Glasgow is a city that comes to life after dark, so if you want to get the real experience of the city, the daytime only tells half the story. Here are ten of the coolest things to do in Glasgow at night that are sure to make your evening an unforgettable one.
King Tut’s has been at the forefront of the Scottish music scene for three decades, making its mark as one of the most celebrated small venues in the world for its legendary lineup and unique atmosphere. You can watch your favourite live acts in the same venue that gave rise to fame for the likes of Blur and Oasis, and even when the music isn’t playing there’s always the bar and Funny Bird kitchen where you can enjoy a range of great drinks and fantastic food.
2. A night at the cinema
Glasgow’s cinemas provide the best backdrops and atmospheres for any avid movie-goer – and they only come even more to life at night. Whether you’re settling in for a classic or racing to catch the latest blockbuster, these uniquely charming venues are must-visits.
The Everyman in Princes Square (just off Buchanan Street) is located in the tall, domed old merchant hall since converted into a boutique shopping centre and recently voted Scotland’s best building – while the cinema itself provides a great rustic vibe that is sure to win you over.
The Grosvenor is a beautiful independent theatre at the heart of the West End’s trendy Ashton Lane and shows a regular mix of new releases, cult classics, and seasonal favourites, so there’s no worry about finding something for everyone to enjoy. The cinema is also connected to a sister café, so why not grab a couple of drinks or a bite to eat before your evening film?
The cinema isn’t the only gem of the West End’s favourite street. With its unique cobbled lane and traditional white townhouses, Ashton Lane is brewing with the trendiest bars, restaurants, and pubs popular with students and locals alike – all at super affordable prices! Some highlights include Ubiquitous Chip – the nationally renowned bar and restaurant with a great modern twist, and Vodka Wodka – the dive-bar style venue complete with a firepit beer garden and a wide range of affordable cocktails.
If you’re out on the search for a magical night out around the end of October until mid-November, GlasGlow is a captivating light show like no other. Hosted yearly in the Botanic Gardens, this immersive experience includes a street food market, laser shows, and plenty of insta-worthy backdrops. Tickets for adults are £16 peak (Thurs-Sun) and £12 off-peak (Mon-Wed).
Located in the party district of Sauchiehall Street, this indie bar is a student staple on a Thursday night (and, let’s be honest, every other night) and the perfect place to spend your night if you’re looking for something with a bit more heat! They serve a great range of cheap drinks, as well as some fancy cocktails and flavoured liqueurs, and if you get down a little earlier or on one of their quieter nights, you can grab some seriously tasty homemade pizza.
If you’re looking for a night on the cheesier side of life, then there’s no better place to spend it than Popworld. This bar is kitted out in a flashy retro dance floor, splashes of colour, and all your guilty-pleasure hits from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Their friendly staff serve fun but affordable drinks that get your night off to a groovy start, and their early closing (23:00) makes it an ideal place for anyone wanting to be in bed by a reasonable time without scrimping on experience.
Based at the Òran Mór in Glasgow’s West End, A Play, A Pie and A Pint has been described as the cultural bedrock of the Scottish theatre industry, providing a platform for the country’s newest writers to make their name. It’s also the perfect evening out: against the backdrop of the ‘Mór’s converted church building, you can enjoy some of the best new theatres Scotland has to offer, with a drink (beer, wine, or soft drink) and a pie (or veggie quiche, or vegan sausage roll) included in your ticket price. Tickets are £15 all days except Wednesday when they’re £12.50, and production of a valid student card will also get you in for £12.50 on a Monday and Tuesday.
At the heart of Glasgow’s rich artistic and cultural history for over 150 years, the Theatre Royal hosts a wide range of award-winning drama, comedy, and musical theatre. Its central location in Garnethill (just off Sauchiehall Street) means you can spend the afternoon enjoying all the city centre has to offer before winding down with a great show at the end of it. Ticket prices vary by event, but the theatre offers a student discount to encourage more young people into their seats – so it’s definitely something to make the most of.
Glasgow’s favourite rooftop bar is the perfect place to let your hair down on a Friday or Saturday night. Serving delicious food and a colourful array of ice-cold cocktails, October is an ideal venue for catching up with friends after a long day or ending your day out in style after a round of sightseeing. If you end up loving the place after your night out, you can even return during the day to take part in one of their Cocktail Connoisseur masterclasses and learn the secrets of what makes their famous drinks so outstanding.
The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow that offers improv and stand-up comedy nights at affordable prices and is a great alternative to the usual evening spent out on the town. Being such a small venue, and often hosting established comics like Kevin Bridges testing out new material, tickets sell out fast – so this is one for a night that you can plan in advance! Prices vary by the act, but The Stand commits to providing affordable events to keep comedy accessible, and also offer a student discount.