Pubs and Bars

There are too many bars and pubs to list so we have come up with some categories then picked the best of the bunch! Please note the bars are not listed in any order, they are just five of the best, you can be the judge!

Top 5 Chain Pubs

Chain pubs and bars generally offer a good value selection of drinks in good locations. However, they lack character and food is not always great. Good to start a night or as a meeting point.

Counting House

In an old bank, plenty of seats, cheap drinks, no music.

George Square -> Counting House

The Edward Wylie

Nearly always quiet so plenty of room.

Bothwell Street -> The Edward Wylie

The Ark

Studenty pub where you can get a decent burger and cheap beer. Even cheaper with their “yellow card”.

North Frederick Street -> The Ark

Curlers

Byres Road -> Curlers

Coopers

Great Western Road

Top 5 Irish Pubs

For your Guinness fix!

Molly Malones

Hope Street -> Molly Malones

Waxy O’Connors

Maze like structure inside over four levels!

West George Street -> Waxy O’Connors

O’Neills

Merchant Square -> O’Neills

Jinty McGuintys

Ashton Lane -> Jinty McGuintys

Failte

St Vincent Street

Top 5 Whisky Bars

The Pot Still has the biggest selection but the others are worth a try!

Pot Still

483 Whiskies

Hope Street -> Pot Still

Oran Mor

250 Whiskies

Byres Road -> Oran Mor

Bon Accord

230 Whiskies

North Street -> Bon Accord

Ben Nevis

180 Whiskies

Argyle Street

Uisge Beatha

130 Whiskies

Woodlands Road

Top 5 Beer and Real Ale

Try some Scottish or British beers and ales or indulge in your favourite imported variety.

West Brewery

Try the eight West Beers from Glasgow plus many others

Glasgow Green -> West Brewery

Beer Cafe

50+ beers. Good selection of German and Belgian beers

Merchant Square

Republic Bier Halle

70 beers. Buy one get one free on pizza every day!

Gordon Street -> Bier Halle

Tennants Bar

Good selection of real ale on tap

Byres Road

Brel

Belgian themed bar with a good selection of beers.

Ashton Lane -> Brel

Top 5 Cocktail Bars

Here are 5 cocktail bars which are not too expensive and have a good selection.

Vodka Wodka

Over 100 vodkas, Tokyo Ice Tea is recommended!

Ashton Lane -> Vodka Wodka

Monkey Bar

Cheap little cocktail bar

Bath Street -> Monkey Bar

Lebowskis

Over 20 types of White Russian!

Argyle Street -> Lebowskis

Home

Cheap cocktails and nibbles, £2 cosmos Monday – Thursday! Also where the Glasgow LC generally holds meetings.

Albion Street

Social

£2 cocktails Monday-Wednesday

Royal Exchange Square -> Social

Top 4 Student Bars

These venues are quite quiet in the summer when most of the students leave but still offer good value drinking!

Strathclyde Union

Showing most World Cup games on big screens.

john Street -> Strathclyde Union

Glasgow University Union (GU)

University Avenue -> GU

Glasgow Queen Margaret Union (QMU)

University Gardens -> QMU

Nice N Sleazys

Sauchiehall Street -> Nice N Sleazys

Top 5 Theme Bars

These bars offer something a bit different in terms of surroundings!

Walkabout

An Australian themed bar with live sport on a big screen, £1.50 drinks. Also the Kangaroo burger is worth a try!

Hope Street -> Walkabout

Frankenstein

Monster themed bar, pretty cool. And Frankenstein awakes!

West George Street -> Frankenstein

Kushion

With cushions! (funnily enough). The most comfortable bar in Glasgow. Also has great club nights on Tuesdays.

Bath Street -> Kushion

Bloc

Communist themed bar. A firm favourite with live music most nights.

Bath Street -> Bloc

The 78

A comfortable bar/cafe selling alternative beers and vegan food. Live jazz on a Sunday and dub’n;grub on a Thursday is worth checking out.

Kelvinhaugh Street -> The 78

Top 5 Traditional Pubs

Full of old men and/or full of character!

Babbity Bowser

A favourite of Strathclyde students and staff. Great Scottish food too and a relaxed atmosphere. Can be a bit pricey though.

Blackfriars Street

Press Bar

Small old mans pub with a nice atmosphere and good service.

Albion Street

Committee Room Number 9

Interesting display of Glasgow history on the wall including the communist uprising. £1.99 cocktails.

John Street -> Committee Room Number 9

Aragon

No nonsense pub with good service and football matches live.

Byres Road

Lismore

Over 100 whiskies in this island themed bar.

Dumbarton Road

Top 5 Pre-Club

These bars help set the scene for a good night out and are close to the clubs!

Bunker

Bath Street -> Bunker

Butterfly and Pig

Bath Street -> Butterfly and Pig

Firewater

Sauchiehall Street -> Firewater

Slumdog

Bar and restaurant that does great Indian street food.

Sauchiehall Street -> Slumdog

Hummingbird

Four levels of brand new stylish bars. Dress to impress

Bath Street -> Hummingbird

Top 5 Gay Bars

Most of the gay bars and clubs are located in the golden triangle within the Merchant City. The gay festival every year in Glasgow is called GlasGay!

Polo Lounge

Wilson Street -> Polo Lounge

Delmonicas

Virginia Street -> Delmonicas

Bennets

Glassford Street -> Bennets

FHQ

John Street -> FHQ

Waterloo Bar

Argyle Street -> Waterloo Bar

Top 5 Places to Watch the World Cup

Walkabout

An Australian themed bar with live sport on a big screen, £1.50 drinks. Also the Kangaroo burger is worth a try!

Hope Street -> Walkabout

The Loft

Ashton Lane -> The Loft

The Ark

Studenty pub where you can get a decent burger and cheap beer. Even cheaper with their “yellow card”.

North Frederick Street -> The Ark

Curlers

Byres Road -> Curlers

The Rock

Hyndland Road

Beverages

Just a few traditional and not so traditional Scottish beverages that we would recommend trying!

Spirits

  • Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky
  • Drambuie Whisky Liqueur
  • Glayva Whisky Liqueur
  • Hendricks Gin
  • Tanqueray Gin

Beers

  • Tennants
  • Belhaven Best
  • Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin
  • Arran Blonde