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Glasgow's best bling bars

The best bars in Glasgow for when you're dressed to the nines and you've turned on your swag

champagne central bars
By Niki Boyle |

Glasgow has some great pubs that can trace their roots back a century and more; there are also great places to dine out where the focus is the food rather than the functionality of the décor. But sometimes you want an atrium, a chandelier, an elegant cornice or a gilded capital to go with your Hibiscus Fizz cocktail or flute of Mumm Cordon Rouge. Bling on.

The best bling bars in Glasgow

Bars and pubs, Members' clubs

29 Private Members Club

A discreet private members club next to the Gallery of Modern Art, individual membership costs £180 a year, including VAT. This gives you access to a sumptuous city centre complex with restaurant, oyster bar, roof terrace and more. Although the venue sells itself as a space for business networking and events, it also suits those who like a degree of chic exclusivity with their evening prosecco.

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Champagne Central

The Grand Central Hotel sits next to the hurly-burly of Glasgow Central Station – its Champagne Central bar even overlooks the station concourse. But while the people below struggle with delayed trains, skinny lattes and tickets you could be sipping a superior cocktail in the classy columned, corniced and marbled surroundings of this gorgeous bar, above the noise and stress.

Cup Glasgow
Cup Glasgow


By day, this is the Cup Tea Lounge, a popular café for tea and cake. The venue dates to the late Victorian period; its striking interior tiling and decoration carry you back to when Glasgow was second city of the British Empire. At night however it transforms into specialist bar Gin 71: the same impressive aesthetics except with gin rather than tea.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Salon Lounge

Blythswood Square is a contemporary city centre hotel, occupying a pre-Victorian terrace overlooking the greenery of Blythswood Square Gardens. The Salon is its first-floor lounge, fitting all the fresh appurtenances of 21st century design into a 19th century structure. You can drop in for morning coffee or afternoon tea but its cocktail book is an ever-evolving wonder, the distillation of years of expertise.

Bars and pubs

Tellers Bar & Brasserie

If you’re going to go over the top, then do it properly. That’s the philosophy at the Corinthian Club, a glorious Victorian-era bank transformed into a pleasure palace with all kinds of opportunities for drinks, eats and events. The most jaw-dropping part of the interior must be Tellers however, the ground floor bar and brasserie, with its intense ornamentation, glass dome and incredible sense of light and space.