With cool neon-lit interiors and quirky cocktails, this bar and restaurant is embodying all things weird and wonderful. Hit up Absurd Bird for a wallet-friendly evening of crispy chicken, mouthwatering burgers and potent drinks.
Cool and Quirky Bars in Glasgow
Packed with some of the weirdest and most wonderful places to drink in the whole country, this city's nightlife scene always delivers the goods. Whether you’re looking for unusual club nights, whimsical cocktail havens or a few retro craft beer spots, our guide to the best cool and quirky bars in Glasgow will have you trying something a little different.
A three-floor amalgamation of gothic decor, eccentric lanterns and Irish cheer, Waxy O'Connor's has got all your drinking and dining needs sorted. Whether you fancy a hearty meal or a rowdy Guinness and whisky-filled night, this is the place to do it.
With two equally quirky Glasgow boltholes, in Mitchell Lane and Byres Road, Bar Soba have gained a reputation for their eye-catching interiors and colourful cocktails. Spend an evening at these neon-clad hangouts tucking into tasty Asian bites and sampling cocochilli daiquiris and elderflower gin smashes.
Brought to you from the kings of craft beers, BrewDog's Merchant City digs are plying you with 25 taps worth of unusual pints, plus some good old fashioned barbecue foods. Indulge in smoked meats while wetting your whistle with all kinds of quirky IPAs, stouts and lagers.
Not all of us will be lucky enough to experience the culture and colours of Thailand, but there's a unique restaurant which promises just that. Coming at you with not only the finest bites and cocktails, Thaikhun also has interiors that are nothing short of incredible.
It's not hard to see why The Art School has gained a reputation among the cooler kids as one of the city's wackiest places to drink. The Sauchiehall Street bar may be rough around the edges, but it boasts a stylish attitude and a stage that often plays host to international big name creative figures.
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 space off Sauchiehall Street is home to a slick crowd of refined drinkers, some tasty eats and exquisite cocktails.
Named after the very church it's housed within, St. Luke's has become a beloved East End live music venue and bar, renowned for its wild gigs and entertainment. Having renovated the incredible site, you can also enjoy great brews and a soul food-based menu.
Perched atop the Radisson Red, this rooftop spot is a no-brainer for cool places to drink in Glasgow. Venture up during the day for an afternoon spent soaking in the sun and taking in iconic views. Alternatively, come to Red Sky Bar after dark and dance to DJ sets 'til the early hours.
Fore Play Crazy Golf is spicing up your nights out in Glasgow. The gaming den is perfect for a fun evening with friends or for those of you looking for a quirky date idea, offering two nine-hole courses, a selection of street food vendors and an on-site cocktail bar.
An illicit drinking den on Buchanan Street, Tabac is dripping in date night vibes. Step inside the atmospheric cocktail joint and you'll be met with sultry lighting, comfy banquettes and bartenders ready and waiting to make up a selection of heady signature tipples.
Purveyors of juniper-based spirits and unusual G&Ts, beGIN is an award-winning bar that takes its botanical imbibing very seriously. Head over for a night of sampling their 68-strong collection of spiced, fruity and citrus-flavoured tipples.
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.
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 hangout on Sauchiehall Street known for its tropical flavours, this beauty is your one-stop shop for cocktail cups and cracking party nights.
Reclaimed tenement shutters and salvaged light fittings give a rustic edge to this fun Irish pub. Nestle into a snug corner at Kitty O'Shea's and enjoy beers on tap accompanied by some comfort food from the kitchen. Alternatively, there's also a cheeky whisky bar for those in need of something stronger.
Whether you loved or hated the film, you're sure to be a fan of the bar. A cool cornucopia of bowling-inspired antics and burger wolfing, Lebowskis are shaking up a storm, with over 25 types of White Russians available, as well as a variety of classic concoctions and draught beers.
Tucked away down a little lane, The Old Hairdresser's operates on a need-to-know basis. Up there with Glasgow's best cool and quirky bars, this unfussy party pad has got a cracking slapdash space upstairs for gigs, performances and exhibitions, ideal for a unique and arty night out.
The Ivy is bringing innovative brasserie-style dishes and beautiful botanical interiors to Glasgow. Thought that was it? You'd be wrong, as this place is serving up some of the very best cocktail creations in town, made by master mixologists behind the bar.
Perfectly garnished drinks served in cool glassware is what Kelvingrove Cafe is all about. Something of an institution for its captivating collection of quirky cocktails in Glasgow, this place knocks out a mix of chic style and vintage class all at the same time.