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Glasgow Pubs & Restaurants & Nightlife

Glasgow is a cosmopolitan city, a melting pot of cultures and flavours where it’s possible to sample the cuisine of just about every country in the world.  For an authentic Glasgow dining experience, be sure to try the traditional fish and chips.  It’s a cheap option that is guaranteed to sate all hunger pangs.  Other local specialities include West Coast lobster, salmon, oysters and Orkney cheeses. 


Glasgow Restaurants

The Brasserie - OranMor
The Brasserie is the dedicated restaurant of Òran Mór,the West End's most exciting venue. The restaurant serves contemporary cuisine with an emphasis on Scottish produce. You can enjoy a fine dining in beautiful surroundings and will find the atmosphere very relaxed. An excellent choice for special occasions or if you deserve a treat.

There aren't many restaurants in Glasgow pushing the mid-century mark, and fewer still that different generations would frequent for fine dining in the city. This is one, however. From the impressively tall doorway to the knowingly efficient and dapper waiters, there is a sense of grandeur at L'Ariosto, although the wrought-iron castings, mirrored walls and disco ball may soften the blow for the easily intimidated. The menu, meanwhile, focuses on strong combinations of flavours.

Aurora (formerly Las Brisas) has had something of a new dawn, freshening up the nook it occupies above the bar of the stylish Langs Hotel. And with a second AA rosette awarded for its refined Scottish dishes, a facelift has also helped to demarcate the restaurant from its previous existence. Chef Craig Dunn seems to be passionate about creating his menus, which are innovative without sounding pretentious. They can feature luxury ingredients such as caviar, saffron and truffles, while the well-matched wine recommendations show good communication between kitchen and sommelier.


Glasgow Pubs & Nightlife

Ad Lib
A stylish, modern American diner, Ad Lib is a bar and restaurant rolled into one compact space, with a smart, metropolitan interior. A slim bar leads to a rear dining room, where booths line the walls, monochrome photographs and minimal plant life comprise the understated decor, and a glass ceiling affords an arresting glimpse of the evening sky.

Bar Bola
Popular with flat cap-wearing locals and a student crowd, Bar Bola is a busy venue during weekends and evenings. Hand-crafted curvy metal fittings and custom-built wooden furniture give the bar a Spanish feel and the atmosphere is arty and relaxed. A line of booths occupying the back wall is separated by wooden dividers, giving laid-back groups a comfortable eating space, while the food - a mix of pub grub, Tex-Mex, salads and pasta - is served from lunchtime until about 8pm, when the bar takes over business.