How to spend 48 hours in Glasgow
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Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Glasgow can deliver a memorable night out. Glasgow has around 1,000 stylish bars and friendly pubs to choose from in the city centre and West End alone. St Andrew’s in the Square, a category A-listed 18th-century church converted into a hub for Scottish culture, is a delightful blend of bars, bistro and performance space. There’s more live music at Blackfriars gastropub in the Merchant City, or cross the road to the stylish Metropolitan cocktail bar in Candleriggs Market, where the cosy but cool Bar 91 is also to be found.
If you fancy a vantage point over the city while you sip, Citation Taverne & Restaurant has a covered first-floor balcony, while, a little further west of George Square, you’ll find the splendidly-refurbished The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel, with a lovely first-floor cocktail bar overlooking the pretty Blythswood Square. For the younger crowd, the area round Sauchiehall and Bath Street offers Rufus T Firefly, Bunker and Driftwood, while Box has live music most nights, with open mic on Tuesdays.
West Brewery is housed in one of the most stunning buildings in Glasgow, the Templeton Carpet Factory out east, at Glasgow Green. A Scots-German venture, West is the only brewery in the UK to produce beer according to German purity laws. Enjoy their pretzels, beer gardens and roaring fires. Also in the east end, the more traditional Tennant’s Wellpark Brewery offers tours and tastings, too, but these should be booked in advance. Nestled next door to the brewing behemoth, though, is the much smaller Drygate Brewing Company.
For a taste of peaty whisky and more Scottish hospitality, spend some time in Dram on Woodlands Road, complete with folk music, great ales and a range of malts. Likewise, the Lismore in Dumbarton Rd offers stained glass and live music while, at the far end of Argyle Street sit two Glasgow stalwarts: Ben Nevis, providing whisky galore in traditional surroundings, and the Park Bar, gathering place of the Glasgow Gaeldom! A visit there ensures you’ll be left with a warm glow, and fond memories of Glasgow, the friendliest of cities.
154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH
The Pot Still is the place to go in Glasgow if you are looking for great whisky, beer and a great atmosphere. The cosy, traditional Scottish bar has over 700 whiskies lining the shelves, so you will be sure to find something you like. If you’re not sure what you want, just ask the fantastic staff top help you out and they will guide you through the gantry to your perfect dram. The pub also has four cask ale taps and a fridge packed with an amazing selection of German beer. Visit website
62 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1PA
For a taste of Spanish splendour, Arta, based in the old Cheesemarket, is modelled on a Majorcan townhouse, with magnificent barrel-vaulted ceiling and dramatic candelabra housing bar, tapas restaurant and nightclub. Visit website
244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT
One of the most revered Glasgow institutions is the Barrowland Ballroom. A popular dance hall since 1934, the ‘Barraland’ is now regularly voted one of the best music venues in the UK – by bands as well as audiences. Getting up close and personal is part of the Barrowland’s appeal. Visit website
44 Ashton Ln, Hillhead, Glasgow G12 8SJ
Head to Innis & Gunn Brewery Taproom, on the very trendy Ashton Lane, for a varied and rotational range of craft beers including its brewery-fresh tank larger, its core beers and several small batch Innis & Gunn creations. You can also find drinks from Scottish and international craft brewers here. Visit website
10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8NU
Out of town in the heart of the West End, The 78 is a small bar and restaurant a stone’s throw from The Finnieston Strip and Kelvingrove Park. With an amazing sun trap out front and an open fire inside, it’s pretty perfect as a year round stop! Hearty food and cask ales are the staple in this homely delight. Visit website
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