Everyone knows Glasgow is one of the top cities in the U.K when it comes to its nightlife. We’re lucky to have an array of different kinds of clubs, bars and pop up nights serving pretty much every taste you could think of. After some time though, it can be easy to end up frequenting one place and exhausting everything it has to offer. Why not try something different? Here’s the low down on the nightlife in Glasgow that will take you away from your usual scene – variety is the sriarcha sauce of life, or whatever it is they say.
1.The Riding Room
It’s highly likely that regardless of sexual orientation you’ve visited Polo at some point and made good use of the podium in the R&B room. However, after one too many vodka cokes it’s easy to miss one of the highlights of the venue, The Riding Room. Offering a more chilled out vibe, delicious cocktails and cabaret seven nights a week, this retro style bar is a great spot to catch some incredibly talented performers and hang with friends. Once a week Tom Harlow performs his signature boylesque that is well worth a visit in itself.
2. Bum Notes
Taking place every Friday in the ultra-cool cave that is The Flying Duck, Bum Notes is a performance and drag night hosted by Ruby Waters, Glasgow’s premier moustached ginger queen. It’s a super fun and inclusive night where anything goes, and if that’s not enough for you, there’s karaoke too. It’s also free entry, which is obviously a plus on a student budget. Head down early for some tasty vegan comfort food – buckfast infused pulled jackfruit tacos come highly recommended – watch some talented guest performers, sing your heart out, then leave at 3am. Good luck making it back up those stairs after a few drinks, mind you.
Are you the only RuPaul fan in your group of friends, but still want to expose them to some fierceness? Then this is the night for you. Suck appears in Delmonicas every Wednesday from nine and showcases some of the best drag talent Glasgow and the U.K has to offer. It’s a feel good atmosphere with good music, cheap drinks and amazing queens. Don’t worry about your drag virgin friends, too – they’re welcomed with open arms. This is the perfect place to introduce them, and hopefully, get them hooked. Plus, it’s free entry!
4. Push It
If you haven’t delved further into Stereo than the fantastic vegan restaurant and café upstairs, you’re missing out. The dimly lit, crumbling basement downstairs plays host to some of the best pop up club nights Glasgow has. One of the best is Push It, the monthly event that exclusively plays pop, R&B and hip-hop from female artists. Expect lots of Nicki, Bey, Mariah and fun. Every now and then there is a themed night, with past ones including a movie soundtrack special and an all Beyonce extravaganza. £5 entry isn’t so bad when the bangers don’t stop.
5. Ghost Girls
Everyone knows Bloc has some of the best eats in the city centre, but now it also has a new club night hosted by illustration collective Ghost Girls. Playing 80s, 90s and 00s pop, R&B dance, this is a feel good night with some super cool girls on the decks. Free entry is always a plus and who knows, you might even be able to grab some pizza while you’re having a dance.
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