Finnieston has maintained its sense of community even with new establishments continually opening, contributing to the neighbourhood’s distinctive character in Glasgow, and making it well worth a visit while you’re here.
So why not dive straight into discovering Finnieston’s food with the award winners? Those who love their steaks will enjoy a night at Porter & Rye with its dry-aged beef and inventive cocktails, or if seafood is more your thing, book a table at Crabshakk for a simple and delicious menu full of freshly caught produce from the Western Isles of Scotland. Ox and Finch offers beautifully presented small plates for sharing, packed full of flavour and colour. Fine diners will find The Gannet a must visit, with its stylish contemporary Scottish menu consistently praised for its quality. Alchemilla boasts a stunning interior that’s got to be one of the most distinctive in the city, as well as mouth-watering dishes created by Rosie Healy, a former chef at the famously creative London restaurant, Ottolenghi. The common theme with all of the above? They’ve all been featured in Michelin’s Good Food Guide, meaning you won’t be disappointed no matter which restaurant you visit.
But there’s so much more on offer to whet your appetite – consider the modern, Italian inspired dishes at Mora Bar and Kitchen, more rustic fare at Villa Toscana, or traditional tapas at Rioja in a bohemian feeling setting. Local favourite Fanny Trollopes serves up the finest Scottish seasonal produce in a friendly and bustling bistro setting, and those looking for vegan options are well catered for at The 78, an all vegan restaurant and bar with a great drinks selection and even open mic nights too.
And if you’re planning where to dine in advance, make sure to check out Six by Nico, one of Glasgow’s hottest restaurants boasting a unique concept. Every six weeks, the restaurant changes its menu to a completely new theme, comprising of six delicious courses. Tables book up ridiculously fast so don’t dally if you’re interested!
Those with a sweet tooth shouldn’t miss Tantrum Doughnuts for amazing hand-made doughnuts with flavours like pistachio and hibiscus, crème brulee and banoffee pie, Tantrum truly offers a doughnut you won’t get anywhere else.
Being such a trendy area means that street food is of course well represented in Finnieston, with the likes of Dockyard Social street food market (winner of the Best Street Food Award at the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018). Set indoors with live music in the background, Dockyard Social prides itself on its carefully selected list of vendors providing top quality comfort food, craft beers, cocktails, and select wines, that’s all ethically sourced. New to the scene is The Finn Market, which is billed as funky, fun and for everyone, serving local produce in a New York brasserie style. It's easy to see why Finnieston has become such a great place for foodies to spend time in the city.
If you’re making a day of visiting this neighbourhood, don’t miss your chance to visit the Riverside Museum right on the River Clyde, designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Former title holder of European Museum of the Year, this distinctive building houses all types of transport with plenty of vintage cars and bikes to pore over. There’s a cobbled street depicting life in Glasgow from the turn of the 20th century, where you can wander in and out of recreations of olde shops, whilst passing by horse drawn carriages.
Outside, there’s even more history to explore with the over 120 year old Glenlee (known as The Tall Ship) berthed right outside. This Clydebuilt ship has circumnavigated the globe four times and now rests proudly outside the museum as a popular visitor attraction. As one of the few remaining Clydebuilt ships in the world that’s still afloat, it’s the perfect opportunity to step aboard a piece of maritime history.
And just a short stroll away from the museum is the newly established Clydeside Distillery (prestigious five star rating from VisitScotland), an exciting addition to Glasgow’s whisky scene, with spectacular Clydeside views.Take a tour of the distillery to see the craftsmen hard at work creating a new single malt whisky and savour some of Scotland’s best whisky, which can be paired with artisan chocolate if taking the Whisky and Chocolate Tour.
But it’s not all food and drink that’s on offer here – take the time for a wander down the Hidden Lane, a not-so-secret community of artists, designers, musicians and more. Choose between relaxing with a slice of cake and a brew at The Hidden Lane Tearoom, a local favourite, or have a browse of the arty independent traders.
A further nosey around the lane reveals local traders, like hand-picked goods from independent boutique Decadent Riot, hand-dyed earthy toned yarns from Queen of Purls and small batch, hand-made candles at Cloud Nine.
Add this to the numerous artists’ studios and other independent businesses in the Hidden Lane and you’ve got a place that’s positively brimming with creativity and community. There’s always something to pique your interest in this colourful lane, so be sure to pop along when in Finnieston.
Another spot to bag some unique finds is at the monthly Hypermarket at SWG3. The lifestyle event is ever changing, as a different guest curator takes the helm each month to select brands to create a high-end design and craft market. DJs, graffiti artists and artisan food and drink stalls make for a truly unique retail experience.
One of the biggest draws of Finnieston is the presence of The SSE Hydro arena. As one of the world’s busiest live entertainment venues, this amazing arena is constantly hosting global stars and features a fantastic programme throughout the entire year. Slightly off the beaten track is the eclectic offering at SWG3, a multipurpose venue that regularly hosts gigs, exhibitions, clubs and much more. With both venues located conveniently close to the main Finnieston “strip”, it’s a great chance to enjoy some brilliant entertainment alongside the fantastic dining of this neighbourhood. For more evening activities, there’s also the area’s well known traditional pubs too, serving the country’s finest drams and pints. Look out for Ben Nevis, The Islay Inn, and The Park Bar for a great selection of drink with regular traditional music nights and a warm welcome. Elsewhere you’ve got the finest White Russians at Lebowskis, amazing cocktails and food at The Finnieston, and the stylish surroundings of Kelvingrove Café to enjoy a tipple in.
Award-winning restaurants, modern architecture, lively nightlife
Ever-evolving food scene, pre-gig drinks, independent artists and makers