Glasgow Nightlife

Glasgow is flooded with pubs and bars, there are over 130 music events every week, and numerous nightclubs catering for all musical tastes. Glasgow's nightspots cluster around the West End and Ashton Lane (a cobbled street lined with bars and restaurants), the city centre, and the suave Merchant City.

You can buy tickets for most events at Scottish Event Campus ( The main guide to cultural events and going out is The List ( Tickets to events are available from the venues or from Ticketmaster (

Bars in Glasgow

Bar Brel

Located in Glasgow’s lively West End neighbourhood, Ashton Lane veteran Brel serves well-kept beer and wine in a revamped setting which includes a spacious beer garden and conservatory. A laid-back atmosphere and an extensive menu that includes mussels, frites, and whole baked cheese make it a great place to stop for the evening.

39-43 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 342 4966
Òran Mór

At the top of Byres Road in Glasgow’s West End is Òran Mór (Gaelic for 'big song'), an eclectic venue with a lounge bar, whisky bar, two restaurants, live music venue and club and private dining. Set in what was once Kelvinside Parish Church, its main bar and Whisky Bar are open daily while the Brasserie Late Night Bar is open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Top of Byres Road, Scotland, G12 8QX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 357 6200
The Wee Pub

Part of Glasgow’s legendary ‘The Ubiquitous Chip’ restaurant, The Wee Pub lays claim to being the smallest pub in Scotland, cosy with friendly staff and punters. It has been serving draught Furstenberg as its house pilsner for 30 years, and also specialises in whiskies and spirits. If it gets too crowded you can head to The Big Pub or Corner Bar for cocktails, also part of The Chip.

12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 334 5007

Clubs in Glasgow

Admiral Bar

A variety of fun club nights take place in the basement of this traditional pub. From disco, house, techno, funk, and soul on the first Saturday of every month to latin, freakbeat, and ska, this is a laidback venue. Admiral bar has a downstairs club, and a food and bar court on the upstairs.

72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 221 7705
The Sub Club

Scotland’s best-known electronic venue is the longest running underground dance club in the world where DJs have been spinning techno and electro since 1987. Its flagship Saturday night Subculture is now the longest running weekly house and club night in the world with equally long-serving resident DJs. As well as regular club nights, it also hosts live bands and has one of the UK's largest bodysonic dance floors.

22 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, G1 4QD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 248 4600

Live Music in Glasgow

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

Consistently voted one of the best small venues around, the 300-capacity King Tut's Wah Wah Hut is a stalwart of Glasgow’s grassroots music scene and one of the best places to see up-and-coming bands. It was here where the Mancunian band Oasis were signed in 1993. Other bands that played here at the start of their careers include Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, and Snow Patrol.

272A St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 221 5279
Scotia Bar

Dating back to 1792, The Scotia is considered to be Glasgow’s oldest pub on one of Glasgow’s original streets. A short walk from St Enoch Subway in the city centre, it has been said to be one of the city’s best live music venues for 40 years, famous for folk music with the likes Billy Connolly playing here. It hosts a combination of resident and non-resident bands playing everything from rock to blues.

112-114 Stockwell Street, Glasgow, G1 4LW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 552 8681
SSE Hydro

SSE Hydro is a new addition to Glasgow’s urban riverscape, a 12,000-capacity stadium that will see the likes of everyone from Justin Timberlake and Beyonce to Dolly Parton and Il Divo. Some live music events will still take place at the SECC Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre next door. Both venues are served by Exhibition Centre station.

Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 248 3000

Classical Music in Glasgow

City Halls & Old Fruitmarket

Home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Halls is also a base for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra – its Grand Hall is world-renowned for its acoustics. Dating back to 1841, it is Glasgow’s oldest performance space and home to Glasgow’s Centre for Music. It also includes the Old Fruitmarket, a refurbished Victorian building with vaulted roof and cast-iron columns, which hosts everything from classical concerts to jazz and pop.

Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 353 8000
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scotland's leading symphony orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall hosts a range of concerts from classical to pop. Legends such as Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Corinne Bailey Rae, and BB King have all played here. The popular Proms concerts take place here in June and it is also the main venue for Celtic Connections, the world’s largest winter music festival.

2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 141 353 8000

Music and Dance in Glasgow

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal is Scotland’s longest running theatre, dating all the way back to 1867. Its Victorian auditorium plays host to a variety of genres including drama, comedy, opera, children’s theatre, musicals, and dance. It is also home to Scottish Opera, the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland, while Scottish Ballet is the theatre’s resident ballet company.

282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 844 871 7647
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