Glasgow – Places to eat and drink

CONTENTS

  • Ardnamurchan
  • Waxy O'Connor's
  • At The Willow
  • Cup Tea Lounge
  • The Clutha
  • The Scotia
  • Sloans
  • The Ubiquitous Chip
  • The Wee Pub
  • Cranberries
  • Wetherspoons
  • Lebowskis

ON MY LIST OF PLACES TO TRY AS I'VE HEARD GREAT THINGS

  • Two Fat Ladies At The Buttery
  • Hillhead Book Club
  • Flat 0/1
  • Inn Deep
  • The Horseshoe Bar
  • The Balti Club
  • Mister Singh’s India
  • Platform Under the Arches

VENUES WITH LIVE MUSIC

  • The Glad Cafe
  • Mono
  • Oran Mor
  • St Luke's & The Winged Ox
  • Tchai-Ovna

THEMED BARS

  • The Pot Still 
  • The Root of Magic

ARDNAMURCHAN

325 Hope Street Glasgow G2 3PT

This contemporary Scottish Bar and Restaurant is one of my favorites and I make a point of eating here every time I'm in Glasgow

Casual and easy-going atmosphere but the food is exceptional. They serve Scottish meat and seafood dishes and have a licensed bar serving wine, beer, and cocktails.

My favorites are the seafood dishes and cranachan. 

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WAXY O’CONNORS

44 W George St, Glasgow G2 1DH, United Kingdom

This church-like gothic space is spread over 3 floors with 6 bars. Its gnarled tree branch ceiling and colorful mosaics make it a unique venue and one of my favorite places. It's an award-winning Irish pub and Glasgow's biggest Irish bar. The food is great and the staff are friendly. It's popular so probably a good idea to book.

THE CLUTHA

167 -169 Stockwell Street G1 4SP Glasgow

I haven't been inside this pub but it's one or the next one but they are the ones I want to visit just based on their history. I love the street art murals on the outside. They have live music every night and famous fans include Billy Connolly, Spike Milligan, and Frank Zappa. They were voted one of the top 3 pubs for live music.

 

 

THE SCOTIA 

112 Stockwell St, Glasgow G1 4LW

Across the road from The Clutha is The Scotia, established in 1792 and is one of several pubs which claim to be the oldest in the city. It has a history of radical politics and live music.  They host a pub quiz every Sunday. Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty used to perform here.

 

SLOANS

62 Argyll Arcade, 108 Argyle Street Glasgow G2 8BG  email: info@sloansglasgow.com

We found this pub by accident, it's tucked away down a lane that can be reached from Argyle or Buchanan Street. We spotted the wall mural in the tunnel leading from Argyle street. It's one of Glasgow's oldest bars dating back to 1797 and is a Grade A listed building including the ceramic-tiled entrance and mahogany staircase. There is always something happening there with nude life drawing classes, a ceilidh, Movie nights, a pub quiz, musical bingo, folk nights and the Scottish Macaroni appreciation club, and lots more. You can sit inside or there is a heated and covered cobbled courtyard outside with fairy lights.

 

 

LEBOWSKIS 

1008 Argyle Street Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8XL

A couple of guys, one Dude. The rest is history.

It all started with some pretty superhuman graft from a couple of Dudes in the Finnieston area of Glasgow. These guys grew with the vision to surprise and delight in everything Lebowskis does. As they say, the rest is history!

Lebowski’s opened their doors in 2007 and they are still going strong.

Lebowskis White Russian, now known as The White Ukranian

Simple, classic pub fodder takes pride of place along with White Russians which have had a name change to White

 Ukrainians and great cocktail choice

They serve a range of food - light bites, burgers, hotdogs, loaded tats, and brunch on the weekends

burger from Lebowskis Glasgow

Burgers range from £13.95 to £15.95 and they are good value for money and are the center point of the menu, with names like Jamaican Me Crazy: marinated jerk chicken, mango salsa, pineapple fritters, chili cheese, and pickled pepper.

White Ukrainians from  £6 including their signature drink enjoyed by the Dude himself. Ketel One Vodka, Kaluha Liqueur, and 50/50 milk and cream.

Lwe

Cocktails start at £6.95,  beers from £4.50, Cider from £6.20, and wine from £3.50

Open

  • Thursday to Monday 12 pm to 12 am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 4 pm to 12 am

LEBOWSKIS WEST. Menu: lebowskis.co.uk

THE UBIQUITOUS CHIP

12 Ashton Ln, Hillhead, Glasgow G12 8SJ,

On Ashton Lane at West End, The Wee Pub down Ashton Lane and the Ubiquitous Chip is around the corner. It's one of Glasgow's best restaurants showcasing delicious Scottish ingredients and apparently has one of the best wine cellars in the country. The decor is stunning with lots of greenery and fairy lights. You have to have a reservation to eat there as it is very popular. The food is great.

