"Spread across several levels, Òran Móris a beautifully converted church."

The Arches

The Arches may well be Phil Mitchell's den of mechanical mishaps in EastEnders, but it's also one of Glasgow's best nights out. Happily, beyond their settings (in the cavernous arches beneath a train line) the similarities between Walford's grease pit and Glasgow's culture hub end. Gigs, films and theatre are all regulars here, but the club nights (Octopussy, Pressure and Colours) are the main event. Think dance music with serious attitude, and all-night clubbing. It's not cheap, but it's definitely a night to remember.




Many a happy hour has been passed (and nearly always remembered) at this hot spot. Small but perfectly formed, and slightly out of the city centre in Kelvinbridge, Viper is a great place to head if you're after a cheesy dance. The drinks are cheap and the crowd is always up for a good time, so it's best to head here after drinks in the West End when all you want to do is boogie.



Òran Mór

Spread across several levels, Òran Móris a beautifully converted church that boasts a restaurant serving traditional Scottish fare, two bars and a basement club. The Whisky Bar offers a bountiful choice of more than 250 malts, while the Brasserie late night bar is open until 3am and is Champagne and cocktail heaven. Once you've had your fill of your chosen beverage, head downstairs to Club O where DJs whip the happy crowd into merry oblivion.



Dukes Bar

Dukes is a hidden gem in an up and coming area off Argyle Street - mooted by locals as 'the new Byres Road' (the West End's premier spot for shopping and socialising). It offers a lower-key night in comparison to Glasgow's more garish options, and has a cool, laid-back atmosphere that will suit those less interested in tearing up the dance floor. Plus, if you're peckish, you can tuck into a handmade (not to mention award-winning) pie. Perfect.  



The Art School

When hunting for a night out in a new city, it's unusual to be pointed towards a students' union. That said, not every city is as cool and cultural as Glasgow. The Art School is a hub for creative activity and boasts an impressive alumni including Charles Rennie Mackintosh himself and, more recently, Robbie Coltrane (yes, of Hagrid fame) and Turner Prize winners Martin Boyce and Richard Wright. It's also seen the likes of Belle and Sebastian, Arab Strap and Mr Scruff perform over the years. Head to the bar to mingle with the next generation of arty stars over a pint of cider…



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