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1. Posted by pauld498 (Inactive 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

We go to Glasgow on the 4th of june and stay there a long weekend!

Can someone tell us what to do, and where to eat and have a fantastic nightlife?

Hope to hear soon from you.

Greetings Paul

2. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

This is my completely biased and subjective opinion based on what I like in the city centre, but you should trust my opinion!

Pubs and Bars:

- Sloans is a traditional pub in the city centre. A nice little place to have a conversation with your friends and meet other people.

- The Classic Grand - is a big but fairly laid back pub with a venue downstairs that has bands on most nights. It's pretty busy, but you can also relax on a couch if you feel the need.

- Rufus T Firefly the quiet pub for people who like rock/metal music. Just like a normal pub but the music and the people who go to it are all rock/metal oriented so if that's your sort of thing this is a decent place to go to.

- Ashton Lane is a fashionable street in the West End that has a lot of traditional and interesting pubs. A place to go if you like low key/interesting places.

- Box - cheap drinks, busy at the weekends, plays rock/indie music or has live bands.

Clubs: I prefer pubs, but here are some of the most popular.

- The Arches is the archetypal dance club. It depends who happens to be playing on the night you go there whether it's any good, but the majority of the best DJs who visit the city play at the Arches.

- Optimo is a club night held every Sunday. The Arches might be the most well known, but Optimo probably has a better reputation depending on who you speak to. Plays dance music, but sometimes other stuff as well.

- The ABC is a club which plays pop/indie music and is geared towards innocent drunken fun. It's probably the best club to go to if you want to meet some drunken student type to have sex with. Before 11PM, when the club opens, it's a live music venue.

- Bamboo is exceptionally busy and the music is abysmal (R and B nonsense like Usher is played virtually the entire night) but it has the advantage of cheap drink once you pay to get in. I hate this place as it's impossible to have a conversation with anyone and is like being packed into a sardine can, but if you just want to get drunk and be surrounded by as many young drunk people as possible then maybe you'll enjoy it.

- The Buff Club is a slightly more mature affair (not older - it's full of 20 somethings - just more mature) with a variety of music styles in different rooms. If you don't like dance music, but don't want to go to a club with a load of immature 18 year olds having their first night out on the town (i.e. Bamboo) then this is a good place to go to. This is the club I usually end up at.

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Nice to hear someone talking so positive about a great time out in Glasgow. There have been Posts that pull the place down - in the past.
I love Glasgow - and it's such a wonderful weekend out.
Have a great time.
PS.... If you can find a bar that does "Innis and Gunn" - and you're into real ales, then try their range. You'll find little that beats them, anywhere.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-May-2009, at 09:59 by Redpaddy ]

4. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I noticed that too. We really liked Glasgow and had a great time there. Sounds like BlankFrack has the scoop on lot's of great places to visit!

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

5. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

for eating...

Upmarket Restaurants

- Chardon d'Or is the place to go to if you want fine dining. Superb food with exceptionally high prices. Only been there once and it lived up to expectations, but I was glad I wasn't paying for it!

- Sarti's is the best Italian restaurant in the city, in my opinion (not that I've been to them all as there are a lot). It's not prohibitively expensive, like Chardon d'Or, but more expensive than your average restaurant.

- L'Ariosto is another excellent Italian restaurant. It's almost as good as Sarti's, but the menu is a bit more adventurous so this is a better place to go if you want to try something more interesting.

Scottish Cuisine

- Arisaig is the best place for traditional Scottish cuisine in my opinion. The food is excellent and it's not particularly expensive.

- Crabshakk is an informal "seafood cafe" which has really excellent food. It's more the sort of place you have a light meal in than sit in all night, but it's a great choice if that's what you're after.

Indian Restaurants

- Indian restaurants are all over Glasgow for various historical reasons and the best ones are easily amongst the best restaurants in the city. You can't really go wrong with Mother India which is the most popular for a reason, but the Dakhin in the Merchant City (the South-East corner of the city centre) is a really refined and, for want of a better word, "posh" Indian restaurant which has excellent food.

Kebabs and Unhealthy Takeaway Food

- Bon Appetit is a little bit out of the way (between the city centre and the West End) but is just round the corner from where a lot of the hostels are in the city. The absolute best place to get unhealthy stuff like kebabs - a Chicken Tikka kebab or a vegetable calzone are the best options - and a whole range of dishes involving chips (fries) and cheese - the Chips, Cheese and Chicken Tikka is easily the best. Cheap, unhealthy and delicious.

- If you're around Sauchiehall Street (the biggest street with pubs/bars on it) then you have a choice of Diabolero or Magical (which is easy to find on Sauchiehall street) for your fix of kebabs and whatnot. Diabolero is the best for actual food, but Magical will cook you some of the most preposterously unhealthy things which are worth trying just for the novelty factor. If that's what you're after then ask for a "Munchy Box" (a pizza box full of meat, pakora, chips and numerous other things) or, even more ridiculous, a "Hoagie" which is essentially a whole load of meat, chips, cheese and salad wrapped in a Chapati. It tastes really good if you've been out at pubs/bars all night, but it may give you a heart attack.


- If you're around town and you just want a sandwich then don't go into Subway, go into Greggs which has places dotted all over the city. It's infinitely superior to the likes of Subway and does lovely pastries and pies (try a steak beak).

6. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Art Galleries/Museums

- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the one gallery/museum you should definitely visit. It's an impressive Victorian building and is the only place with a collection of art/natural history which rivals museums in London.

- The Gallery of Modern Art is right in the centre of the city, is free to get into (as almost all museums and galleries are) and always has an interesting exhibition on. It's a good place to spend an hour, particularly if it's raining (not uncommon in Glasgow!)

- The Science Museum is also an excellent museum, particularly for children.

History of the City

- The Tenament House is a house preserved pretty much as it was over a hundred years ago. That sounds pretty boring perhaps, but it's a great place to visit if you're interested in the history of the city - trust me!

- The People's Palace is essentially a museum of the history of Glasgow. If you're genuinely interested in the subject you'll enjoy it, if you're only vaguely interested in it then it might not be for you as it's quite obscure in places.

7. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Ladymacwil


I noticed that too. We really liked Glasgow and had a great time there. Sounds like BlankFrack has the scoop on lot's of great places to visit!

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

Just listing my usual haunts on a night out. ;)