Best Bars in Glasgow City Centre 2017
Last Updated: 29th January 2017
Going out in Glasgow and need a few ideas? The following list is a handful of the best bars in Glasgow city centre and the surrounding areas. These are all bars we love here at Get Out Glasgow, as well as suggestions from our thousands of Twitter and Facebook followers. Glasgow has an excellent bar scene, and the compact nature of the city centre means most are just a short walk from each other. This guide covers the main “going out” areas of the city centre, including the heart of the city around Central and Queen Street train stations, 5 minutes walk north to Bath Street/Sauchiehall Street (two main thoroughfares which are lined with bars and clubs), and 10 minutes walk east to the Merchant City.
Of course, we know the Glasgow bar scene fairly well, but we’re far from infallible, so drop us a tweet with any of your own suggestions and we’ll be sure to take a look! Enough chat though, check out the best bars in Glasgow below!
Bars around Central & Queen Street Stations
The Pot Still, 154 Hope Street, G2, £
A real local favourite, receiving more shout-outs from our followers than anywhere else. It’s a small pub with a massive drink selection, particularly if you’re in the mood for a whisky. The staff are credited with being both friendly and highly knowledgeable when it comes to choosing a tipple. Great selection of beers here too, and good solid pub food.
Stereo & The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, G2, £
These are actually two separate bars, but they have the same vibe, same owner and are right next to each other. Both have a chilled out, stripped back aesthetic and well stocked bars. Stereo serves top-notch vegan food all day, whereas Old Hairdressers opens a bit later and is just a bar. Both places regularly host gigs and are a great drinking spot if you’re drawn to the more casual environment. Full review of Old Hairdressers here.
Tabac, 10 Mitchell Lane, G1, ££
Stylish, quirky bar right next to the Lighthouse. Has a great selection of spirits and draught beers from around the world, served (unusually) by the schooner. Nice relaxed environment inside and always a good buzz of atmosphere.
Sloans, 62 Argyll Arcade, G2, ££
One of the oldest pubs in Glasgow (claims to be the oldest) brings a cosy, traditional Scottish atmosphere to the city centre pub scene. Very popular venue for weddings and receptions, and even hosts a monthly Macaroni Cheese appreciation club. Click here to read our full review.
The Lab, 26 Springfield Court, G1, ££
Buchanan Street may be “the style mile”, but it can be hard to get a good pint. One of few decent bars off Buchanan Street, The Lab is the perfect after-work haunt for would be city slickers. Boasts a nice little inner-city beer garden which, inevitably, will be bursting at the seams the minute there’s a hint of warmth in the air.
The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, G2, £
Not *quite* in the Central/Queen Street Station area, but it’s such a great bar we couldn’t overlook it. At the top of Renfield Street (across from Cineworld) you’ll find this basement bar/club. Recently refurbished and rearranged, it doesn’t feel quite as cosy as it once did, but it still does the laid back, unpretentious bar thing really well.
Bars around Sauchiehall Street/Bath Street
Butterfly & Pig, 153 Bath Street, G2, ££
Popular with all age groups, this slightly old fashioned (probably deliberately) bar/restaurant, themselves describing it as a “welcoming, shabby chic, vintage country” interior, is a busy weekend haunt but also great for a few beers after work. Very reasonably priced, and great for a meal too if you’re so inclined.
Nice N Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, G2, £
One of the longest standing independent pubs in the city. Great atmosphere, good drink selection at fantastic prices. The music can be hit or miss, and the service can be slow, but you’ll always have a great night here. Dedicated gig venue downstairs too, rock club on the weekends. Click here to read our full review.
Broadcast, 427 Sauchiehall Street, G2, £
Right next door to Nice N Sleazy, Broadcast feels like its slightly less edgy cousin. Ultimately though, it’s actually a much nicer bar with a big drink selection, decent (although not as good as it used to be) food and a cosy gig venue downstairs which pulls a lot of the big-but-not-that-big touring bands who hit Glasgow.
