21 April 2016

A Weekend In Glasgow: An Insider’s Guide

Glasgow Guide: Buchanan Street

We’ve published Insider's Guides to London, Dublin and Marbella and today, Scotland’s largest city is in the spotlight, as we take you on a tour of some of our favourite spots in Glasgow. The flight from Dublin to Glasgow is one of the shortest on record at just over half an hour, and there are frequent deals to be had on Ryanair and Aer Lingus.  Much like Dublin, Glasgow is a compact city that's easy to navigate and explore, and it’s packed with attractions from cultural to architectural to gastronomical. And let's not forget the excellent pub scene.

The Variety Bar Glasgow
Wearing that dress again, in The Variety Bar, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow 

Favourite neighbourhoods:

When we’re in Glasgow you will generally find us on or around Sauchiehall street - and not just because that’s where our pal Chris lives. The street goes on forever and encompasses some of the best highstreet shopping along with some brilliant bars (like Nice n Sleazy and the Variety, which are both mentioned below).
Finnieston is another great area for a night out and was recently pronounced one of the hippest places to live in the UK by The Times. Unsurprisingly that’s where you’ll find The Finnieston seafood bar, along with a plethora of other great cafes, bars and restaurants: if you’re a White Russian fan, don’t miss Lebowskis  - yep, it’s named after The Dude.
And everyone loves the leafy and bohemian West End – more of that anon.

Greggs Glasgow

Where to eat:

Glasgow does a mean curry and since it opened in 1999, Mother India has been a favourite for fans of Indian cuisine. The seafood dishes are stellar. 28 Westminster Terrace
The Finnieston is a great example of contemporary Scottish cuisine. Specialising in seafood and cocktails, the menu emphasises the best of Scottish produce – try the West Kilbride oysters. 1125 Argyle Street, Finnieston
Throughout April and May, the Good Food Glasgow initiative is rolling out a streetfood extravaganza of Indian, Korean, Mexican and Scottish cuisine; head to the Merchant City’s Brunswick Street on Fridays or the Broomielaw on Saturdays to check it out.
Your cholesterol won’t thank us, but we have to reference the ridiculously cheap and tasty bakery chain, Greggs; it feels like Glasgow has one on every corner. Don't miss the cheese and onion pasty, steak bake or caramel custard donut.
For brunch, check out the Hillhead Bookclub, which we’ve previously reviewed in full.

White Russians at Sleazy's - a Glasgow institution 
Where to drink:

The nightlife in Glasgow is amazing with a vibrant clubbing and music scene as well as an eclectic selection of boozers; here’s some of our regular haunts:

Nice n Sleazy: This place has been Emma’s favourite since the 90s; she wrote about why over here. Decent food, great music and a £3 White Russian special – what’s not to love? 421 Sauchiehall Street 
Inn Deep: On the banks of the River Kelvin, this spot has one of the loveliest beer gardens ever - check them out in our Scottish vlog here. It also has a good food menu and an even better selection of craft beers and cocktails. 445 Great Western Road, Kelvinbridge 
The 13th Note is a relaxed, quirky and comfortable indie music venue that also serves up some of the best veggie and vegan pub grub in the city. 50-60 King Street
The Bon Accord might be located in the big smoke but it has a friendly, small-town local kinda vibe. Great whisky and ale selection and not a bad spot for a bite to eat, either. 153 North Street
The Variety Bar, just a short stroll from Sleazy’s, is an art deco gem with low lighting, good tunes, a laidback atmosphere and gorgeous retro décor.  401 Sauchiehall Street 

The Bon Accord Glasgow Pub

Perfect Sunday afternoon:

We’ve whiled away many a Sunday afternoon – and evening – in all of the pubs we’ve just mentioned, but for a less liquor-soaked experience, head to Glasgow’s West End.

Here you can have a browse of the many wee vintage boutiques, take a wander round the grounds of Glasgow University or the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, and marvel at masterpieces by Monet, Rembrandt and Picasso at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and museum.

End your day on the cobbled, atmospheric backstreet, Ashton Lane, with its choice of pubs and restaurants to explore, or catch a flick at The Grosvenor - the only fully-licensed picture house in Glasgow's West End.

The Rainbow Rooms Glasgow Hairdressers
Rainbow Room International, 125 Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Favourite beauty haunt:

Before Space NK opened its door on Dublin’s Grafton Street, the Glasgow store at Princes Square was where we got our fix.

We can also recommend the flagship salon of The Rainbow Room group; located above the White Company shop on Buchanan Street on Glasgow’s style mile, this multi-award winning hairdressers is as famous for its amazing head massages as it is for its killer colours and cuts.

Love Weegie-land too? Share your favourite spots in the comments!

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