Cheap And Free Things To Do In Glasgow

Sometimes, the pockets get tight and while we might not particularly like it, we have to budget. Sigh. However, this vibrant Scottish city empathises with us and has a wide range of activities to suit our financial needs. From bargain boozy brunches to retro game nights, we've handpicked the best cheap and free things to do in Glasgow.

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Last updated on 2nd January 2024

Affordable Restaurants In Glasgow

Because everyone's favourite thing to do is eat, check out these cheap places to eat in Glasgow. With restaurants like Kimchi Cult, Thaikun and Halloumi Central, you're bound to get your fix of delicious food in this city, without breaking the bank.

Flight Club Glasgow

Try your hand at Flight Club's social darts from only £10 per person for 60 minutes or £13 for 90 minutes. Set within a gorgeous heritage building on George Street, it offers cheap things to do in Glasgow city centre. There's an exciting space to play games, as well as sip on cocktails and tuck into a cheeky slice of pizza.


@ Maggie's on Every Friday

Strap on your Western boots and saddle up for Maggie's Rock 'n' Rodeo Presents: The Cowboy Ceilidh. Every Friday night from 6pm, expect line dancing lessons, live country music and a DJ until 3am. Making the list of cheap things to do in Glasgow for couples, tickets are £8 and include a free bull ride.

Tennents Bar

Tennents Bar has loads of affordable events throughout the week. You'll find karaoke here every Friday with no charge, plus Sunday's quiz night won't cost you a penny either, perfect if you're after free things to do in Glasgow this weekend. And if you head over on a Monday? Enjoy live comedy for only a fiver.

Lauders Sauchiehall Street

Get loud at The Lauders on Fridays and Saturdays, as DJs will be blasting classic hits and sing-along anthems. This real gem of a pub offers the best of both worlds: cheap and free things to do in Glasgow city centre with the added bonus of cosy interiors alongside banging cocktails.

Glasgow Fun Puzzle Treasure Hunt! Single route or double for racing!

@ Glasgow Central Station on Various dates from Saturday 20th April 2024

Get the whole gang involved with cheap and free things to do in Glasgow for families. Set off around the city solving puzzles, riddles and codes as part of The Great Game Treasure Hunt. Choose from two different routes then wander past landmarks, trundling through hidden back streets to uncover your prize with this low-cost activity.

The Islay Inn

The Islay Inn is home to all kinds of entertainment, with something happening every single night of the week. Whether you fancy quizzes on a Wednesday, Irish folk sessions on Thursdays or live bands on Fridays and Saturdays, this traditional boozer is the perfect place to kick back with a whisky and soak up the good vibes.


Platform is a cool arts centre with all kinds of cheap and free events going on. They host everything from live music to plays and acting workshops, most of which cost under a tenner, if there is a charge at all. What's more, they have a super affordable cafe and bar on site too.