Indie Bars in Glasgow
Quite possibly the alternative music capital of the UK, Glasgow boasts a twee-mendous (sorry) offering of Indie bars that are just the ticket for shaking a few tail-feathers. In homage to the impressive musical output of the last half century, bars across Glasgow welcome cardigan-clad hip-cats to disco their way through the weekend, or simply chat over the musical history of this fine city. We've lined up the best of the best, recommending our favourite Indie Bars in Glasgow for your toe tappin' benefit.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
A hot-spot for Glasgow's arty types, 13th Note doubles up as a grizzly basement bar and a top notch niche restaurant. Serving vegan fare by day and showcasing the best of Scotland's established and burgeoning musical talents by night, there should be question as to why 13th Note is a popular indie bar in Glasgow. Be sure to check out the jukebox which champions the best of Glasgow's musical heritage.
The home of happening house parties and decked out in retro chic furnishings, mis-matched items, frilly lampshades and all manner of kitsch, Flat 0/1 is as unassuming as they come. Expect a soundtrack of indie hits from across the decades, washed down with £1 helpings of supermarket cider, MadDog 20/20 for £1.50 and Cherry Lambrini as the house wine. A charming joint, and a top choice for an indie bar in Glasgow.
A cinema bar with its own record shop, The Lane Bar is a happening hangout for Glasgow's hip-cats. Channel your inner musician at their open mic night, or hit the decks at Bring Your Own Vinyl after you've swapped and shopped at the in-house record shop (whilst sippin' on something 'hella strong from their cocktail offering, of course). It should also be mentioned that these guys exclusively play vinyl; how's that for a selling point?
Frequented by Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, and regularly hosted by one or more BMX Bandit, The Sparkle Horse pub quiz is a regular hangout for Glasgow's indie veterans. Welcoming indie kids, proper grown ups and many, many dogs, this one hosts all sorts of twee fun - we're talking jewellery sales, discos for kids and DJ events inspired, of course, by Glasgow's fine pedigree of indie and alternative music.
The only bar in Glasgow with a 'Free Toast Policy', The Flying Duck is one of Glasgow's lesser known haunts. Overflowing with all sorts of kitsch, this basement haunt of Renfield Street pairs home comforts with charming tunes. Hosting regular indie club nights that soundtrack the best in indie pop, post punk, new wave and soul, as well as boasting a night dedicated solely to Glasgow's indie-pop veterans Belle & Sebastian, The Flying Duck is a prolific venue on the Glasgow indie scene.
More than a little rough around the edges, Blackfriars is an indie bar in Glasgow that packs quite the dance party punch. The basement venue hosts regular live music performances and a series of DJs, famed for spinning tracks from Glasgow's impressive back catalogue of indie and alternative hits, as well as rock&roll, funk and blues, reggae, surf and ska. Expect wooden floors, leather seating and a smattering of candles at this Merchant City venue: this one offers buckets of charm and barrels of fun throughout the week.