Saramago, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2, £
Part of Glasgow’s CCA so it’s easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there, but Saramago is a great little cafe/bar in its own right, which also serves excellent veggie food.
Flat 0/1, 162 Bath Street, G2, £
Not quite as cool as it thinks it is, but if you you’re in the mood for a “themed” bar/club (the theme being a run down flat from the 70s) then this might be up your street. It’s cheap and cheerful, open ’til 3am Tuesday to Saturday and always has a good buzz about it – definitely not for everyone though.
Variety Bar, 401 Sauchiehall Street, G2, £
In the heart of Sauchiehall Street’s maddest goings on, The Variety Bar offers a bit of respite with a huge selection of drinks, unique retro aesthetics and the introduction of its “Smoak” menu brings some wonderful food to the table as well. Well worth a look to escape the madding crowd and enjoy one of a great selection of beers.
Hummingbird, 186 Bath Street, G2, ££
A sprawling place with several rooms including multiple bars, a club and a restaurant. Nice for a chilled out meal/couple of drinks during the week but very much becomes a “going out” kind of place for the 18 to 20 year olds at the weekend.
Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn, 214 Bath Street, G2, £
Nice chilled out bar and restaurant at the Charing Cross end of Bath Street. Good selection of drinks, including loads of tropical cocktails and a good pan-asian food menu.
Bars around Merchant City
Maggie Mays, 60 Trongate, G1, £
Right on the southern fringe of the Merchant City, Maggie Mays is without a doubt one of the most popular bars in the area. Busy basically all the time, it’s nice for a chilled out meal or a couple of pints through the week, but almost approaches club levels of music and atmosphere on the weekend. Click here to read our full review
Beer Cafe, 78 Candleriggs, G1, ££
One of the best bottled beer selections you’ll find anywhere in the city with an extensive menu, categorised by the many different countries from which they originate. Seating is mainly around the edges of the bar with lots of standing room and numerous tables out within Merchant Square itself. There are also a few outdoor seats on Candleriggs itself, but good luck getting one when the weather’s good enough to want to!
Bar 91, 91 Candleriggs, G1, ££
Another bar which comes highly recommended by our Twitter followers, this cool bar on Candleriggs always pulls a crowd. Bustling atmosphere with a fantastic beer selection (bit of a trend in this part of town!) and solid food too. It ain’t cheap, but it’s not too bad either.
13th Note, 50-60 King Street, G1, £
One of the city centres best rock bars, as it doesn’t smack you over the head with it like certain others. Laid back atmosphere, a really good beer selection including loads of locals and a dedicated gig venue downstairs, plus fantastic vegetarian food to boot. Can get rowdy on the weekends but you’ll usually find a space. Click here to read our full review.
Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, G1, £
A semi-traditional pub which always has a great selection of guest ales on the taps, at good prices. With a pub quiz every Monday and regular gigs throughout the week, there’s always something going on. Quite a large bar, there’s plenty of seating both inside and out. It really busies up with locals on the weekend.
WEST, Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, G40, ££
A bit of a walk further east (15 minutes or so) from the merchant city, but if you’re in the area and want some quality local beer it’s worth making the trip. Right on the edge of Glasgow Green, the old templeton carpet factory now houses this Glasgow institution – brewery, bar and restaurant all in one. A beautiful place to relax on a sunny day (and not a bad place to drown your sorrows on a rainy one too).
Mono, 12 King’s Court, G1, £
A very laid back bar/vegan restaurant/record store (in the form of monorail music), good selection of drinks, reasonable prices and it’s a pretty big place so it takes a lot to get it busy (although it does happen). Another one for fans of a stripped back, casual environment to drink in.
We hope you’ve found this guide useful and that you’ll get out and try a few of these amazing Glasgow city centre pubs and bars. Don’t hesitate to connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know how you get on, or if you have your own favourites that didn’t make the list.