LIVELY NIGHTS… AND PEACEFUL MORNINGS
Because it’s good to know where to go, once the party’s over, right? Glasgow’s nightlife is legendary. A hard-working city, it’s perfected the fine art of letting its collective hair down once the 9-5 is done. There hangs on, still, an indomitable clutch of old-school pubs; but the pace quickens in the city’s late-night bars and clubs. And, after a much-needed late start, we’ve mapped out the perfect Sunday morning route to recovery.
King Tut’s (Wah Wah Hut)
Legendary music venue whose importance is way out of proportion to its size – it’s hot, sweaty and reassuringly old school. And it kick-started – or at least was a turning point – in the careers of the likes of Oasis, Crowded House, Radiohead, The Killers and My Chemical Romance. Think music venues are dead? King Tut’s thrillingly convinces you otherwise. Don’t worry who’s on. Just go.
272a St Vincent Street
Glasow’s a UNESCO World City of music for good reason. And no visit to the city’s nightlife is complete without a trip to the legendary ballroom of dreams, the Barrowlands. Immortalised in the Trainspotting films, the ‘barras’ has welcomed everyone from U2 to Depeche Mode, via Primal Scream. And it’s as vital and vibrant today as it’s ever been – with a healthy mix of classic artists and emerging talent. If you’re not having a good time, check your pulse.
Launching just in time to fill the (huge) hole left by the demise of the Arches, SWG3 is a warehouse-sized temple to the Glasgow’s love of a VERY large night out. And they don’t get any bigger than Maximum Pressure, a techno melt-down hosted by the city’s duo DJ Gods, Slam. But the versatile venue is home to arts events, tours (from country and western nights to the likes of Django Django and LCD Soundsystem). And if you’ve not tried Bongo’s Bingo (rave meets bingo) prepare to be amazed.
100 Eastvale Place
Still firing on all cylinders 40-odd years later, Nicos is Sauchiehall Street’s go-to bar for good times, cheap beer (hence its popularity with students) and great craic. it’s an unpretentious, slim and stripped back venue – and in a city that’s got more than its fair share of chandeliers and VIP banquettes, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Nor, it seems, would its loyal band of customers. Good times guaranteed.
375-379 Sauchiehall Street
The Corinthian Club
Bar, restaurant, club – there’s an entire eco-system at play in this four-floored boutique venue in the heart of the Merchant City. It attracts a dressy crowd, but the Corinthian is refreshingly attitude-free.
191 Ingram St, G1 1DA
This independent brewery specializes in beer and lagers brewed in strict accordance with the German Purity Law: it’s a German-run affair, with more than a dash of Scots flair. And a great spot for a peaceful drink.
Glasgow Green, G40 1AW
A Byres Road institution, Òran Mór (Gaelic for ‘great melody of life’) is a buzzing live music meeting place, with a great range of craft beers, good food and a sociable, up-for-it crowd.
Byres Road, G12 8QX
This live music and club space (with a superb vegan cafe) is always a sure bet. The packed calendar showcases local music acts, DJs and after parties, and books biggish touring bands too.
22 Renfield Ln, G2 6PH
The Pot Still
A city center institution, and one of the best whisky bars in Glasgow, makes the Pot Still a shoe-in if you’re after a pub with authentic atmosphere on tap. There’s a full 560 whiskies to choose from. So get here early.
154 Hope St, G2 2TH
Sweaty basement club below Max’s bar, attracting top flight DJs; expect a diet of techno, dubstep, house and electro. It’s small, but the atmosphere is never less than incendiary at weekends.
73 Queen St, G1 3BZ
Nice n Sleazy
Seminal bar and club right on Sauchiehall Street, still pumped up after a few years at the epicenter of Glasgow nightlife. Late-night drinking den, live venue and home to Glasgow’s best burger, the Love Bite.
421 Sauchiehall St, G2 3LG
Hosting some of the world’s most in-demand underground DJs, the Berkeley Suite is your go-to destination to categorically prove that dance ain’t dead. Witness nights by Horse Meat Disco, Andrew Weatherall and Felix Da Housecat and you’ll get it.
237 North St, G3 7PH
They say this place is home to the world’s longest-running underground dance night – whatever, the Sub Club is very much alive and still kicking after nearly 30 years. Blistering electronica is the lingua franca here, as it pretty much always has been.
22 Jamaica St, G1 4QD
And the morning after?
For the best fry-up breakfasts, head to Gusto and Relish ( 729-731 Pollokshaws Rd, G41 2AA) to sample their homemade sausages and black puddings.
Veggies should head to 13th Note ( 50-60 King St, G1 5QT) for great meat-free options.
On a health binge? Martha’s (142A St Vincent St G2 5LQ) smoothies, yogurts and granola will bring you back to virtuous.
Then again, you could have a lie-in, and take a pancakes and waffle brunch at Cafezique (66 Hyndland St, G11 5PT).
Then, you could take a stroll in the Botanic Garden – towards the lower end of the Great Western Road, (730 Great Western Rd, G12 0UE) it’s a lush escape route from the city, with woodland walks, glasshouses and formal gardens beside the River Kelvin.
Or you could browse the Urban Market (85 Drygate, G4 0UT) for nick-nacks (and street food).