The Best Bars

Best Cosy Bars in Glasgow

If your visit to Glasgow involves getting away from it all then you won’t necessarily want to be in the bright lights of the city’s party scene. It’s just as well then, that we’ve got intimate bars and pubs aplenty and lots of them are right on your doorstep – either a short walk within the West End or a taxi or train ride to the centre. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites so the leg-work’s been done for you. All that’s left to do is head on over and get comfy in a quiet corner with your favourite tipple.


Well known for its eclectic menu, Stravaigin is also a popular watering hole. It’s got a good range of beers on tap and decent wines ready for you to sample. Upstairs on the mezzanine level is short of space but only serves to add to the personal feel about the place.


Sitting near the end of Great Western Road, Munro’s was fairly recently renovated and now boasts craft beer and regular entertainment including quiz nights and open mic. There’s a load of seating too so it’s unlikely you’ll find yourself having to stand.


Slouch can be a rowdy spot come the weekend but weeknights tell a different story. With an extensive range of drinks and live music with rock, soul and jazz influences most nights, you’re sure to find a chilled-out spot at this Bath Street favourite.

The Belle

This one’s featured on our blog before and there’s a reason for that! The Belle is an unpretentious, traditional-style pub in the heart of the West End whose charm we never seem to tire of. It’s on the small side so get in early to bag a seat.


If you’ve ventured over to the East End to visit the Tennent’s Brewery then swing by Redmond’s, handily located just a 2-minute walk from Bellgrove train station. It’s a super dog and child-friendly place with a cool mix of regular craft beers on tap and guest taps or kegs changing each week.

The Butterfly and the Pig

This eccentrically named bar is hidden at basement level on Bath Street and hosts a variety of bands including jazz quartets and country music-inspired groups. Battered old sofas beg to be fallen into, from which you can watch the world go by.


Claiming to be the oldest pub in Glasgow, Sloans is packed full of period features and its three floors of maze-like corridors provide a great opportunity for exploration. The main bar is often bustling but quiet corners are in abundance, perfect for a pit-stop after a day of shopping in the city centre.

The Ben Nevis 

This true old man’s pub sits in contrast to the modern eateries surrounding it in trendy Finnieston, which adds to its appeal. The Ben Nevis is certainly compact but makes up for lack of space with bundles of charisma.

The Drake

Sitting at the border of the West End and city centre is The Drake, a pub selling good food, great drinks and showing all major football and sporting events on screens throughout. If catching the match is your thing then you couldn’t ask for more.

The Piper

Another city centre haunt, The Piper overlooks George Square and hosts live music sessions several nights a week as well as a regular quiz. An extensive whisky menu is complimented by Scottish Tapas – a must-try of favourite national dishes in miniature.