When it's a little chilly outside, what better way to warm up than to find a cosy, welcoming pub where you can spend time with friends or indulge in a quiet pit stop during your visit to the city. Here is our list of some of the cosiest pubs to visit in Glasgow.
Built on the site of an old monastery and tucked away down a lane in Glasgow's Merchant City, Babbity Bowster is a laid back, friendly bar and restaurant where you can enjoy your own company or a conversation with fellow visitors and locals in its cosy surroundings. Recently voted as Town Pub of the Year 2020 by the Good Pub Guide, Babbity Bowster has a big focus on traditional Scottish food and a great selection of beers, ales and wine. This is a homely pub where you can easily while away the hours, often in the comfort of some live traditional folk music.
Famed for their Sunday roasts and tasty food, The Drake is a popular gastropub in the West neighbourhood of Glasgow. Independently run, with a quirky layout, exposed stone walls, an open fire and seating adorned with luxurious Harris Tweed, this pub oozes cosiness.
A snug, candle-lit bar named after writer Charles Bukowski, Chinaski’s has a trendy feel. Found at Charing Cross, which is roughly halfway between the City Centre and West neighbourhoods, Chinaski’s serves some tasty food and has a beer garden complete with a canopy and patio heaters to enjoy crisp, autumnal evenings alfresco.
On the same street as Chinaski’s is The Bon Accord, a cosy real ale pub stocking over 900 beers from around the world and 500 whiskies. With such choice, it’s no surprise that it has been voted as Glasgow’s Bar of the Year several times by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and Whisky Pub of the Year 2020 by the Good Pub Guide. The Victorian interior, friendly regulars and tasty food complete the homely, welcoming atmosphere in the Bon Accord.
From the tartan carpets and football scarves to the saltires and signs in Scottish Gaelic, The Park Bar is a traditional Scottish pub with a cosy Highland feel. With live music every Thursday – Sunday evening, it tends to be bustling most weekends and is a great place to head to if you’d like to share a dram of whisky with the locals. The Park Bar is also said to be part of the ‘Highland triangle’ due to having a handful of traditional Scottish pubs close by, including the Ben Nevis and the Snaffle Bit.
Situated in the heart of the city's shopping district, Sloans is one of Glasgow's most stunning and impressive venues set over three floors. With a claim to being the oldest pub in Glasgow, the interior is packed with period features, polished wood and Victorian tiles. There are Kelburn ales on draught to bolster the line-up of regular lagers, an impressive selection of Scottish gins and a good clutch of single malts. Or if you’d like to join in a traditional Scottish ceilidh, Sloan’s host one every Friday night!
Housed in the former Kelvinside Parish Church, the Whisky Bar at Òran Mór is a welcoming pit stop in the heart of the city’s bustling West neighbourhood. Enjoy something to drink or eat in this charming space and keep an eye out for the paintings on display which depict the Robert Burns poem Tam O’Shanter, crafted by Scottish artist Nichol Wheatley.
The Belle is a welcome haven in a quiet stretch of Great Western Road. The roaring fire and dog-friendly attitude makes for a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a pint. A cosy little bar with bags of character, it has the feel of a country pub in the city's bustling West neighbourhood.
A unique Scottish bar and restaurant housed within the elegant decor of a renovated church, Cottiers is known for its laid back vibe, character and good food. Its unusual setting and cosy open fire makes it the perfect place to spend a chilly afternoon. The adjoining Cottiers Theatre also offers an intimate venue for live music, theatre and a variety of events.
Named from an old Scottish word meaning ‘to wander aimlessly with intent’, Stravaigin brings Scottish produce together with global ideas and influence, and showcases an eclectic, exciting menu, even for those who’ve dined there for 25 years! The bar is always brimming with locals, and has a warming atmosphere to enjoy a tipple or two.
Situated in the iconic Templeton Building on Glasgow Green, WEST on the Green is a beerhall-style bar and restaurant which successfully combines German and Scottish beer and cuisine, as well as it's very own working brewery. It's a place that can host large parties and also has quiet corners for you to enjoy on your own, with friends or even your four legged friend.
Sharing its name with its address, 226 Gallowgate is a bar and restaurant situated in Glasgow’s East neighbourhood, right next door to the renowned music venue, the Barrowland Ballroom. Having undergone an extensive restoration and opened in 2019, the venue contains some unique original features which gives a cosiness and charm. From the old tenement stairs visible above the bar, to the stripped back walls and the piano in the corner, there is a lovely nod to the past and present in this friendly pub.
With over 700 whiskies to choose from at The Pot Still, this is one Glasgow pub which is sure to leave you feeling cosy inside and out. With so much choice, you’ll be glad to hear that expertly trained, friendly staff are on hand to give you some recommendations.
A lovely spot to while away an evening with friends, The Lismore has become an institution of the Partick area in Glasgow’s West neighbourhood. With regular toe-tapping live music sessions and traditional décor with a nod to Highland culture, The Lismore has a village pub feel despite its city surroundings.
Robert Hall, ‘The Glasgow Glutton’, was a resident of Glasgow’s Merchant City in the 19th century and as his nickname suggests, was a man who seriously loved his food. Rab Ha’s restaurant keeps his spirit alive with a simply satisfying Scottish menu while the cosy, rustic bar serves a large range of beers and lagers from around the world.
A stone’s throw from trendy Strathbungo in Glasgow’s South neighbourhood, The Allison Arms is a lively, community pub which is enjoyed by all kinds of folk and is dog friendly too. With a fantastic selection of craft beer, over 160 gins and weekly entertainment, this friendly bar will leave you with the deep sense of cosiness that a local pub brings.
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Article last updated: October, 2019