Going To The Pub Is Good For You – This Is Why

There are few things better than welcoming an old friend or visitor to your home city and showing them the sights and, let's face it, in Glasgow we are spoiled for choice.

Everyone has their own personal favourites when it comes to things to see and do and they'll also know exactly what their friends like and want from a visit to Glasgow.

So, before we begin, we'll admit that this list could prove to be a bone of contention, with more than a few favourites missed out. I've personally resisted the temptation to think too much about my own friends when writing it as the list was on the verge of becoming '6 public parks perfect for drinking Bucky in'.

Here they are: 10 places that visitors to Glasgow will never forget.

Rogano

Rogano Restaurant Glasgow 11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 3AN Celebrating its 80th birthday WARNING INTERNET UNKNOWN COPYRIGHT

We'll start with an obvious one and what is arguably Glasgow's most beautiful restaurant. The food is first class and the art nouveau decor and general setting stunning. Not so much a meal as it is an 'experience' and somewhere you can happily spend the evening eating, drinking and catching up.

Address: 11 Exchange Place, Glasgow G1 3AN

Phone: 0141 2484055

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

The Mark XXI Spitfire at Kelvingrove

Glasgow's treasure trove and a place that will impress even the most well travelled tourist. And it's a place that every Glaswegian cherishes and appreciates now matter how many times they have visited. And, whisper it, it's free (although donations are always appreciated).

Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

The west end lanes

Ashton Lane

Ashton, Ruthven and Cresswell are within walking distance and a treasure trove for shoppers with an eye for curiosities. The cobbled streets have an air of old Glasgow about them. And, in the case of Ashton Lane, you might find a few places worth popping into for a cheeky wee pint.

The Sub Club

Maybe one for people of a certain age - or people who don't get flashbacks or the fear at the mere mention of a big night out. Clubbers travel from the world over for a night at the Subby though and there are plenty of good reasons why.

The Barras and Glasgow Green

A'Challtainn Fish Restaurant & Bar
A'Challtainn Fish Restaurant & Bar

Seriously? I hear you cry. Yes, seriously. Just hear me out. The market itself may be a wee bit rough around the edges but it's very much a part of Glasgow's history - as is the Green and People's Palace. A visit here will also give you the chance to go on a day long crawl. Start at West Brewery for some lunch and a pint, head towards town for a top up at St Luke's, wander around the market and then finish with a first class meal at A'Challtainn Fish Restaurant and Bar in BAaD for incredible food in another unforgettable setting.

Buchanan Street

A busy Buchanan Street

One for the shoppers and let's face it, every tourist needs to pick up presents. And where else for shopping but the Style Mile that took Edinburgh's reputation as some kind of retail capital, chewed it up and sent it floating down the Clyde. And if you get hungry, The Wee Chippy Down the Lane will keep you going.

Glasgow University

Glasgow University

Many native Glaswegians haven't thought to go through the gates, into the grounds and actually take a look at the cloisters and stunning buildings that are hidden from view, but they really should. You can take a self guided tour of the University and, of course, you have the Hunterian Museum and Mackintosh House within the grounds as well.

Horseshoe Bar

Horseshoe Bar

If you are looking for a traditional pub in the city centre or a place to grab a quick pint in town, this is it. It's the meeting point for so many people in Glasgow and always offers a warm welcome. And a decent night on the karaoke. Sloans gets an honourable mention as well - another great, atmospheric Glasgow pub.

Oran Mor

Oran Mor

You can of course get a beer or a good whisky here, or lift your pinkies while having a wine with the Wendies, but you can also see a play here - and get a pint and pie at the same time. A Play, a Pie and a Pint has of course become a Glasgow phenomenon but the venue as a whole will stun first time visitors. A converted church, with grand halls, a cosy bar and a basement venue, all decorated by one of Glasgow's finest artists and authors, Alasdair Gray.

The Fitba

Newlandsfield - the home of the mighty 'Lok

If you want your visitor to experience real emotions, this is where you will find them. The city has a few football stadiums to choose from, not to mention a few junior teams with great little grounds that offer brilliant value for money. Just pick your own team here. We're not getting involved in making recommendations!

The Barrowlands

Depeche Mode at a sold out Barrowlands

Sadly the Barrowlands isn't in use as much as it should be but recent sold out gigs by the likes of Depeche Mode gave everyone a little reminder of how magnificent this venue is. The best in the world? You'll find plenty of bands and artists who will say that it is.

As we said, this is our perfect ten but you'll find plenty of other opinions on this - and no doubt find a few other suggestions in the comments on our Facebook page. You'll also find out list of '100 things to do in Glasgow before you die' here.

And of course, you could and really should break out of the city and take the high road. Loch Lomond is only a half hour away by car and the Highlands an hour or so beyond it.

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