Quirky Things To Do in Glasgow

Looking for something to do that's fun but doesn't involve being dragged to a club and forced to dance in a circle with your pals 'til the wee hours? From burlesque shows to hidden bars, there's plenty of quirky things to do in Glasgow that offer something a little bit different to your usual. Take a look at our picks of the best quirky things to do in Glasgow and go try them out - you might just end up with a new hobby or undiscovered talent...

Last updated on 6th February 2018

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See the finest drag talent in Scotland at the Glitter & Grind Revue, where the biggest superstars in the UK bring all the fabulous charisma, uniqueness and nerve that the country has to offer.

19:30 - 22:00
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights
Burlesque/Piano
Merchant City
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One of the best quirky things to do in Glasgow, unleash your inner burlesque star with this fun and fabulous workshop with international burlesque sensation Tom Harlow.

11:00 - 15:00
Cabaret/Burlesque, Classes, Daytime, Something A Little Different
Burlesque/Piano
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Waxy O'Connor's Glasgow

2 user reviews

Waxy O’Connor’s is really a site to behold, and it’s not every day you say that about an Irish pub. The interior juxtaposes old church décor with stunning carpentry that springs from the floor and climbs the ceiling as if you’re drinking in a forest. This quirky Glasgow bar is spread across three floors, with six bars and nine seating areas, and offer a delicious food and drink selection.       

Happily Affordable ££
Merchant City

Do you worship at the altar of whisky? Then this tour is for you; join the expert guides as they lead you around four of the best bars in Glasgow's West End, feeding you malts and information as you go. It's a great quirky thing to do in Glasgow whether you're a visitor or a native.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Bar Crawl, Something A Little Different
Not Applicable
Argyle Street Area
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This is the perfect excuse for both of you to stay up, as infamous GlasVegas showgirl Roxy Stardust will present a whole range of spectacular burlesque and cabaret performers, all in the middle of the night.

23:30 - 01:30
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Comedy, Date Night
Merchant City
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Whoop, cheer and be amazed by some of Glasgow’s weirdest and most wonderful burlesque and cabaret performers. The ultimate hump-day treat doesn’t just have great performances, but a raffle to be won too.

19:30 - 23:00
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Hen Party
Merchant City
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Forget stony silence and still models, this life drawing class is the most lively around. Dr Sketchy's has garnered a cult following with their Sunday sessions at Stereo, think cabaret stars, burlesque models, music and lots of fun.

13:00 - 15:00
Something A Little Different, Classes, Theatre/Arts
Not Applicable
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Hummingbird

5 user reviews

Hummingbird has multiple personalities (or "rooms", as they're called) so you can be sure that there's always something quirky to do in this Sauchiehall bar. The super girly Glitter Room is the ideal place for a quirky night out in Glasgow. Book the room, bring some friends and make use of their karaoke machine - but if you're feeling a bit self-conscious, maybe sip a cocktail or two to warm up your vocal chords. 

Happily Affordable
Sauchiehall Street Area

Jam Nights

1 user reviews
@ Boteco Do Brasil on Every Thursday

Boteco do Brasil are hosting the ultimate Jam Session with some of Glasgow’s best musicians. While you can mostly expect South American sounds coupled with Caribbean and African influences, the mic is always open, so anything could happen at this fun and quirky event in Glasgow.

21:00 - 03:00
Live Music, Fun Time Partying
Live Music
Merchant City

Giving it serious welly when it comes to entertainment in Glasgow, join Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge for something truly different in the city as this luxury and glamorous pad boasts live cabaret, musical performances, circus performers and more.

Happily Affordable ££
Merchant City

Super Bario

2 user reviews

Super Bario is the first ever Glasgow arcade bar and it is everything you could want. Restoring a heap of classics from the golden era of arcade gaming, you can battle your friends on Mortal Kombat one night and compete against your date on Ridge Racer the next. They also supply the best, locally-produced beers and wonderful booze from around the world.

Happily Affordable
Glasgow City Centre

Flat 0/1

2 user reviews

Tucked away somewhere along Bath Street is Flat 0/1, one of the most quirky places to party in the whole of Glasgow town. Bedecked with 70s furniture and with cupboards constantly stocked up with booze, Flat 0/1 invite you round to get stuck in to one of their full-on, all-out club nights where home-grown DJs crank up the volume and do their thing ‘til late.

Drinkonomical £
Sauchiehall Street Area

The Scotland International Burlesque Festival is unleashing itself for the first time and bringing only the finest quality Burlesque the cities have ever seen, with beautiful performers, pure glamour, and only the most spectacular performances.

Happily Affordable
Glasgow City Centre

Hillhead Bookclub

9 user reviews

Craving the paddle? Looking for something different to do on a night out in Glasgow? Not only one of the coolest bars in the city, join Hillhead Bookclub for a few rounds on their ping pong table as you enjoy all things cocktails and competitive spirit.

Drinkonomical £
West End

Tabac

1 user reviews

Anybody for drinks in one of the coolest hidden bars in Glasgow? Thought you’d be up for it. Not only is Tabac a great place to come for dinner, it’s also got a hidden secret tucked away in its depths. Look out for the glowing neon sign through the fire exit, push through the door and discover the Panther Milk Bar, which serves up signature Leche de Pantera cocktails every Friday and Saturday night.

Happily Affordable
West End

Gin71

4 user reviews

Gin71 is a dedicated cocktail and gin bar in Glasgow central, boasting the largest selection of artisan gins in the city! Try some of their delicious cocktails or homemade tonics – if you’re unsure, one of the bar staff is bound to help you! But it’s really the interior that delivers on the quirkiness, featuring a whimsical mix of mirrors, archaic paintings, exposed brickwork and candlesticks.

Happily Affordable ££
Sauchiehall Street Area

Every last Wednesday of the month, The Hillhead Bookclub is overtaken by hilarious Drag Queens as they host the outrageous Ball Drag Bingo! With a cash prize of up to £500 and all the bingo madness you can expect, this is a quirky Glasgow event like no other.  

21:00
Quiz Night
Party Mash Up
West End

Riding Room

8 user reviews

Otherwise known as the Joint on the Corner, the Riding Room puts on all manner of different events and unusual entertainment in Glasgow. You’ll never tire of the quirky activities on show here, with live sets, burlesque, side-shows and magic acts all taking centre stage as unusual cocktails are served in jam jars and silver kettles!

Happily Affordable ££
Merchant City

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