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Oran Mor, Glasgow

731–735 Great Western Road, top of Byres Road
West End
Scotland G12 8QX
Tel: 44 141 357 6226's insider take:

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.

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