Scotland has a rich drinking culture as one can see from its countless pubs scattered all across the country. Glasgow’s pub culture needs no introduction as it remains an integral part of the old and young generations. From gastro faves to whiskey haunts, real ale hubs to Irish hideaways, this city is bursting at the seams with speakeasies and watering-holes, each with their own unique ambience and features. Here’s a list of Glasgow top 10 pubs –
This is an inviting, spacious pub with a cosy fireplace and the best American craft and European lagers on tap. Although not cheap, The Belle offers only the highest quality of beers rarely seen on draft in Glasgow.
Location-617 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HX, United Kingdom.
Opening hours -Sun – Sat 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- Brooklyn Lager
Nearby attractions- Kibble Palace, Hunterian Art Gallery.
Contact- +44 141 339 2299
Kitty O’Shea’s Glasgow oozes Irish hospitality, from the 11 beers available on tap to the warming menu of comfort food classics. Your favourite pub snacks like hot-dogs, pizzas, sandwiches and burgers satisfy every punter looking to have a good time and a good meal. There’s even a whiskey bar for patrons looking to dabble in some stronger liquor.
Location- 15 Waterloo St, Glasgow G2 6AY, United Kingdom
Opening hours – Sun – Sat 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- A chilled pint of Guinness.
Nearby attractions- The Arches, Egyptian Halls.
Contact- +44 141 564 8100
Often dubbed as “the pub for conversation”, The Doublet bar Glasgow has a charismatic ambience that gives you a warm homely feeling. Run by the Don family since 1961, this pub has a patronage of all ages from students to hipsters to silver-haired gents.
Location- 74 Park Rd, Glasgow G4 9JF, United Kingdom
Opening hours – Sun – Sat 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- Malt whiskies
Nearby attractions-The Stand Comedy Club, Hunterian Museum.
Contact- +44 141 334 1982
The Sparkle Horse
Titled after the late Mark Linkous’s American indie rock band, this is a family-friendly, community-spirited hangout with music at its heart. The food here is simple, unfussy and highly recommended. Since its change in management in 2012, Sparkle Horse Glasgow has now become a much more relaxed, worldlier, welcoming yet simple pub-restaurant.
Location- Dowanhill St, Partick, Glasgow G11 5QR, United Kingdom
- Sun – Tues 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
- Wed – Sat 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- Draught beers.
Nearby attractions- Kelvin Hall, Cottiers Theatre
Contact- +44 141 562 3175
WEST On The Green
Why drink beer in a pub when you can go straight to the source? West, ironically in the East End of Glasgow. It is a beer garden, restaurant and brewery all rolled into one, in the stunning Templeton Carpet factory building. You’ll find an array of people from beer buffs to tourists, here to sample West’s extensive beer menu.
Location- Green, Templeton Business Centre, Templeton St, Glasgow G40 1AW, United Kingdom
- Sun – Thurs 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- St Mungo brew.
Nearby attractions- Glasgow Women’s Library, Barrowland Ballroom.
Contact- +44 141 550 0135
From its bunker-like structure to the font used on its signage, The Laurieston pub is precisely the kind of pub that takes you back to the 1960s. Not far from the O2 Academy nor Sub Club music venue, the Laurieston’s crowd is much more diverse in age than one would imagine.
Location- 58 Bridge St, Glasgow G5 9HU, United Kingdom.
- Mon-Sat 11 AM -11 PM
- Sun 12.30 PM – 11 PM.
Best drink to try- Fyne Ales from Argyll.
Nearby attractions- St Andrew’s Cathedral Glasgow, Buchanan Street.
Contact- +44 141 429 4528
A pub-restaurant, brasserie, music venue, theatre, nightclub, Òran Mór wears many hats. But what it’s most famous for is being a tastefully done up pub adorned with an Alasdair Gray mural, one of the largest pieces of public art in Scotland. This multi-purpose venue is a place where you can eat, drink, dance, catch theatre shows and more.
Pro tip – Look for the halo-topped steeple.
Location-Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX, United Kingdom.
- Mon – Wed 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM
- Thurs – Sun 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Best drink to try- Anything from their whiskey bar!
Nearby attractions-The Mackintosh House, Hunterian Museum.
Contact- +44 141 357 6200
Opened in 1996, The Lismore Glasgow has built up and maintained a faithful and mixed clientele – from hardy silver-haired drinkers getting a swig of their whiskies to students enjoying better-than-average prices. There are regular folk music sessions every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening at this pub, as well as an open-mic night every Thursday.
Location- 206 Dumbarton Rd, Partick, Glasgow G11 6UN, United Kingdom
Opening hours – Sun – Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- Hauf an’ a hauf.
Nearby attractions- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
Phone- +44 141 576 0102
Bon Accord keeps things simple. A traditional pub with truly great beer, an excellent whisky selection and some excellent bar food. This Scottish ale house sells an astounding 800 different beers a year. Their Wednesday Quiz nights has gotten really popular among locals in the area.
Location- 153 North St, Glasgow G3 7DA, United Kingdom
- Mon – Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
- Sun 12.30 PM – 12 AM
Best drink to try- Any of their well-kept cask ale
Nearby attractions- The Tenement House, Mitchell Library.
Phone +44 141 248 4427
The Horseshoe Bar
Its roots can be traced back to 1846 when William Turnbull, a local spirits dealer, moved into the premises. This place never has a dull moment as you’ll find revellers throng this pub as early as 6 pm. Celebrities such as Deacon Blue, Billy Joel, Oliver Reed, Peter Mullen and Billy Connolly have all had a pint in this pub.
Location- 17-19 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AE, United Kingdom
Opening hours – Sun – Sat 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Best drink to try- Cold gin.
Nearby attractions- Leiper Fine Art, Citizen Firefighter.
Phone- +44 141 248 6368