 

 

The Wee Pub at the Chip or The Wee Whisky Bar

8-12 Ashton Ln, Hillhead, Glasgow G12 8SJ

This is just around the corner from the Ubiquitous Chip you actually walk past it to get to the restaurant. It has to be one of the tiniest bars I've ever been in. They say that it serves more whisky per square foot than any other bar in Scotland. I didn't find it overly friendly but it was pretty empty when we ventured in for a look and we didn't stay. 

 

THE WILLOW TEA ROOMS

97 Buchanan Street Glasgow G1 3HF  ph: 0141 204 5242

Afternoon tea in a charming setting and one of the cheapest in Glasgow and has a long history. The interior of the building was designed by Rennie Mackintosh.

Kate Cranston, the famous  Glasgow Tea Room Entrepreneur, and one of Mackintosh’s biggest supporters was born in her father’s hotel in George Square in 1849. The Cranston family were avid supporters of the temperance movement and Kate’s brother Stuart, who was a tea merchant, is said to have opened the first tea room anywhere. They even have an Alice in Wonderland-inspired afternoon tea. 

There is a Mackintosh giftshop as well and you can

Apparently, there is 3 in Glasgow but this is the only one I've tried

CUP TEA LOUNGE

71 Renfield Street (on the corner of West Regent and Renfield St

An ornate tea room featuring a stunning Victorian tiled interior serving delicious afternoon tea, brunch, and morning tea. They are also licensed and offer a range of cocktails, wines, and spirits if you prefer something stronger. I actually prefer this one to Willow but they are both good. 

 

CRANBERRIES (CAFE)

30 Wilson Street Glasgow G1 1SS UK

I found this cafe on one of my strolls, it's great coffee, and food but it's not on one of the main so it's easy to miss. The food is great again is pretty busy so you may have to wait for a table. 

 

THE WEE TASTY TARDIS.

64 Wilson St, Glasgow G1 1HD

Unfortunately, I think this may have closed but I'm hoping it pops up again when everything gets back to normal.

 

 

WETHERSPOONS

Weatherspoons restaurants are always great food and great value. There are 9 Wetherspoons in Glasgow that I am aware of. There is a Wetherspoons app you can download too. On the app, you can order a meal and drinks and they have a reorder function, pay using Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Paypal, choose from deals including the club nights, find directions and information and you can book a hotel stay with them.

I've eaten at 2 of them THE COUNTING HOUSE near George Square and THE SIR JOHN MOORE I can recommend them. It's my go-to whenever I'm in the UK and usually, I order the Lamb Shank.

The other options are The Crystal Palace on Jamaica Street, The Society Room on West George Street, The Henglers Circus on Sauchiehall Street, and there are a few others in the outer suburbs. I've not personally tried any of these but I'm sure they are all just as good.

THE COUNTING-HOUSE

2 St Vincent Pl, Glasgow G1 2DH, 

Housed in a grand Victorian building in the Italian Renaissance style, with an ornate dome ceiling, was formerly a Bank of Scotland and the vaults are now used as seating areas. The building was designed from 1867 to 1870. Like all Weatherspoons, it's family-friendly with great food and drinks at a really great price. There is a lot of the history in frames around the bank of both the building and Glasgow which is really interesting.

THE SIR JOHN MOORE

260-292 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8QW,

This is named after the Glasgow-born soldier Sir John Moore, whose likeness was cast from brass cannons and sits in George Square. Like all Wetherspoons, this is a family-friendly pub with great food and drink at very reasonable prices

 

ON MY LIST OF PLACES TO TRY AS I'VE HEARD GREAT THINGS

BREAD MEATS BREAD

I definitely want to check this place out. They are the winner of Scotland’s Best Burger of 2016 & 2018 Glasgow’s Best Burger 2015 & 2016 - People’s Choice Award -by a landslide vote & Glasgow Best Rebel Burger of 2015. We are Yelp’s ‘Top Place to Eat in Glasgow” 2016- the highest placed Glasgow eatery in the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the UK 2016.” And Uber Eats Restaurant of the Year 2022 finalist - the winner had yet to be decided when I wrote this.

There are two locations in Glasgow -

Bread Meats Bread City Centre -65 St Vincent Street, Glasgow,  G2 5TF

Bread Meats Bread Glasgow Fort -90 Provan Walk, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, Glasgow,  G34 9DL

Burger prices are from 10 to 16 and the selection is huge. They are licensed too so you can have a beer, wine, cider, or even a cocktail with your meal. If you prefer something nonalcoholic they have soft drinks, milkshakes, tea, and coffee.

Check out the menu here.

 

Bread Meats Bread Burgher

 

Old-school dark timber and tartan, cozy atmosphere, and the creative, upscale menu emphasizing seafood is much recommended.

  • 2 courses. £25
  • courses £30

OPEN

  • Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 2.30pm, 5 - 5.45pm
  • Saturday 12 - 2.30pm
  • Sunday 12 - 5.45pm
  • HILLHEAD BOOKCLUB 

17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8SJ

The venue used to be a beautiful and grandiose 1900’S cinema called The Salon that was built in 1913. It's now an equally beautiful bar with cocktails, ping pong, retro computer games, vintage fairs, and bingo. This is the link to their Facebook page. 

