Nestled away in the city centre is a hidden underground haunt reminiscent of the roaring 20s. Offering a unique combination of cocktails, live jazz and Prohibition inspiration, Swing is a unique place for a night out in Glasgow.
Secret Bars in Glasgow
Looking for something a little different from your night on the town? Venture away from the beaten track and you might just find a secret well worth keeping in the shape of basement escapes and quirky cocktail haunts. The hidden bars of Glasgow are pretty hard to come by, so we’ve whipped up this handy list and done all the hard work for you.
A secret bar in every meaning of the word, The Berkeley Suite is a decadent vintage style ballroom and late night bar, hidden behind a pawn shop on the side of the motorway. Nights here feature kick-ass DJs, killer club nights and stunning surroundings.
The Poetry Club plays host to regular small-scale theatrics, performance art, spoken-word events, as well as large parties, projections and live music shows. This secret West End bar is a dark and cosy auditorium that is just as raucous as the infamous warehouse space that sits above it.
A cool, stylish hangout, with odes to namesake, writer Charles Bukowski and his alter-ego throughout the bar, Chinaski's is a discreet place for a romantic dinner date or a catch up over cocktails with friends.
Tucked away in a basement on Renfield Street, the front door is often locked and requires its cool kid patrons to use an unmarked entrance around the back. The bar below is worth the effort though, with trendsetter indie and electro tunes, fun club nights, and best of all free toast.
A sultry hideaway that's pinned itself as a den for illicit drinking, draft beer and vintage trinkets, Tabac is one slick secret bar. Expect to stumble upon a lusty lair with a back bar that dedicated its libations to Leche de Pantera, a Spanish legionnaire's drink of choice.
The name says it all really, Speakeasy is a plush hidden haunt that takes you on a journey back in time and mixes it with modern influences. Promising a unique night out packed with live performances, flowing drinks and unparalleled charisma, it's a truly special secret bar.
Nested away on Bath Street, the Butterfly and the Pig disguises itself as a kitsch, antique tearoom – when in fact it's a late night bar with DJs, open mics and live bands. The cosy, shabby-chic furniture gives it a whimsical edge but masks its true intent as a night life destination.