Scotland’s largest city is the perfect place to get lost in—almost everywhere you turn, you’ll find statue-filled squares, lively pubs and Victorian splendour. Here are three areas to visit for the best of Glasgow’s art, music and food scenes.

West End

This leafy neighbourhood is home to the Hogwarts-style spires of the University of Glasgow, as well as the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park. To see Glasgow at its most creative, make for Òran Mór, a one-time church that’s now a bar, live music venue and theatre with a ceiling mural by local artist Alasdair Gray.


Glaswegians love a good drinking session, which means a busy watering hole is never far away, particularly in this born-again neighbourhood west of the downtown core. For cask whiskies, try The Ben Nevis, and for craft beers, grab a stool at The Finnieston. Afterwards, enjoy a plate of crab claws at Crabshakk.

Merchant City

As the first UNESCO City of Music in the UK, Glasgow has no equal when it comes to ceilidh, classical, jazz and jock rock. Join a Glasgow Music City Tour, which includes stops at the city’s most legendary music venues, then go treasure-hunting for vinyl at hip record store Monorail Music. Afterwards, savour a meal at Boudoir, a chic wine bar in Merchant Square. ­