Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014; your where to watch preview

By Claire Byrne.

Glasgow 2014 is nearly upon us. Okay well we still have a bit of a wait, but we're just too dang excited. So in anticipation of one of the greatest events to ever come to Glasgow, here are some of our top picks of where to watch all the action. Whether it's plasma screens set up outside, flat screens down the pub, or catching the action from a beer garden (it's going to be a scorcher, we can feel it) here are some of our predictions for the best places to see the sport. 

The SECC Precinct will play host to gymnasts, weightlifters and the worlds' media. 

Finnieston is set to be a hive of activity come Summer 2014, with the SECC Precinct playing centre stage in the Games. Not only will the newly-built Hydro, SECC and Clyde Auditorium will be home to high profile sports like gymnastics, weightlifting and boxing, but all eyes will be Clydeside as the precinct will also host the world’s media at the Games’ press centre. Soak up the atmosphere and catch lunch en route to the action in bars like The Finnieston or Lebowski’s. Or mingle with the masses and celebrate the wins after dark in Distill. If you’re visiting Glasgow for the Games, be sure to swing by The Ben Nevis for a wee dram and a taste of real Scottish hospitality.

The East End will get its chance to shine throughout the games as Celtic Park gets the party started with the Opening Ceremony. The East End is also home to The Emirates Arena and adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, as well as Glasgow Green Hockey Centre. Take in the sporting summertime vibes in the great outdoors at West Brewery on Glasgow Green.

Soak up the sporting atmosphere from the beer garden of West Brewery on Glasgow Green.

If you like your sporting action a little slower paced, the bowls will kick off in Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre. Indulge in a leisurely craft beer en route at Munro’s or Inn Deep on Great Western Road, or BrewDog across from Kelvingrove Gallery.

And just in case you forget to nab a ticket, there will be a plethora of great Glasgow bars to catch the action. And when it comes to taking in the sports live on the big screen, as with the London 2012 Games, Merchant Square in Merchant City will be the place to cheer on the champs with a crowd. Camp out in Metropolitan or Beer Café for a birds’ eye view of the home team taking to the podium.

Elsewhere in Glasgow plasma screens in sports bars like Faktory, Golf Lounge, Committee Room No.9 and Waxy O’ Connor’s will ensure you never miss a throw, a goal, a hurdle or a lap throughout the Games.

Pubs around Glasgow like Waxy O' Connors will be screening the best of the Commonwealth action.

Whether it’s screaming in the arenas or sporting the home side from the comfort of the pub, Glasgow will be the place to be next summer. Just make sure you’re match fit, and watch this space for all your after dark, nightlife needs during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.