Byres Road and its surrounding streets and lanes plays host to probably the best night life the city has to offer. 

Whether it's food from a variety of cuisines you're after, great cocktails, craft ales or friendly chat, there are so many unique restaurants bars, pubs and clubs you'll be spoilt for choice. There are also plenty of venues offering free music.

Fancy a few wee drams and don't want to drive? The road is easily accessed by Kelvinhall or Hillhead Subway stations.

A night on the town

Starting from the southern end of Byres Road, you will be met with a variety of restaurants serving up local contemporary Scottish fare through to Mediterranean, Far Eastern, Indian and American offerings. Feeling thirsty? There are various pubs, bars and coffee houses round this end of the road and a traditional Jazz and live music scene on Sundays.

Ashton Lane at night

Wander up Byres on the left hand side where there a few excellent pubs and bars serving local and global ale and cocktails You'll hit Highburgh Road and University Avenue junction. Cross the street and it opens out again with delicious delicatessens, sit in coffee houses and a thriving restaurant / bar culture on both sides of the street.

Still hungry? Carry on walking up Byres and on the left, get lost down Ruthven and Dowanside Lane with some quirky modern and traditional Scottish eateries.

On the right side of Byres, you'd hit Ashton Lane. It’s fair to say that Byres Road wouldn't work without Ashton Lane and neither would Ashton Lane work without Byres Road. A little secluded getaway of fine dining and even finer drinking. The lane contains an independent cinema and a variety of establishments that will make sure you leave with a full belly and a pair of jelly legs! 

Another gem that hides behind the street is that of Cresswell Lane. This cute cobbled street by day plays host to some of Glasgow's finest independent shops but by night has some restaurants well worth a visit. 

Finally, the top of Byres Road and Vinicombe Street has more late night bars and Òran Mór - a former church that now acts as a pub, bar, late night club, gig venue and theatre all under one roof. Just look for the halo on the church spire.

For more inspiration, have a look at our food & drink listings.

Live music

You can catch live music in many of Byres Road's bars and restaurants. 

Jinty McGuinty's offers free gigs almost every night of the week, focusing on local talents.

Bar Gumbo, who brings the spirit of the Southern States to Byres Road, has free gigs from Thursday-Sunday each week, and can be trusted to host some of the best blues bands in Glasgow.

Òran Mór is one of the biggest concert providers in the West End and has seen a range of acts perform, including Amy Winehouse and The Proclaimers.

The Bothy offers live music every Friday and Saturday night, entertaining their dining guests with an acoustic set from a local talent.

Brel regularly puts on music events, check with the venue for details.

Byres Road is also close to the Hydro and the SECC, some of Britain's busiest music venues.