From sophisticated to quaint, laidback to lively, craft brew to cocktail, Glasgow’s bars cover them all, with a generous dollop of Glaswegian banter thrown in. The classic, old-fashioned bar, pouring a pint of locally brewed beer, lives comfortably alongside the contemporary cocktail bar, mixing an Iced Tea Bellini or Kir Royale. Locals are always happy to toast your health with a wee dram of whisky and keep an eye out for the growing number of bars dedicated to artisan gins.
Cabaret’s more avant-garde today, with fun lovers looking for riotous entertainment. It’s an eclectic mix of burlesque, comedy, drag artists, magicians, and dancers. There are a couple of venues in the city dedicated to regular cabaret nights, Wild Cabaret and The Riding Room, and there are plenty of other clubs which hold cabaret evenings.
If you enjoy the rush of adrenaline when rolling the dice, the city has four casinos. The ultra-modern Alea Casino has more than a touch of Las Vegas and shares a panoramic view of the Clyde, with its (slightly) older neighbour, the Grosvenor Casino Riverboat. The Grosvenor Casino Merchant City and the Genting Casino on Sauchiehall Street complete the line-up. All offer American roulette, Black Jack and Poker.
In the 1930s Glasgow had more cinemas per head of population than any other city in the world and that relationship with film continues today. There’s a whole host on offer for the enthusiastic movie-buff, from world cinema at Glasgow’s arthouse cinema, the Glasgow Film Theatre to the titanium-clad IMAX cinema at Glasgow Science Centre, as well as all the usual blockbusters. At over 60m high, Cineworld Glasgow is in the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Tallest Cinema. The annual Glasgow Film Festival, the third biggest film festival in the UK, takes place every February. The city’s also very popular as a location shoot - in ‘World War Z’ with Brad Pitt, it became present day Philadelphia and in ‘Cloud Atlas’ starring Halle Berry, it was transformed into 1970s San Francisco.
Saturday night’s Subculture gig at Glasgow’s renowned Sub Club is now the longest running weekly underground club night on the planet!
Glasgow’s famous for its fantastic clubs, with some of the world's biggest DJs playing an eclectic range of music.! From house, dubstep and techno to vintage disco, funk and R'n'B. Scotland’s original superclub, The Arches, fills the space under Glasgow Central Station and both Sub Club and The Arches regularly appear in DJ magazine’s top 100 clubs in the world.
Glaswegians are known the world over for their sense of humour. No wonder then that the three week Comedy Festival, held every March, attracts the biggest comedy names in the world and showcases some of the best home-grown talent too. It is also the largest event of its kind in Europe.
The Stand Comedy Club, in the city’s West End, was where it all began. The Stand runs live stand-up comedy shows every night of the week. Billy Connolly and emerging Glaswegian talent, Kevin Bridges, have both performed here.
Glasgow – or GTown as it’s known amongst the urban music scene – has been dubbed “Europe’s Secret Capital of Music” by Time Magazine. Hosting an average of 130 music events every week, its legendary music scene stretches across all music genres from urban and hip-hop to classical and celtic. Venues are equally varied, including King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (consistently voted the top live music venue in the UK), the Barrowland, O2 Academy, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the SEE Hydro and The Old Fruitmarket. You’ll be spoilt for choice any day of the week.
The city’s vibrant theatre scene encompasses all tastes, from UK tours of top musicals to experimental theatre. Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet both have bases here. The varied choice of theatres means you’ll be able to enjoy world-class performance alongside emerging, contemporary talent.
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