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 26th January 2017
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. The bar is spread across three floors, with six bars and nine places to sit, and they offer a delicious selection of food and drink.
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.
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.
Try something a little different in Glasgow with All The Young Nudes, an amazingly titled life-drawing session every week at Sloans. Bring your supplies or pick them up at the bar, then join in for a series of sessions with models that vary appearance every week. It’s a class for everyone from beginners to experts. They’ll also be playing a killer soundtrack to get you in the creative mood.
Super Bario is Glasgow’s first ever 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.
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.
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.
Gin71 is a dedicated cocktail and gin lounge in the heart of Glasgow, 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.
Otherwise known as the Joint on the Corner, the Riding Room puts on all manner of different events and unusual entertainment throughout the week. 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!
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.
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 Glasgow bar. The super girly Glitter Room is the ideal place for a quirky night out. 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.