to wash it all down.
This cool and quirky bar in Glasgow is one of the city's best jazz venues. Hosting three shows a week, this is an underground, roaring 20's-inspired hangout serving delicious cocktails and show-stopping performances in equal measure.
Not all of us will be lucky enough to experience the culture and colours of Thailand, but there's a unique restaurant and bar which promises just that. Coming at you with not only the finest in Thai bites and cocktails, the interiors are nothing short of incredible.
Perfectly garnished drinks served in cool glassware are what Kelvingrove Cafe is all about. Something of an institution for their captivating collection of quirky cocktails in Glasgow, this place knocks out a mix of chic style and vintage class all at the same time.
A top notch tavern for all your South Pacific hankerings, the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn is a must try for all things exotic and island life inspired. A spot on Sauchiehall Street known for their tropical flavours, it's all about Hawaiian themed cocktail cups and cracking party nights.
A cocktail corker in the heart of the city, Riding Room is a must for those than like their drinks as rampant as their entertainment. From burlesque to cracking cabaret, these guys are home to some of the most unique nightlife antics in our city.
One of the most unique bars in Glasgow, this giant space is home to Bavaria Brauhaus. Not only can you enjoy steins and that all important Bavarian atmosphere, there's schnitzels, German grub and a proper party atmosphere.
Taking inspiration from Charles Bukowksi's infamous protagonist, Chinaski's might be understated, but that doesn't mean it's not one of the coolest bars in Glasgow. This secret bar off Sauchiehall Street is home to a slick crowd of refined drinkers, some tasty eats and exquisite cocktails.
The illicit drinking den known as Tabac, hides a secret of its own... Follow the neon lights and you'll find yourself in the lair called the Panther Milk Bar. This dark and mysterious den is dedicated to the old Spanish legionnaires favourite Leche de Pantera, an authentic tavern drink.
The recent gin resurgence must have something to do with venues like beGin, who take their botanical imbibing very seriously. The awarrd-winning suave bar serves over 68 varieties of gin in cocktails and in different takes on the classic G&T.
Reclaimed tenement shutters and salvaged light fittings give a rustic edge to the interiors of this fun Irish pub. The rich woods and snug corners give it a cosy feel, with 11 beers on tap, comfort food from the kitchen and a cheeky whisky bar for those in need of something stronger.
Where else could you play 90s computer games while quaffing cocktails out of a gramophone? A unique Glasgow bar with blinding banter, drag brunches, great tunes, delicious grub, and best of all, ping pong, Hillhead Bookclub is one of the hippest hangouts north of the Clyde.
Tucked away down a little lane, The Old Hairdresser's operates on a need-to-know basis. A fun bar with a cracking slapdash space upstairs for gigs, performances and exhibitions, this unfussy party pad is a great spot for a unique, and arty, night out.
Never mind if you've loved the film, you're about to love the bar. A cool cornucopia of bowling-inspired antics and burger woofing, Lebowski's are overtly encouraging White Russians with over 25 takes on this beloved classic, so head over and try something new.
A reputation among the cooler kids as one of the city's most hailed creative spaces, this bar houses a stage graced by international artists as well as hosting art exhibitions. Very rough around the edges and boasting a stylish attitude, The Art School is one of Glasgow's finest.
Named after the very church it has taken over, St. Luke's is a million pound venue in the East End that's become a new favourite for gigging and the like. Having renovated the incredible church, you can enjoy live music and shows with organs and one hell of an atmosphere here.