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10 top places to eat, drink and party in Glasgow: a local’s guide

Our local's pick of 10 of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Glasgow - ideal for football fans.

Here’s our pick of some of the best places to eat and drink in Glasgow city centre and the city’s Southside.

Glasgow’s reputation has taken a few knocks over the years. If the Commonwealth Games in 2014 proved anything, it’s that Glasgow is not only a city passionate about sport but also a thoroughly modern one, filled to the rafters with interesting architecture and people, a vibrant food scene and roaring nightlife. What more could you want from a visit to Scotland’s largest city?

If you’re going to Hampden Park for the footballm, or if you’re in Glasgow city centre for any good reason, we’ve found the best places to grab some pre-match grub and where to go to celebrate or commiserate afterwards.

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1. Brel

Taking your pick from the excellent offerings along Ashton Lane, a characterful cobbled backstreet in Glasgow’s West End, is always an unenviable task. If it makes it any easier, Brel is a winner The hospitality at a bar and restaurant is bound to be top notch when it’s set in a former coach house and stables, right? There is an extensive menu of bottled and draught craft beers to quaff; from home-grown Scottish ales to its speciality, Belgian Trappist beers. The moules-frites are possibly the best this side of the Channel too.

2. Hutcheson’s

As the story goes, a customer asked for more beef on the menu at the Grand Brasserie – and boy did Hutcheson’s deliver. The Tomahawk steak, weighing in at a hefty 1.2kg, is the stuff of any red-blooded meat eater’s dreams, but not for the faint-hearted. Or any heart for that matter. This is maybe best tackled with some help but, as it’s the only place in Scotland to serve it, it’s well worth the challenge.

3. Mother India

You can’t beat a beer and a curry with the footie, which is handy because you’ve come to the right city. Glasgow is to some the curry capital of the UK, to date being the only city to be awarded the accolade four times. Legend has it that chicken tikka masala was invented here in the 1970s, forever cementing the city’s importance in Asian-influenced cuisine across the country. Mother India in the West End is considered the best curry house in town and few would disagree. Be sure to try the ginger and green chilli fish pakoras.

4. Wellpark Brewery

Tennents is to Glasgow as Guinness is to Dublin. As such, you can’t come to Glasgow without visiting the birthplace of a mainstay of many a Scottish drinking establishment. The tour around the brewery, which also focuses on its passion for Scottish football and proud musical heritage as the sponsor of Scotland’s largest music festival, T in the Park, takes you through more than 450 years of history. There may even be a chance to have a cheeky wee tipple at the end.

5. Bier Halle

A stone’s throw from Glasgow Central Station, from where you can take the train out to the stadium, this beer hall and street terrace is a popular haunt for the locals and always does a roaring trade. No wonder when you get a free bratwurst with every two-pint mas of beer. Bier Halle‘s rustic 2-for-1 pizzas are also a big draw for hungry tourists and office workers alike. For daring visitors who want to say they’ve tried haggis, the Ramsay’s haggis pizza is a particularly tasty initiation to the national delicacy.

6. Clockwork Beer Company

Close to the stadium itself and just five minutes stroll from Mount Florida station, this microbrewery and bar is a handy watering hole for soaking up some of the pre-match buzz. With it’s own offerings on draught alongside other guest Scottish craft brewers and large HD screens, you’ll be all set for the build up and post-match analysis, although beware it will get very busy.

7. The Butterfly and the Pig

Recommended both for match day grub and drinks, and for a full Scottish breakfast the morning after the night before, the uber-shabby chic Butterfly and the Pig has three locations across the city. The original on Bath Street in the centre of the city proved so popular that its laid-back demeanour, mismatched furniture and vintage wallpapers migrated south of the River Clyde to a new residence on Pollokshaws Road, a 25-minute walk from Hampden.

8. The Ben Nevis

Stepping in from the lively streets of Finnieston, the inside of the Ben Nevis feels more like a secluded log cabin in the Highlands. With a fire crackling in the hearth and an outstanding array of single malts on display behind the bar, the only thing for it is to order a dram, enjoy the patter of the patrons and tap your feet along with the regular traditional folk sessions. Don’t be surprised if you make some four-legged acquaintances at the Ben as well as friendly humans; the pub is well-known for its ‘dogs welcome’ policy. There was even a calendar released in 2013 with portraits of the pub’s canine regulars.

9. The Art School

No stranger to the turntables himself, local DJ Tony Nicol’s says The Art School is his club of choice in Glasgow. It attracts some of the biggest international DJs to the decks and has been at the centre of Glasgow’s cultural scene since the 1930s, providing not only a creative space for the students at the renowned Glasgow School of Art, but somewhere to let their hair down after dark.

10. Nice’n’Sleazy

OK, so the name could be a little bit misleading for some, but this alternative nightspot has quietly become a Glaswegian institution over the last 25 years. In the daytime, Sleazy’s is one of the best places in town to grab a burger, though beware you may have to dislocate your jaw to take a bite. In the twilight hours, the downstairs bar hosts live bands and DJ sets. With its fair share of hipsters, it’s not for everyone but then again, it’s not called alternative for nothing.

How to get to Hampden

  • The nearest train stations to Hampden are Mount Florida station and King’s Park station, which are accessible from Glasgow Central Station.
  • First Glasgow also operates several buses from the city centre, including the 5, 6, 7, 7A, 34 and 90. For more information, visit Traveline Scotland

What to see and do

If you’re lucky to be staying on in Glasgow for a few days after the matches, you should take a look at our top tips on what to see and do around the city while you’re here.

11 best things to see and do in Glasgow

Click on the image below to find out the best stuff to go in Glasgow, from art to pub crawls

Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

Where to stay

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