DryGate Brewery

This is the only microbrewery in Glasgow’s city centre, but that’s not it’s only selling point. The tap room serves some of the best craft beer in Scotland backdropped by restored roofing, exposed brick walls and painted concrete floors. Head to the brew house to sample the 26 rotating taps while watching the production process take place below. Hungry? Try the haddock fish and hand cut chips, battered in the brewery’s own Drygate Bearface beer.

Rum Shack

Deep in Glasgow’s south side, this Caribbean bar offers more than 100 types of rum. Take your pick and drink it straight or order a cocktail. Dinner options include Jerk chicken, goat curry or chargrilled fish. The club area closes by midnight, so have a wee dance and be home in time for a good night’s kip.

Super Bario

If you haven’t already guessed from its name, this old arcade serves to indulge your 90s nostalgia. Take your pick from pinball machines, Super Mario and Baywatch, The House of the Dead and Ridge Racer to name a few. Most are free to play, and the ones that aren’t are definitely worth a coin or two.

  • 7 King Street
    G1 5QZ

Oran Mor

Set inside a 19th century church, this bar is about as atmospheric – or should we say heavenly? – as it gets. Marvel at the restored building before heading into The Auditorium, where your head will be permanently craning your neck towards the stunning ceiling mural designed by Glasgow-born artist Alasdair Gray. In the evening the venue hosts arts and music events but the pub is best-known for its lunchtime entertainment: A Play, A Pie & A Pint.


Dedicated to the writer Charles Bukowski, Chinaskis is a bourbon bar and cigar garden located in between central Glasgow and the West End. Relax in the candle-lit vibes with a bourbon and some nibbles before heading to the neighbouring Berkeley Suite club.

Hillhead Bookclub

Located in an old cinema, the Hillhead Bookclub makes for the perfect evening out. Play a game of ping pong before heading to its Retro Games Cage, home to more than 40 arcade games and a nintendo. There are loads of cocktails to choose from, some setting you back as little as £. Try the blood orange margarita, a salted caramel white russian or, if it gets to that point in the evening, The Reviver – a buzzing mix of spiced rum, coffee liqueur and espresso.

The Pot Still

Looking for the quintessential Scottish experience? With over 700 malt whiskies, this family-run pub is the place to go for a wee dram. Alternatively, become a pro at one of the pub’s whisky tasting evenings. Pair your tipple with a homemade pie (true lovers of Celtic cuisine will opt for the Haggis, Neeps & Tattie Pie).

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