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Traditional pubs

Traditional pubs in Glasgow

Traditional pubs in Glasgow

A visit to Glasgow isn’t complete without taking in one of the many traditional pubs. Friendly staff are on hand to recommend which whisky to choose and there’s always plenty of Glaswegian banter from the locals!

The Ben Nevis Bar

The exterior of The Ben Nevis Bar in Glasgow. It's night time and there is someone walking in to the front door.

Opened in 1999, step into The Ben Nevis Bar and feel as if you’re in a Highland bothy with the exposed stone walls, reclaimed materials and a cosy fire. Enjoy traditional music sessions every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 8pm onwards too. Find out more at

The Ben Nevis Bar is one of 4 traditional pubs in the Finnieston area, known for their Highlands and Islands vibe; the others being The Snaffle Bit, The Park Bar and Islay Inn. Each are renowned for their live folk music, fine whisky selections and great craic!

The Pot Still

Established in 1867, The Pot Still is a family run pub with over 800 whiskies and numerous cask ales to choose from. The friendly staff pride themselves on finding every customer their perfect dram of whisky. Head to to check it out.

The Laurieston

Feel like you’re stepping back into the 1960s in this traditional bar on Glasgow’s southside, near Bridge Street subway station. Enjoy a pint of local beer and admire the authentic décor, photographs and memorabilia on the walls. Visit The Laurieston’s Facebook page to find out more.

The Clutha

Named after the Gaelic word for the River Clyde, The Clutha is a Glasgow institution with over 200 years of history. They have live music on every night and famous fans include the likes of Billy Connolly, Jimmy Reid, Spike Milligan and Frank Zappa. The exterior is also known for a series of mural portraits. Follow The Clutha on Facebook to see what’s on.

The Scotia

Across the road from The Clutha is The Scotia, which was established in 1792 and is one of several pubs that claim to be the oldest in the city. The Scotia has a history of radical politics and live music (Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Tom Walker have performed here) and they host a pub quiz every Sunday. Visit The Scotia’s website for more info.

The Bon Accord

This ale drinker’s mecca opened its doors in 1971. Selling around 800 different real ales per year and with over 400 malt whiskies, the award-winning bar also offers a menu full of tasty pub grub. Head to to check it out.

The Drake

The Drake is a small independent bar in the west end with a cosy feel. Expect exposed stone walls, Harris Tweed seating, a coal fire, a heated rear garden and a well-stocked bar. They also serve a tasty roast dinner every Sunday. Check out The Drake’s Instagram page to see for yourself.


Sloans is a hidden gem that is tucked away down a lane that can be reached from Argyle or Buchanan Street in the city centre. Head inside and enjoy many original features of the Grade A listed building, including the ceramic tiled entrance and grand mahogany staircase. Or sit outside in the heated and covered courtyard, complete with twinkly fairy lights. Find out more on Sloans website.

The Allison Arms

Opened in 1884, the Allison Arms is in Glasgow’s southside area of Strathbungo. It’s a dog friendly, traditional neighbourhood pub where you can enjoy a great selection of ales and malts. Not to mention the banter with the locals! Check out the Allison Arms on Facebook.

The Admiral Woods

The Admiral Woods captures the character of The Admiral Bar, which shut its doors March last year, moving to the former site of The Woods Bar. The same staff, same music and a delicious menu, including their much-loved stone-baked pizzas, handmade burgers and macaroni cheese. Find out more at

The Arlington

Rumoured to be the home of the real Stone of Destiny, The Arlington can be found in the city’s west end and is popular with students, locals and visitors. Follow The Arlington on Twitter to find out more.

The Rose Reilly

Previously the Hampden Bar, The Rose Reilly pub is a cosy spot to enjoy a relaxing drink or two. Named after Scottish footballer Rose Reilly, who is best known for playing with Italy scoring 13 goals in total for the team. Follow the Rose Reilly’s Instagram page to find out more.

Heraghty's Bar

One of Glasgow’s oldest bars, Heraghty's is a family-run Irish pub in the heart of Strathbungo. Stocking over 100 malt whiskies as well as a variety of gins, bourbons, rums and liqueurs, the venue is open until midnight every night of the week. Find out more at

Article last updated: March 2024

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