162 Bath St Glasgow    0141 331 6227

This hidden basement bar is designed to look like a scruffy party flat. Not sure if this one is my cup of tea or not but it would be worth a look as it sounds so different. 

They advertise -Round at our gaff, we’ve always got an empty and we’re up for a party! We invite you to come over, drink some of the finest bevy the Offie round the corner has to offer, get cosy on the couch and immerse yourself in audio pleasure from a selection of Glasgow’s finest DJs. Based on the reviews the drinks are cheap and atmosphere is great but it gets pretty crowded.

445 Great Western Road, Kelvinbridge Glasgow,

Inn Deep is a craft beer hall housed under arches beside the river; they serve hundreds of quirky beers, including Williams Bros spruce and pine ale.

111 Hope Street, Glasgow    https://www.adlibglasgow.com/

Known as ‘Glasgow's favorite burger place’ it’s got to be worth a try. It definitely has an American dinner theme to it including a life-size Marilyn Monroe statue.  They have a great menu of burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, tacos, and steaks, all served with grilled corn, filthy fries, or guac.

 

Then wrap up with one of their fresh ice cream milkshakes or homemade fruit pies.

The concept is simple: choose from one of three burgers (dry aged steak, southern fried chicken, or curried potato and chickpea) and then “ad lib” it with any of the 12 toppings on offer.

Burger prices range from 9 to 14 GBP with the ad-libs from 1 GBP. Fries for 7.50, a bucket of ribs, fish for 16, or salads start at 6 gbp.

There are also plenty of vegetarian and vegan toppings, as well as the choice of a gluten-free or dairy-free burger bun.

The homemade sundaes are 6 GBP or a waffle cone for 3 to finish off the meal.

Open Sunday-Thursday, 12 pm-11 pm, and Friday and Saturday until 3 am

Check out the menu here.

If you are up for a challenge you could try to consume their monster burger!

Ad Lib's monster burger

Top of, Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX,

This is another one I want to try, it’s a theatre, restaurant, entertainment, and music venue. From 1862 to 1978 the building was the Kelvinside Parish Church before being converted into the current venue in 2004. This is their Facebook Page link 

17-19 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AE

The ornate, Victorian Horseshoe Bar on Drury Street is officially the longest bar in Britain; it's an impressive 104 feet and three inches long. The pints are fairly cheap too. This is their Facebook Page Link. 

 66 Woodlands Road Glasgow.  Tel: 0141-3325495 

Indian takeaway with good reviews. This is their Facebook Page

  You can sample brie and spinach pakora or mozzarella and cashew nut pakora

149 Elderslie St, Glasgow G3 7JR, 

Indian Spices and Fragrances mixed with Scottish produce in modest rooms hung with Asian art. I saw Tony Singh on the Men in Kilts TV series and his food looked so good, that it's on my list to try next visit.

253 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL, 

I'm yet to visit this one either but it sounds great. It's a street food market which I always loved. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday it brings together some of the top independent food outlets so you can try their wares. They even have a licensed cocktail bar. It has great reviews.

1052 Pollokshaws Road Shawlands Glasgow G41 3EB

An artisan cheese, wine, and deli shop, offering charcuterie, baked goods, craft beers, hampers, and more from specialty producers located across Scotland and beyond.

They make a Grilled cheese sandwich with baked sourdough and the finest cheeses and accompaniments.  Definitely not your average grilled cheese toastie.

This is the menu

IF YOU LIKE PLACES TO EAT WITH LIVE MUSIC

1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG

Bohemian all-day cafe with evening sharing plates, live music, films, poetry, and arts events.

12 Kings Court, King St, Glasgow G1 5RB

Versatile bar with an airy open feel, music at its heart, and a menu of vegetarian and vegan food.

(formally a church) - Top of, Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX

A Theatre, restaurant, entertainment, and music venue.

Bain St, Glasgow G40 2JZ

Lively eatery serving up burgers, pizza, and pub grub staples plus live music beers, and cocktails.

42 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB

Scots love a good cup of tea, and few places offer more variety than Tchai-Ovna. This charming, slightly ramshackle little cafe is housed in a former 19th-century stable, tucked into a cobbled lane in the city’s West End. In addition to over 80 varieties of tasty leaf tea, they serve delicious vegan and vegetarian food and also host live music three or four times a week. This is the Facebook link. 

BARS - WHISKY OR THEMED

154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH

Glasgow’s whisky mecca, a place where - if you believe the legends - connoisseurs fly in from far and wide to visit. Sitting slap bang in the city center, they have literally hundreds of malts in stock, from old favorites to the rarest of rarities. This is their Facebook Link.

14/110 Hope Street Glasgow

Harry Potter-themed bar, coffee shop, and cocktail/potion classes.

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