Glasgow is known as one of the UK’s best clubbing cities, with clubbers making the trip here to sample the nightlife, especially for the likes of Saturday night’s Subculture at the renowned Sub Club – the longest running weekly underground club night on the planet!
There are so many late night bars and clubs to choose from. Choose your music genre – from house to techno, from vintage disco to funk – and your style of venue – from warehouses to dive bars to 150-year-old stunning buildings!
The Sub Club is regularly voted amongst the best clubs in the world and the best house DJs perform as residents at the flagship Saturday night Subculture. In 2016, Resident Advisor Global, an events and dance music website, voted the Sub Club as one of the world’s best clubs as part of their ‘In Residence’ series.
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, as it's frequented by members of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand. And head downstairs for a relaxed dive bar vibe where bands and club nights are on until 3am.
There are also a number of unique one-off club nights that take place in the city within supercool warehouses which have been transformed into multi-functional creative venues, for example, SWG3 and The Glue Factory. The stylishly industrial SWG3 has multiple venue spaces, ranging from the intimate Poetry Club to the largescale spaces of the TV Studio and Galvanisers – which host the biggest-in-demand names in dance music, such as Basement Jaxx and Patrick Topping (some of which are billed as all night long!). Furthermore, some of the hottest acts to perform in the city, such as Britney Spears, have their unofficial after parties here.
There’s nowhere better to be for hitting the main clubs than the three parallel party streets of Sauchiehall Street, Bath Street and West Regent Street, with so many bars, clubs and people looking for a good night out.
*Note: A significant fire at the Glasgow School of Art on 15 June, 2018 has sadly also affected a number of city venues on Sauchiehall Street, including, the O2 ABC and Campus.
Drawing in the crowds on the city’s Sauchiehall Street, include, student favourite, The Garage, which runs a different club night seven nights a week, ranging from chart-toppers to indie nights, as well as Broadcast and Box Bar, which both run live music and club nights until 3am.
On the neighbouring Bath Street there is Hummingbird’s four storey converted townhouse, where resident DJs play deep soulful house; basement venue Kushion, where you can book bespoke booths, and Flat 0/1 for an intimate clubbing experience in a retro 70s style decked out flat.
The next street down is West Regent Street, where Bamboo caters for all music tastes across its basement rooms five nights a week, with next-door neighbour, Kokomo, offering popular tunes four nights a week.
Glasgow has a thriving LGBT+ scene, with much of it concentrated in the heart of the Merchant City including bars, restaurants, cafes, boutiques and galleries.
As one of the longest established gay bars, Delmonicas is guaranteed to have a busy and bustling crowd on almost any night of the week.
Snugly situated right next door is The Riding Rooms, which is something a little different. You can expect to see all manner of quirky thrills on the stage throughout the week – from risqué comedy and burlesque shows.
Just round the corner is The Polo Lounge, which has won the coveted Best Gay Bar award on a number of occasions and is one of the most stylish bars in the country with an opulent interior.
With LGBT+ events happening all year round in the city, check out what's on during your visit.