Best Cold Weather Hangouts in Glasgow
Oh the weather outside is frightful. But these bars are so delightful. Yep, Glasgow was plunged into winter this week, snow obviously didn’t get the memo that’s it’s still only November. But just because it’s baltic out there, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to hibernate. Make the most of this nippy weather, duck, dive and slip your way out of the wind, rain and ice and head to one of these toasty joints instead. Primed places, that are just right for a cold snap.
This dreamy joint is one of the cosiest hangouts in Glasgow on a nasty day. Hearty grub, friendly service, comfy chairs and eh, cake – all you need to ride out a storm on the Southside. (P.S. The outside seating here is especially glorious with some mulled wine on a crisp day.)
Cup Tea Lounge
As you know, I’m a little bit mad about cake. Even more so on a frosty day. Watch the wet world go by from the big windows of this bustling corner bar, while perched with a cup of tea in one hand, a glass of bubbly in the other and a scone in your mouth. Bad weather bliss.
Look at that fire. That’s where I want to be sitting on a nippy one in the West End. Curler’s Rest offers some great pub grub, live sport, newspapers and board games, plus their mulled wine with a shot of Amaretto is second to none. Oh and that fire. Did I mention the fire?
Radio is a very fun place to ride out a not so fun day outside. They’ve got foosball, they’ve got DVDs, and they’ve got board games. This place is basically a youth club rec room, with a bar. Cheap eats and undergrad masses make this a rather cool hangout.
Tucked up in the rafters above the legendary Café Gandolfi, this bustling little attic bar is atmospheric, ambient and cosy. Wile away a rough evening with a glass of wine, a plate of food and some great conversation. Sophisticated shelter.
A gentrified joint on Great Western Road, The Belle is a rather splendid pub to duck into when the weather gets too much. Country pub vibes, you’ll feel like you’re on a weekend retreat, with a roaring fire, comfy seats, and a hot boozy bevvy to cure what ails you.
Stravaigin is just lovely. From the twinkling fairy lights and warm hospitality, to the corners you can hide away in and the windows looking out on the less fortunate souls dashing about in the cold. Add a plate piled high with neeps and tatties and you’re on to a wet day winner.
Winter weather doesn’t mean you can slack off on your exercise. So next time we get a crisp day, why not go for a long brisk walk in Glasgow Green, then reward yourself with a pint of Glasgow’s finest for afters? This place might be big, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cosy.
The ultimate bad weather go-to, there’s always something going on at The Grosvenor. Whether you fancy curling up with a bottle of wine and a movie, sampling some cocktails and vinyls, or maybe testing your film knowledge while eating cake; this Ashton Lane retreat is awesome.
Ice-skating might be one of winter’s finest pastimes, but after a few knocks and bruises on the rink, you need somewhere toasty to rest your (sore) tush. Browns is ideally located on George Square, armed with all you need to ease the pain of realising you’ll never quite be as good as Jayne Torvill.
So you know where I’ll be come the next snow day – where are your favourite cold day hideaways in Glasgow? Have a great weekend folks. Mind the ice, watch the snow, stay safe out there and if in doubt, go to the pub.