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.
Last updated on 15th November 2017
Tucked neatly beneath SWG3, The Poetry Club is a wild and intimate bar and performance space. The brainchild of Glasgow based artist Jim Lambie, 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: a dark and cosy auditorium that is just as raucous as the infamous warehouse space that sits above it.
Probably the most infamous of hidden bars in Glasgow, you’re unlikely to find a venue with more kitsch swagger than Flat 0/1. Hiding away somewhere along Bath Street, stumble upon this 70s inspired pad and you might well find yourself at the ultimate house party, with leading DJ talent on the decks and the booze flowing into the wee hours.
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.
While not strictly a secret bar, The Flying Duck is most certainly a hidden gem in Glasgow. Tucked away in a basement way up the top end of Renfield Street, the front door is often locked and requires its cool kid patrons to use an unmarked entrance around the back. The basement bar below is worth the effort though, with trendster indie and electro tunes, fun club nights, and best of all free toast. Now that's what we call a secret worth keeping.
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. A great Glasgow night out guaranteed to feature kick-ass DJs, killer club nights, stunning surroundings and great vibes; discover this hidden gem and find yourself a new favourite hangout on North Street.
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, with cocktails and DJs taking preference over Earl Grey and cupcakes.