The Best Student Bars in Glasgow
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The Best Student Bars in Glasgow

Zoe Kramer December 19, 2022

Glasgow is known for its vibrant nightlife. No student weekend would be complete without a night on the town, but sometimes it can be tricky to decide where to go. After all, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for drinks, but you don’t want to end up in too much of a dive either. Here are some of the best bars in Glasgow for students to try out, whether you’re looking for a party or more of a relaxed atmosphere.


If you’re looking to dance the night away, Firewater is a great place to start. Whether you’re into funk, rock or disco, this club has you covered. They offer reasonably priced drinks and a selection of comfort foods to keep you fuelled throughout the night, including chicken in a basket, hot dogs and pizzas.

Nice N Sleazy

Nice N Sleazy is a great place to catch some live music in the city centre. They offer a variety of different gigs as well as club and quiz nights. Open until 3am, you can stop in and catch a show or grab a bite to eat, with options available for both vegans and meat eaters. It’s a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for getting out of the crowds without killing your buzz.

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Another great live music bar is BLOC+, located in the centre of Glasgow. It has a great indie atmosphere and eccentric yet tasty food offerings. Bands and DJs play 7 nights a week, so there’s always a lively feel to the place. Plus, all events are free entry.

The Ark

For a casual get-together with friends or a student social, The Ark is the place to go. Equipped with arcade games and a big TV, you can catch some football and take advantage of their super cheap and super tasty food menu. They’ve undergone a refurbishment, so the place is nice and spiffy.


Driftwood is another one of the best student bars in Glasgow, and the perfect place for a night out on a budget. It’s easy to find the place, with its quirky sign made out of actual driftwood. With DJs every night of the week, you can dance away the stress of revisions or settle down at a table for some affordable eats. It’s got an easygoing and cheerful vibe, and with a gin and mixer at £1.20 it’s hard to beat.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.