Merchant City is the place to head to for many people partying in Glasgow and you’ll be spoiled for choice with bars and beer houses. Metropolitan Bar excels with its contemporary style, exemplary service and top-notch food and drinks. The balcony restaurant offers impressive views to accompany the impressive menu, while the lively cocktail and piano bar downstairs serves up a party atmosphere that keeps going until the early hours at weekends.
Lansdowne Bar & Kitchen
Embracing the gastropub revolution of recent years, The Lansdowne offers a contemporary twist on classic food from its stylish basement surrounds. A sunny conservatory area, chunky wooden tables and soft, leather sofas all add to the laid-back vibe in this family-friendly bar. Great beers and wines plus you can watch live sports on plasma screens. Keep an eye out for other special events too, including wine tasting, quiz nights and DJ appearances.
A popular presence on Glasgow’s burgeoning bar scene for more than a decade, Blue Dog has plenty of trophies to back up its claims of being the mutt’s nut of cocktail bars in this fine Scottish city. Open late for opulent party antics, this is one for the cocktail aficionados, with an extensive menu of classic and modern offerings, plus an array of wines and spirits. Live jazz, smooth piano music or acoustic performances suit the laid-back vibe perfectly as well.
Bar Gandolfi is located in the attic area above the long-established Cafe Gandolfi downstairs. You can expect the same quality of food, drinks and service, but in a unique environment complete with the original features of the warehouse and post-industrial chic interior. Exhibits from local artists adorn the walls, and regular live acoustic performances add to the creative vibe in the place, making this a popular hidden gem on Glasgow’s nightlife scene.