Things to do at night in Glasgow

Glasgow for night-owls

Glasgow is a great UK city break, and a perfect place to soak up some fantastic nightlife. From live music to theatre shows and plenty of clubs, you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Glasgow at night.

  1. Enjoy some pumping live music in Glasgow
  2. Attend an exciting theatre show while you’re in Glasgow
  3. Make the most of Glasgow’s pumping nightlife
  4. Enjoy a comforting meal out in Glasgow
  5. Have a night on the town and go dancing in Glasgow

Take a look at our selection of Glasgow holidays and be inspired. Head to this lively Scottish city for some memorable nightlife, from cosy pubs to fantastic dining experiences.

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1. Enjoy some pumping live music in Glasgow

Glasgow has long had one of the UK’s most exciting music scenes - indeed, it has produced some of the finest UK bands, such as Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream and Mogwai - and on any given night you can catch a raft of top-class gigs at some of the best live music venues in Scotland. Major rock bands appear at Hampden Park and the SSE Hydro. It is said that Oasis were discovered in King Tut’s Wah Wah Club, an excellent cellar club which is still a fantastic place to see up-and- coming bands. Other main venues for music in Glasgow are Òran Mór and the Barrowland Ballroom. The Glasgow International Jazz Festival in June brings in jazz musicians from all over the world. TRNSMT is a three-day music festival attracting the world’s best indie and rock bands to its stages in July each year.

Best for: Music fans

Don’t forget: Broadcast is also a great spot for some live music.

2. Attend an exciting theatre show while you’re in Glasgow

Glasgow’s first-rate theatres put on high-quality productions all year round. The Citizens’ Theatre presents serious drama, with more avant-garde shows at the Tramway and the Tron. More mainstream and family-oriented productions can be seen at King’s Theatre, while Theatre Royal is also known for its musicals. Slightly off the beaten path, Cottiers Theatre is also worth checking out.

Best for: Theatre buffs

Don’t forget: There are plenty of places to catch some live comedy too. Head to the Glee Club Glasgow for a fun night out.

3. Make the most of Glasgow’s pumping nightlife

The liveliest area for nightlife remains the West End, with students mixing with locals around Byres Rd, as well as in the nearby Woodlands and Kelvingrove districts. Argyle Street is also a great choice for a night out, with a broad selection of excellent pubs, restaurants and cafés. There are countless good pubs dotted throughout the city, in fact, with the whisky bars being a particularly worthwhile jaunt. On Hope Street near Glasgow Central Station, The Pot Still is a great option, boasting a bar packed with a couple of hundred bottles of single malt whisky. For those who aren’t connoisseurs, the staff are happy to give recommendations.

Best for: An evening tipple

Don’t forget: Waxy O’Connors is one of the city’s favourite pubs.

4. Enjoy a comforting meal out in Glasgow

One of the best things to do in Glasgow at night is to enjoy a comforting evening meal. You have plenty of choices laid out in the city. Head to The Bothy for a wonderful dining experience. Set in a lovely 1870s stone mansion, this place has a cosy interior and bench seating in the cobbled yard outside. The emphasis here is firmly on Scottish flavours, for example Isle of Arran haggis and beer-battered Scrabster haddock with hand-cut chips and mushy peas. It’s open daily for dinner. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, head to The 13th Note. It serves vegetarian and vegan food with Greek and other Mediterranean influences in one of Glasgow’s hippest restaurants on arty King St. Mains include pan-fried lemongrass and ginger rice cakes in red Thai curry sauce, and a veggie haggis with neeps and tatties.

Best for: Foodies

Don’t forget: Café Gandolfi serves up a wonderful selection of Scottish-inspired dishes, such as Stornoway black pudding.

5. Have a night on the town and go dancing in Glasgow

The city’s clubbing scene is rated among the best in the UK, attracting top international DJs and breeding a good deal of local talent. There’s a thriving underground scene, while, at the other end of the spectrum, some mega-clubs in this designer-label conscious city insist on dress codes. Opening hours hover between 11pm to 3am, though some stay open until 5am. Cover charges vary from around £5 during the week up to £25 at the weekend. Making the most of the city’s nightlife is one of the most fun things to do in Glasgow at night.

Best for: Party travellers

Don’t forget: The Garage Glasgow is said to be the biggest nightclub in the whole of Scotland.

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