Best Pubs in Glasgow
Scotland’s second city is a hotbed for traditional drinking hotspots and lively bars that you simply can’t afford to miss!
That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best pubs in Glasgow city centre you should consider trying. Whether you’re looking for one of the city’s famous whisky bars, somewhere to discover you next favourite craft beer or a pub with character & charm, this city has it all. With so many pubs in Glasgow city centre to choose from, we’ve compiled this list to help you get around the confusion!
1. The Pot Still
A staple in the Glasgow pub scene since 1867, this traditional Scottish bar is a hotspot for all things whisky.
Winning multiple awards for its selection of the spirit, you will have over 700 different varieties to choose from if you’re looking to stop off here for a drink or two.
Located right in the heart of the city centre and being just a short walk away from Glasgow central railway station, there’s never a bad time to pop into this popular pub if you’re out and about in the area.
2. The Drum & Monkey
Built in the 1920s and a former bank building, this stunning American-style art deco pub is something to marvel at as you get sat down to enjoy one of the many drinks on offer here.
Being part of the Nicholson’s Pubs chain, this is the place to head to in the city for mouth-watering pies, the chain’s speciality. Not only is this venue conveniently located close to all the major landmarks in Glasgow city centre, but you’ll also find the drink prices to be more than agreeable! You'll probably need somewhere to go with great breakfast options, here are the best breakfast in Glasgow.
3. The Horseshoe Bar
At the heart of the city centre is the well-known and much loved Horseshoe Bar Glasgow. Boasting a huge Victorian bar that stands just over 100ft long, it’s the longest bar anywhere in Europe!
Specialising in delicious and locally-sourced beers as well as traditional pub grub food, this pub also hosts live sporting events on its large TV screens and even has a regular karaoke night in the lounge upstairs. If you find yourself looking for a unique and exciting new place to enjoy a pint then this should be near the top of your list.
4. Waxy O'Connor's
A bar unlike any other in the whole city, Waxy O’Connor’s Glasgow is a marvel in itself. The interior of this pub is done completely in the wooden, church-like Gothic style.
Spread out across three floors, you will even find a whopping six bars to order your drinks from throughout the stunning venue. It is also located right in front of Glasgow Queen Street station on the corner with Buchanan Street, one of the city’s major shopping streets.
So if you’re spending a few pennies or just browsing the shops, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t witness this fantastic pub and enjoy a drink or two here.
5. Grace's Irish Sports Bar
For all you fans of live sports and great Irish craic out there, Grace's Irish Sports Bar Glasgow is the top spot to make your way to on a night out in Glasgow.
Whether you prefer American IPA’s, stout, porter, wheat beer or anything in between, this pub will have something awesome for you to try if you happen to check the place out.
Aside from the vast range of beers on offer, this pub also has sizeable menus for light bites and main meals that’re both delicious and very budget-friendly! Make sure you visit one of the best clubs in Glasgow after your trip to the pubs.
6. Bon Accord
Another hotspot for all you whisky drinkers out there, Bon Accord Glasgow triples up as both an ale bar, a malt whiskey bar and a whisky shop all in one establishment!
Winners of the National Independent Pub category for the Best Bar None Scotland award in 2015, there’s not many places that are as well respected as this pub!
Not only do they help organise the Glasgow Whisky Festival, but they also stock over 400 varieties of whisky and get through around 800 different varieties of real ale in a year! Have a read through some of the best pubs in Belfast.
7. The State Bar
Originally opening in 1905, State Bar Glasgow is a well-loved pub in the heart of the city that also doubles up as Scotland’s longest running comedy club.
Twice winners of CAMRA’s Glasgow Pub of the Year (2016 & 2018), you might even find your new favourite real ale here with a great selection on offer! The bar’s downstairs room is also famous for its weekend stand-up comedy nights, which have seen some of the biggest names in the industry perform here over the years!
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8. Shilling Brewing Company
Known for being pioneers in the craft beer scene, this pub was actually one of the first in the city to serve its beer straight from the tanks! Not only is there a fantastic range of beers on offer, but all of them are actually brewed right there in the same building.
As with many micro-brewery pubs, the bar’s rotational beers often feature experimentation brews and flavours you’ve never thought to try before. Like their beer, the bar also makes its own pizza on-site… which also go perfectly with the drinks!
9. Committee Room No. 9
A modern and spacious pub with a minimal yet classy style, Committee Room 9 Glasgow is a huge venue situated in a grand building in the heart of Glasgow. This is the perfect all-day pub with epic food menus for lunch and dinner.
With a buzzing atmosphere, it’s also a great place to enjoy live sports as it features large TV screens throughout the venue. As well as the brilliant selection of drinks, there’s also live music on certain nights of the week and regular weekend DJ sets until the early hours.
10. Òran Mór
Situated at the heart of Glasgow’s West End, this amazing venue is located within the former Kelvinside Parish Church.
Both a whisky bar, restaurant and nightclub all bundled into one, this is a place you can stop by at any point in the day, staying open throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning.
With live music and comedy events happening regularly, it would be worth checking out what’s in store here if you’re thinking of stopping by to see what it’s all about!
11. The Brass Monkey
Located at the end of the vibrant and arty area of Finnieston is The Brass Monkey Glasgow, a popular pre-gig pub that’s also a great place to start your big night out in the city.
Noted for being a popular hotspot on weekday evenings and weekends, this could also be a great starting point for exploring what other cool bars are dotted around this neighbourhood!
As you’d expect to find, this pub stocks a great wine selection, amazing craft beers and regular live TV sports.
12. Tabac Glasgow
The perfect speakeasy-style bar with a classy atmosphere, Tabac is a modern and stylish pub that you should definitely check out if you’re looking for an excellent range of craft beers all under one roof!
With a rustic and vintage charm, Tabac has a warm atmosphere that will make you feel welcome straight away. Serving from midday ‘til midnight, you can also find a well-packed menu of tasty dishes and even tastier cocktails.
13. Cairns Bar
A no-nonsense pub on the doorstep of Argyle Street station, Cairns Bar guarantees a good pint, great food and live sports every day of the week! Operated by Belhaven, Scotland’s oldest brewery still in operation, this pub stocks a great selection of classic Scottish beers as well as plenty more from across the UK.
Being right next to Argyle Street, on one of the city’s biggest shopping streets, this is a great place to stop off for a drink or two if you find yourselves browsing the shops in the area.
Known for being a lively hotspot for Celtic FC fans and a great place for live music on weekends, McChuills Glasgow is a great place to stop by on a night out.
Situated on the High Street, this bar sits on the edge of the city centre but remains in the lively Merchant City area known for its great bars. For a bar with charm and a buzzing atmosphere that’s next to none, this is the pub to go to!
15. The Piper Whisky Bar
Specialising in Scotland’s favourite tipple, Piper Whisky Bar Glasgow is a hotspot for… you guessed it: Whisky! Whether it’s Glengoyne or Glenfiddich, you’ll find a huge selection of Scottish malt whiskies to try at the bar.
With beers from all over Europe and the rest of the UK as well as world-renowned gins, you won’t find it difficult to find your new favourite drink here if you pop in for a few!
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