Weird and Wonderful Bars in Glasgow
A city as diverse as Glasgow is always going to have a bit of a freaky side that we don't always see. And with converted churches, secret speakeasies and a few themed venues, where better to see this weird and wonderful side than in its bar game. From the heart of Merchant City to the edge of Finnieston, the city is dotted with bars that have something special about them. We've compiled a stellar list of Glasgow's weirdest and most wonderful bars for your drinking pleasure, featuring both new hangouts and old favourites. Enjoy!
Last updated on 22nd January 2018
The Shilling Brewing Co. is a venue that celebrate the complex art of creating craft beer. Based in the heart of Glasgow and featuring its own micro-brewery, the bar frequently serves beers that have been crafted only a few feat away from the taps. Framed by huge brass brewing tanks and splashes of bright paint, its the bar's weird and wonderful character that sees it draw in some many guests.
The luxury Thai restaurant chain Thaikhun have established themselves as one of Glasgow's best Asian food restaurants. The dishes here are stunning and feature recipes as old as time, but it's the beautiful decorations and colourful furniture that really makes it a weird and wonderful venue in Glasgow. Think hanging signs in thai, colourful rickshaws and bright green furniture.
Drenched head to toe in carved wood furniture and with huge tree trunks connecting the floor to the ceiling, Waxy O'Connors laughs in the face of Glasgow's ordinary pubs. Serving a range of gastro pub treats and featuring a craft beer and real ale line-up that's capable of rivalling any, the venue's low hanging lanterns and stained glass windows makes it one of the weirdest bars in Glasgow.
Charming in every way, Kitty O'Shea's is a quirky Irish pub in the heart of Glasgow that's far removed from your run-of-the-mill local boozer. With rows of barrels lining the walls, unfinished wooden flooring and over 11 different beers on tap, it's an ideal place to escape the bustle of the city after a long working day. For those that prefer something even stronger, there's even a little whisky bar here, full of the best single malts that Scotland has to offer.
A bar decorated like your nan's house back in the 80s might not be top of your list in terms of a party location, but Flat 0/1 bursts into life every week and draws in guests with its flat-party vibes. Think chesterfield sofas, brightly coloured wallpaper, frilly lampshades and all your favourite ice-cold drinks. This quirky venue in Glasgow has plenty of charm and is sure to win you over with its wonderful weird ways.
Carving into giant blocks of ice to make their drinks, the Kelvingrove Cafe is an experimental cocktail bar that never stops when it reaches a boundary. Once a Victorian ice-cream parlour, the venue's expert mixologists blend together a range of fresh fruits, exotic liqueurs and international spirits when creating their drinks. Expect to find things that you've never seen or tasted before at this weird and wonderful bar in Glasgow.
Whether you're smashing your mates at ping pong, relaxing with a few cheeky pints after work or trying your luck at a bingo session run by two drag queens, the Hillhead Bookclub remains at the top of Glasgow's list of weird venues that everyone has to see. Grab your mates, head down and enjoy all the bizarre party nights on offer at this fun venue in Glasgow.
Based in the city's East End, St Luke's is a venue housed in an old Presbyterian Church. With the original pulpit and organ still placed in the venue, the former church now has a number of different bars, all serving sin by the glass, and a stage that's hosted some of the city's best up-and-coming rocks bands. Kick back in a pew and soak up all the brilliance that this venue has to offer.
As Glasgow's biggest tiki-themed bar, this venue is easily one of the more quirky bars in Glasgow. With the walls lined with bamboo shoots, a handful of giant Polynesian stone heads and some of the most exotic, rum-based cocktails in town, it's easy to lose yourself in a charming bar like this.
The team at Tabac deal only in fresh dishes, stunning cocktails and cheeky surprises. Based on Mitchell Lane, the venue's sleek decorations and ultra cool vibes are mirrored by the daring cocktails its mixologists produce using their arsenal of international spirits and potent liqueurs. But unquestionably the best secret in town, the venue has a secret bar, The Panther Milk Bar, that's hidden beyond a fire exit. This is easily one of the coolest bars in Glasgow.
Hidden in the middle of town, Chinaski's is a secret bar in Glasgow, dressed as a speakeasy that you'd expect to find back in the 1920s. Simple yet wonderfully decadent, the venue pairs its burgers, pizzas and pastas with a drinks menu full of great craft beer, fiery spirits and signature cocktails. Maybe take a littler wander and peak behind a few curtains. Who knows, you could find a complete new drinking den at this weird and wonderful bar in Glasgow.
At Glasgow's Bavaria Brauhaus, ever month is October. The German beer fanatics behind this Oktoberfest den have all the biggest German brands on tap, including the likes of Lowenbrau, Hofbrau, Augestiner, Paulaner, Hacken-Pschorr and Spaten. With a menu composed of traditional German dishes keeping things on an even keel, the rowdy, infection vibes make this one of the most wonderful bars in town.
Pairing stunning cocktails with flirty burlesque, the Riding Room has to be one of the quirkiest spots in town. Hosting Glasgow's most dazzling burlesque and cabaret performers, this downright weird and wonderful venue wins you over with flairing bartenders and exuberant flavours. Trust us, a night in this quirky Glasgow bar won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Based on Kings Street, Super Barrio washes a wave of nostalgia over every guest that walks through its doors. The venue's walls are lined with all your favourite vintage arcade games - such as Miss Pacman, Space Invaders and Tekken - and the bar is stocked will the best craft beers produced by Britain's most iconic breweries.