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 12th April 2017
When it comes to a unique night out in Glasgow, you certainly shouldn't be bogged down by the boring, and that's where Shilling Brewing Co. come in. Join them not only for delicious serves of authentic, Italian pizza, there's a roster of brilliant craft beers to boot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lane Bar @ The Grosvenor is definitely a bar with a little something special on Ashton Lane. First of all, it's got a cinema attached, which is pretty damn different to most watering holes around town. Secondly, its vinyl music policy means you can buy sell, swap and listen to records - all the while with a drink in your hand. Certainly a quirky hangout, and a fun Ashton Lane spot for your Glasgow night out.
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.
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.
A fun hangout on Bath Street perfect for the cool kids, Flat 0/1 adds plenty of quirky features to your standard night out. From classic films on the big screen to fun club nights throughout the week - not to mention the offbeat, octogenarian chic decor - something a little different is always on the cards here.
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.
Those of you that fancy trying something unique in Glasgow will be hard pushed to give Tabac a miss. Sultry, sexy and sophisticated with markedly speakeasy inspired interiors, Tabac is a wonderland of cocktails and mixes that will keep you heading back for more.