Finnieston frequently tops lists for the 'hippest' and 'coolest' neighbourhoods in the UK and Europe. And we couldn't agree more!
Top restaurants and bars
Things to see and do
Set by the River Clyde, Finnieston is nestled between the city centre and west end. It has seen a great rise in popularity in the recent decade, becoming the place to go for amazing dining and entertainment. It frequently tops polls of 'hippest areas' and was recently named the 3rd coolest neighbourhood in the UK by The Telegraph (Dec, 2022), which described the area as "go-to hipster hub". As well as this edgy energy, Finnieston also happens to be home to 2 of the city's top visitor attractions, located on either side of the River Clyde.
One of the best visitor attractions for families in the country is the Glasgow Science Centre, with 4 floors of interactive fun and displays. Find out what is on at glasgowsciencecentre.org, which is also home to a Planetarium, IMAX and tower with amazing city views.
On the opposite side of the river, and for a very different audience, is the Clydeside Distillery. Book a tour at theclydeside.com and find out about the history of whisky, see craftsmen at work and enjoy samples. Plus, the riverside views overlooking modern architecture are stunning.
- The Hidden Lane is a community of artists, designers and musicians, where you can pick up unique Glasgow-made products. The lane also attracts influencers due to its 'Instagrammable' colourful buildings. Visit the Hidden Lane website for the full list of creators and traders.
- A statue of Charles Rennie Mackintosh sitting proudly on the Argyle Chair was designed by Glaswegian sculptor, Andy Scott, creator of the famous Scottish Kelpies. The statue can be found on the corner of Argyle Street and Elliot Street.
Top places for food and drink
There are too many amazing wining and dining options to mention. If looking for Scottish fine dining, cutting edge street food or a traditional bar, then Finnieston has got you covered.
- Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Ox and Finch, serves up sharing plates. Visit Ox and Finch's website to book.
- The Gannet is Scottish fine dining at its best. Visit thegannetgla.com to book.
- Seafood lovers are spoilt for choice with The Finnieston and Crabbshakk. Visit thefinniestonbar.com and check out crabshakk.co.uk for mouth-watering menus.
- Finnieston is home to the original Six by Nico with its unique concept of serving 6 courses from a themed menu that changes every 6 weeks. Visit Six by Nico's website to find out the current theme.
- Gloriosa is the latest venture from Ottolenghi-trained chef Rosie Healy, serving Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Visit gloriosaglasgow.com to book.
Looking for more casual drinking and dining options? Dockyard Social is a street food market, which also has live music, DJs and entertainment each weekend. Visit dockyardsocial.com for dates of markets.
The Finnieston Food Market serves up all manner of tasty treats on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Follow the Finnieston Food Market on Instagram to see which vendors are serving.
Finneston is also where some of the city's top traditional Scottish pubs are found. The 'Highland Triangle' of The Ben Nevis Bar, The Islay Inn and The Park Bar are known for their whisky selections, live music and lively locals. Visit our bars with free live music page for more details on each.
Music, arts and entertainment
For the biggest superstars in the world, the OVO Hydro is the place to go. This landmark building on the Glasgow skyline continually makes the list of top 5 busiest arenas in the world with the likes of Beyoncé, Adele and Elton John having performed. It also acts a multi-purpose venue, hosting majoring sporting and special events.
Sister venue, the SEC Armadillo is a stylish seated-auditorium, which programmes a year round line-up of events, talks and musicians. Visit the SEC Campus website for details on each of these venues and future events.
SWG3 is one of Scotland's most interesting venues and spaces. This former warehouse on the banks of the River Clyde has been transformed into a series of atmospheric spaces alive with culture. Expect club nights, after-show parties, street food, art, design, fairs and more. Yardlife, an urban art gallery for graffiti and street art, is one of the latest additions to the ever-evolving venue.
SWG3 is also world-leading in terms of sustainability, devising a new system where they use the body heat from clubbers to power the building. Visit swg3.tv to find out more.
The Red Sky Bar at Radisson Red Hotel is a great place for pre and post gig partying. DJs perform at the weekends, providing a great spot with stunning views overlooking the River Clyde. Find out more about this rooftop bar at redskybar.com.
Article last updated: August 2023