Something A Little Different in Glasgow

There are tonnes of fun bars in Glasgow, but sometimes you want a bit more from your after-work drinks or birthday night out than simply a quiet pint or some good tunes. Enter: our 'Something a Little Different' section, stocked full of quirky hangouts and alternative bars to offer you an evening out with a twist. If you're looking for something special from your night on the town, check out these venues with a certain je ne sais quoi. 

Last updated on 23rd September 2019




Taking over the Riding Room, Wild Cabaret and Barrowlands Ballroom, The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque celebrates the stars of the international cabaret scene with a week of performances and extravaganzas you won't want to miss.

Waxy O'Connor's Glasgow

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Waxy O'Connor's is so much more than just an Irish pub, it is also a twisty, turny, brilliantly intricate venue, featuring incredible decor throughout its three floors. Head there for a fresh pint of Guinness, some hearty dishes and some seriously unique surroundings.

We're suckers for themed bars, so The Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn was always going to be a winner with us. A fruity, fun bar on Bath Street, the cocktails come in proper ceramic jars straight from the South Pacific, the chairs are made of rattan and the DJ booth is actually a beach hut. If that's not enough, to leave Hawaii just step upstairs for some grub and you'll find yourself in sixties suburbia. A cool concept that you need to discover in the city centre.

The Berkeley Suite

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What could be cooler than a bar that looks like a pawn shop from out front. Indeed of selling off your granny's pearls, step inside into one of Glasgow's hidden gems. A stunning bar and ballroom, The Berkeley Suite is one of fiercest clubs in Glasgow with monster club nights and up for it crowds, it's certainly something special for your evening on the tiles.

WEST On The Green

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When it comes to looking for a little extra from your pint, West Brewery has certainly got it sorted. What better place to enjoy a cold brew than within the same walls it's made? This brewery meets bar is a stylish hangout, with cracking beers, tasty grub and a friendly feel. Add that to one of the best beer gardens in Glasgow and you can't go wrong with a night out at West. 

Riding Room

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Cabaret stars and cage style booths; The Riding Room is definitely one of the wildest venues in Glasgow. Whether you're out on a debaucherous date or having a drink in Merchant City with pals and looking to be entertained, The Riding Room's eclectic roster of burlesque shows, magicians, musicians and comedians will certainly give you something new to try. If the acts don't do it for you? The absinthe surely will.

Hillhead Bookclub

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Fancy a bit of ping pong, or a few rounds on the Super Nintendo? Maybe you want to drink cocktails out of an old gramophone, play bingo or join the sewing club? Hillhead Bookclub is a hive of offbeat activity where folk congregate for a quirky night out. If you're looking for something a little different in Glasgow, here is most definitely the place. 

As if the grand surroundings weren't enough, the adjoining casino at Teller's Bar in the Corinthian Club certainly gives a fresh spin to your Glasgow night out. Open until 6am, this is the most happening hang out after hours with great cocktails and a lively crowd. And who knows you may get lucky at the tables and head home at sunrise, quids in.