Dive Bars in Glasgow

Dive bars are cosy, homely bars that are gimmick-free and the perfect place to chill out without needing to get all dressed up. They get a bit of a bad rep over in the United States, but Glasgow's dive bars are much improved and you won't have to worry about your feet sticking to the floor. Here's our picks of some of the best dive bars in Glasgow, now go make yourself at home!


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The Belle

2 user reviews 4

The Belle is a cosy dive bar in Glasgow's West End, popular with young people and students looking for a homely drinking spot. Head there during the colder months to make the most of the open fire, comfy seats, free wifi and 99p coffees if it's a bit too early for an alcoholic drink. Look out for the mounted deers heads too, but don't stare for too long if you're easily scared. 

Variety Bar

2 user reviews 5

Variety Bar is often overlooked amongst the bright Sauchiehall Street bars, but is a favourite dive bar in Glasgow with students, suit wearing professionals and the older generation. This hideout has now started offering some delicious food from Smoak, who operate a little Tex-Mex stall within the bar. A nice spot on Sauchiehall Street to grab a drink and some tasty smoked meat.

The Admiral

1 user review 4

The Admiral has a bit of a split personality, with the dive bar vibe upstairs contrasting with the almost nightclub feel of the basement, but the upstairs area is probably what The Admiral is known best for. The traditional main bar area has recently been refurbished but still has a rustic charm, making it a great place for a pub lunch or somewhere to watch the football. 

Blackfriars

1 user review 4

Blackfriars is a dive bar in Glasgow that caters to beer enthusiasts, offering a multitude of real ales on tap and by the bottle. This pub in Glasgow is always busy, so make sure you head there early to beat the post-work crowd and find your prime drinking spot. We hear their pub grub is also pretty tasty - steak pie or mac 'n' cheese with your beer, anyone?