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.
The Glasgow School of Art is not only responsible for producing numerous Turner Prize winning artists, famous actors and bands; it is also the place that birthed many of the city’s best and most famous club nights, including Numbers and Optimo. The popular nights took to life in the student union – the unassuming sidekick to the world famous Mackintosh building.
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. Enjoy South American food from The Squid and Whale kitchen team, whilst people watching and enjoying music from what the late great DJ John Peel described as the best jukebox in the UK.
There are also a number of unique one-off club nights that take place in the city with supercool warehouses which have been transformed into multi-functional creative venues, for example, SWG3 and The Glue Factory.
There’s nowhere better to be for hitting the main clubs of the city than Sauchiehall Street. This city centre street lined with bars, clubs and people looking for a good night out is Glasgow. Don't miss two of the biggest and most famous clubs located on Sauchiehall Street - The Garage and the O2 ABC.
A favourite with students, The Garage runs a different club night seven nights a week, ranging from chart-toppers to indie nights. It's been entertaining audiences in the city for 150 years, under multiple guises from an ice skating palace to circus, from cinema to dance hall.
These are just two of the clubs on the city’s most famous 'party strip', with many other clubs and late night bars here and on neighbouring Bath Street. These include, Broadcast, Campus, Box Bar, Hummingbird, Kushion, Buff Club, Flat 0/1, Slouch and Bloc+.
Glasgow has a thriving LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ events happening all year round in the city, check out what's on during your visit.