Eating & Drinking
It’s the season of indulgence so head to one of Glasgow’s fantastic bars, cafes or restaurants to enjoy a romantic meal, fun with friends or a traditional family get together. Here’s a selection of festive foodie treats to whet your appetite.
Hop on board the Red Bus Bistro for a unique dining experience. Their Christmas Afternoon Tea and Christmas Gin Tea experience last around 90 minutes and take you on a tour around the city streets while you tuck into some delicious sweet and savoury delights.
Just a stone’s throw away from the iconic George Square Christmas lights, treat yourself at the opulent Corinthian Club with a festive afternoon tea. There are lots of fabulous festive Afternoon Teas on offer this season across the city, with venues including, Cup Tea Lounge, Blythswood Square Hotel, Malmaison, Mackintosh at the Willow, Millennium Hotel, Hidden Lane Tearoom and Butterfly and the Pig, all offering Christmas versions of this classic favourite. A perfect Christmas shopping “pit stop”.
Glasgow is home to many fantastic craft beer bars, so why not take a break from the festivities to sample a cool and quirky pint! Step into Brewdog, Shilling Brew Co, Dry Gate or the Beer Café to try something new.
Surprise the kids to Breakfast with Santa at the iconic Hard Rock Café Glasgow on Buchanan Street. (Events & dates TBC for 2019)
Why not head to the Chippy Doon The Lane and treat the kids to a World famous freshly cooked old school Fish & Chips in the heart of the city centre!
Head to Kimble’s in St Enoch Centre for a warming hot chocolate, Darcy's in Princes Square for a great kids menu and a big bunch of toys and puzzles or Di Maggios on Royal Exchange Square.
Something a bit fancier
As well as afternoon tea, the Red Bus Bistro also serves up a delicious three course dinner aboard their travelling vintage bus.
For a quick stop mid shop, head to Paesano Pizza on Miller Street for some of the tastiest pizzas in Glasgow.
For a light lunch or afternoon tea with the wow factor, head to Mackintosh at the Willow, located in the A listed, internationally recognised, original Willow Tea Rooms Building.
To experience the outdoors indoors, take a trip to Merchant Square where you can choose from an array of restaurants and bars including Fanelli's, Bar Soba and Metropolitan.
For that special meal over the festive period, sample what the Anchor Line, Six by Nico and Hutchesons Bar & Grill have to offer.
The Christmas Markets return to George Square and St Enoch Square offering a wide selection of festive gifts, delicious street food and seasonal entertainment. A warm and welcoming bar will add to the festive atmosphere, offering up a selection of beverages for all to enjoy. The perfect opportunity to try something new!
If you’d prefer to ditch the turkey and Christmas pudding, there are lots of other global cuisines on offer in Glasgow including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mongolian, Japanese, Greek, Spanish, Caribbean and Vietnamese. Visit bestglasgowrestaurant.com for more inspiration and to book.
Head to a cosy pub for a wee dram in front of an open fire. Check out Rab Ha’s on Hutcheson Street or Babbity Bowster on Blackfriars Street, you might even hear some fiddle music while you're there.
Clydeside Distillery tour
Warm up with a dram or three on the Clydeside Distillery tour, one of the first malt distilleries to be built in Glasgow for over a century and celebrates the significant role that whisky has played in shaping both our city and Scotland as a whole, while putting Glasgow right back on the Scotch whisky map.