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 20th September 2016
When it comes to a unique night out in Glasgow, you certainly shouldn't be bogged down by th 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.
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.
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.
If you're a bit of a beer buff, then you're bound to find something a little different at Republic Bier Halle. Serving over 90 draft and bottled brews with everything from the "world's best brew" Vitus to Republic's very own house lager, chances are there will be something you haven't tried. With proper beer hall vibes, and bratwursts on the go, this place will give your night out in the City Centre a fun, German twist.
Hit some balls while you hit the beer; The Golf Lounge is a prime spot for anyone looking to get more from their night out in Glasgow. A select choice for parties or corporate events, with over 50 courses around the world to play on - without ever leaving the bar - Scotland's fist indoor golf venue offers more bang for your beer and something different from your usual routine.
With its free toast policy, The Flying Duck was always going to make our list for something a little different in Glasgow. Add that to some killer DJs, fun club nights and kick-ass-board games and this cool Glasgow bar had us at, well, toast.
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.
When it comes to looking for a little extra from your pint, West has certainly got it sorted. What better place to enjoy a cold brew than within the same walls it's made in? 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.
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.
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 from 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.
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.
A sprawling warehouse venue, SWG3 is one of the most stand-out clubs in Scotland. Not only does it draw massive DJs and mammoth crowds, but it throws some innovative events and quirky parties. Definitely worth a look-see if you're seeking a party that's a cut above your standard club night experience.
Another bar in Glasgow with a built in record store, Mono is a real gem in Merchant City. Whether you come for vinyls, ping pong, or to see some innovative performances and blinding bands, you'll always get a like something more from your night out at Mono.