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Glasgow Nightlife

253 Argyle Street
City Center
Scotland G2 8DL
Tel: 44 141 565 1035

Founded as a theater in 1991, this famous Glasgow venue is a cavernous 65,000-square-foot vaulted space underneath Central Station and is an arty enclave among more gritty surroundings. The venue has been modernized but retains its utilitarian "brickwork" look. In addition to the theater, there's a café-bar and restaurant with preclubbing DJs on the weekends, a live music venue, a visual arts space, and club nights that range from chemical pop to electrosleaze.

Restaurant is open daily until midnight. Club is closed Sundays through Tuesdays.

62 Albion Street
Merchant City
Scotland G1 1PA
Tel: 44 141 552 2101

The clientele of this high-end bar in the Merchant City neighborhood are a grown-up, sophisticated lot who enjoy the decadent Roman vibe. It's done up in the style of a statue-strewn Mediterranean town house, complete with a candlelit courtyard. Yes, it sounds weird, but it works. There's a restaurant and two nightclubs too.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

191 Ingram Street
Scotland G1 1DA
Tel: 44 141 552 1101

A former bank, the imposing Corinthian Club had a multimillion-dollar refit in 2010 and is arguably Glasgow's most bling entertainment complex. As well as a club, casino, private party rooms, and several dining rooms spread over five levels, it boasts numerous themed bars. Modeled on a catwalk, the Boutique Bar has a pink and white color scheme. To avoid any possible confusion as to which gender it is primarily aimed at, the Bootleg Bar opposite bills itself as selling "hard liquor for real men." The main attraction is still the vast Tellers' Bar and Brasserie, which features an ornate ceiling leading up to an immense glass dome. The Corinthian is open until a jet-lag-friendly 6 am seven days a week.—Update by Jonathan Trew

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
272a St. Vincent Street
City Center
Scotland G2 5RL
Tel: 44 141 221 5279

A key player in Glasgow's music scene, the upstairs venue here is where producer Alan McGee stumbled across Oasis. Smaller national and international touring bands as well as local heroes make up the gig list. A wide but smart booking policy means that Tut's is a good place to hang if you want to be able to boast that you saw such and such enormodome band when they were nobody. On the ground floor, pub grub and pool tables are the main attractions. Located in the heart of the business district—five minutes' walk from the city center—you'll often find the venue is jam-packed while the streets outside are deserted.

Lismore Bar
206 Dumbarton Road
West End
Scotland G11 6UN
Tel: 44 141 576 0102

This friendly pub hosts traditional music sessions most nights and has an excellent selection of malts. The stained-glass windows depict scenes of the Highland Clearances—a bleak time when landowners forced tenant farmers (crofters) off their land in order to raise sheep and make more money—and just in case you weren't sure where the pub owners stand on the matter, the urinals have the names of Highland landlords on them. You'll find this place on the border of a gritty working-class area and the gentrified Byres Road.

Nice 'n' Sleazy
421 Sauchiehall Street
Scotland G2 ZLG
Tel: 44 141 333 0900

If you like your rock spiky, your walls graffitied, and your bathrooms to be an adventure, then Nice 'n' Sleazy is your kind of dive bar. Put another way, if the idea of the cheap and potent Buckfast tonic wine being a regular among the slushy flavors on offer fills you with horror, then Sleazys ain't for you. What is undeniable is that several generations of Glasgow bands have learned their chops here (it opened back in 1991) and continue to do so. If Sleazys appeals, then it's odds on that so will the 13th Note (50–60 King St.; 44-141-553-1638); another engagingly down-at-heel music bar with a sweaty basement gig space to hothouse the city's fecund musical grass roots.—Update by Jonathan Trew

Oran Mor
731–735 Great Western Road, top of Byres Road
West End
Scotland G12 8QX
Tel: 44 141 357 6226

Oran Mór is Gaelic for "great melody of life"—and that's the guiding principle here, whether you're taking in one of the "A Play, A Pie, A Pint" afternoons (exactly how it sounds), howling at a standup comic, or drinking in the whisky bar. As well as numerous eating and drinking options, this converted church in the bohemian West End knows how to host a hoolie (that means party, by the way). The basement venue hosts diverse clubs and gigs by the likes of Sufjan Stevens, The Gossip, and up-and-coming local bands. On the top floor, there are regular ceilidhs (pronounced "kay-lee” it's a big party with Scottish traditional dancing) underneath a magnificent mural by the author and artist Alasdair Gray.

Sub Club
22 Jamaica Street
City Center
Scotland G1 4OD
Tel: 44 141 248 4600

This basement club under Jamaica Street has been happening for two decades (save three nomadic years when a fire on the street forced its closure). These days, it's both a live music venue and a club destination that's undergoing a resurgence of popularity with a young crowd. A Bodysonic dance floor, which pulsates the bass up through your feet, was installed in 2006. Optimo, on Sunday nights, is a particular hit. The neighborhood isn't the city's most attractive, which gives the Sub Club a rough-diamond allure. Best seen at night.

Closed Mondays–Wednesdays.

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