Clubs & late night bars
Clubs & late night bars
Glasgow is known worldwide for being one of the UK’s best cities for nightlife. Experience everything from techno in warehouses, disco in dive bars and LGBTQ+ anthems in 150-year-old stunning buildings.
Clubs in Glasgow
Sub Club is the longest-running underground dance club in the world and this year celebrates its 35th Anniversary. Despite its size, it is regularly voted amongst the best clubs in the world. With the likes of John Digweed, Erol Alkan and The Black Madonna among those who have played, it’s no wonder why. It's also venue where Scotland's most famous and influential club night started out - Optimo. The 2 DJs behind Optimo continue to tour and release music with this year marking their 25th anniversary year.
Visit subclub.co.uk for full listings and follow Optimo DJ Twitch on Twitter for details on upcoming club nights.
The Berkeley Suite
The Berkeley Suite
Nestled in Charing Cross, behind a pawn shop sign, you’ll find The Berkeley Suite. Stylish and intimate, the club hosts cutting-edge DJs from across the globe, with electronica, disco, punk, house and techno on offer every week. Follow The Berkeley Suite’s Instagram for what’s on.
Scotland’s biggest nightclub can be found on Sauchiehall Street. A favourite with students, The Garage runs 7 club nights a week, with genres ranging from chart-toppers to indie. Visit garageglasgow.co.uk for more info.
For warehouse vibes with sustainability at its core, visit SWG3 in the west end. You'll find every genre imaginable, from the biggest names in dance to an ABBA disco. Following their BODYHEAT project at COP26, SWG3 has committed to becoming a net zero venue by 2025. Visit swg3.tv for full listings.
La Cheetah is situated in the basement of Max's in Glasgow's Merchant City. The venue is small and the punters are serious about music. For some of the biggest names in electronic music in an intimate environment with an inclusive atmosphere, head to La Cheetah. Visit lacheetahclub.co.uk for what's on.
If vintage funk, soul and disco are your vibe, head to the Buff Club, hidden away in the back lanes of Glasgow city centre. Climb the stairs, lined with flocked wallpaper, and you’ll find a laid-back, cool and friendly crowd, dancing the night away under the spinning mirror ball. Visit thebuffclub.com for more info.
Cathouse Rock Club
Just beside Central Station, you’ll find the Cathouse Rock Club, an institution in Glasgow for those seeking an alternative night out with a like-minded crowd. Known as ‘the Catty’ to locals, its club nights have been blasting everything from power age rock, metal and screamo since 1990. Visit cathouse.co.uk for full listings.
The Corinthian Club
If you're looking for a more sophisticated night on the town, look no further than The Corinthian Club. Housed in one of Glasgow's most impressive buildings, you'll find a casino, restaurants, bars and clubs spread over 5 floors. Visit thecorinthianclub.co.uk for what's on.
Late night bars
Nice N Sleazy
There's a notoriously long waiting list to become a staff member at the city’s most hipster of hangouts, Nice N Sleazy. Expect to see stars of Glasgow’s indie scene enjoying a pint, and head downstairs for a relaxed dive bar vibe where bands and club nights are on until 3am. Visit nicensleazy.com for more info.
For hearty food and drink in a rock bar with the comfort of leather pouffes and armchairs, look no further than Slouch on Bath St. Open until 3am every night of the week, serving food until 2am, with plenty of live music. Visit slouch-bar.co.uk for more info.
The Howlin' Wolf
This bar, kitchen and juke joint hosts live blues every night of the week, with table service from their American Whiskey Bar. If you want to stay up late but don’t fancy a club, it’s open every night until 3am, with food served until 2am. Visit thehowlinwolf.co.uk for what's on.
This independent basement punk bar provides an unpretentious and relaxed environment for a late-night drink. With a strictly "no pigeonhole" music policy, bands and DJs perform every night of the week. Open until 1am during the week and 3am at the weekends. Visit bloc.ru for more info.
If you’re after a quieter late-night drink where you can put the world to rights, Òran Mór’s Whisky Bar is the ideal setting. A former church, the venue itself is stunning and truly unique, situated in the heart of Glasgow's west end. Visit oran-mor.co.uk for more info.
Hide & Seek
A new addition to Glasgow’s after-hours scene, Hide & Seek is a late-night bar, kitchen and treehouse. Open until 3am every night, you can enjoy delicious cocktails alongside tunes from underground Glasgow DJs like Jay Celino and Josh Kilimanjaro. Follow Hide & Seek’s Instagram for what's on.
Radisson Red Sky Bar
Party with panoramic views across the city and River Clyde at Radisson Red Sky Bar in Finnieston. Enjoy cocktails in their stylish bar while resident DJs provide the tunes, every weekend from 9pm. Visit redskybar.com to find out more.
LGBTQ+ bars and clubs
An institution in Glasgow, The Polo Lounge has won the Best Gay Bar award on many occasions. With music catering to all tastes and a lavish interior, it’s one of the most stylish bars and clubs in the country. Visit pologlasgow.co.uk for what's on.
Quirky gay bar, Speakeasy, is a plush hidden haunt that takes you on a journey back in time and mixes it with modern influences. Its camp tunes are perfect for your pre-club session, anything goes and everyone is welcome. Follow Speakeasy’s Instagram for more info.
The Riding Room
For something a little different, make your way to The Riding Rooms, just around the corner from Polo Lounge. You can expect to see all manner of quirky thrills on the stage throughout the week – from risqué comedy and burlesque shows. Visit theridingroom.co.uk for more info.
As one of the longest established gay bars, Delmonicas or Dels as the locals know it is guaranteed to have a bustling crowd on almost any night of the week. You can even belt out your favourite tunes in a private karaoke booth. Visit delmonicas.co.uk for what's on.
Nearby in Merchant City, AXM hosts legendary Drag Race Queens and is known for bringing the party to Glasgow’s LGBTQ+ scene. Visit AXM’s Instagram for full listings.
A bar during the day turned club at night, this queer venue in Saltmarket is a profit-sharing co-operative. Expect DJs spinning tunes for all tastes, from techno to punk, with a bit of karaoke thrown in too. Follow Bonjour on Instagram for more info.
From drag and cabaret to karaoke, you can find it all at Katie’s Bar. Located in the Merchant City's Italian Centre, there's entertainment every night of the week until midnight, making it the ideal drinking spot before a big night out. Visit katiesbar.co.uk for what's on.
Article last updated: July 2022