An insider’s guide to Glasgow: 11 places the locals love

The Glad Cafe
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From macaroni and lobster to late-night nirvana and laid-back river walks, Glasgow appears to have it all. We asked the city’s residents to discuss their favourite venues

To start the weekend: Redmond’s

St Luke's

St Luke's

This is the kind of place you can head to on the way home – and stay all night. It’s a trendy bar without trendy prices and attracts a mixed professional crowd looking for good food and drinks. Dennistoun is changing, with a lot more young people moving in and this place sums up that change. The area still has its traditions but Redmond’s tells how it is. It’s a place on the move. Alastair Rose, charity manager

Redmond’s, 304 Duke Street, 0141 572 5664,

For a taste of Glasgow: The Anchor Line

The place is based in the old ticket office for the trans-Atlantic ships that sailed out the Clyde. There is a great atmosphere in here and for me it’s taken over from Rogano as the place to go. It’s got a tremendous menu and I keep going back to the macaroni and lobster, which you can also get as a side with your steak, which they do on a Josper grill. The decor is based on the old ticket office so it’s something a little different with a bit of history thrown in. Ken Main, co-owner of Ellen Conlin Hair Salon

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

The Anchor Line Bar and Grill, 12-16 St Vincent Place, 0141 248 1434,

For a small, jumping gig: The Glad Cafe

There are obviously loads of music venues in Glasgow but The Glad Cafe is somewhere a bit different. It’s a social arts venue, with a great little playing area and probably enough room for around 120 people. It’s usually rammed and great fun and I have seen all sorts of stuff there, from quite arty outfits to soul and punk. The audience change every time and you get a real, genuine mix of people here. Jimmy Moon, double bass player and owner of Moon Guitars

The Glad Cafe, 1006 Pollokshaws Road, 0141 636 6119,

The Ubiquitous Chip. Picture: Robert Perry

The Ubiquitous Chip. Picture: Robert Perry

For relaxing on a Sunday afternoon: Kelvin River Walk, Tchai-Ovna, Inn Deep

I always do the river walk on a Sunday, starting up at The Botanics and ending up in Kelvingrove Park. You don’t feel like you are in the city – you’re surrounded by mature trees and squirrels and you have the sound of the water. You can walk for a whole hour and still not pick up that you’re very close to the city centre. If I’m looking for somewhere to relax afterwards I might go to Tchai-Ovna for a cup of tea, which is tucked down a lane not far from the river. There is sometimes free music there. If I’m in the mood for a beer, I’ll head back to Inn Deep, where you can sit out by the river on a nice day. Lisa Maclean, 37, full-time mum and yoga school volunteer

Kelvin Walkway; Tchai-Ovna, Otago Lane, 0141 357 4524,; Inn Deep, 445 Great Western Road, 0141 357 1075.

For a glass of wine: The Ubiquitous Chip

There are three distinctive bars at this Glasgow institution, which has been here since 1971. My choice is upstairs on Ashton Lane. The space has lots of character, with an open fire, lots of space to sit or stand and a superb selection of wines. The Chip has this innovative device that allows air to be injected into a part-full bottle so an extensive range of wines can be sold by the glass, including my favourite, a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. David Mullane, owner of W2 Store menswear

The Ubiquitous Chip, 12 Ashton Lane, 0141 334 5007,

For spending the wee small hours: Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, St Luke’s

There are almost too many places to mention to spend the wee small hours. In many ways, what would a night out be if it didn’t end up in Sleazy’s? But more and more places keep emerging. I have just moved business premises and that has brought a whole new range of locals. We often head to St Luke’s, which has been dubbed the Oran Mor of the east, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. It’s got a huge range of craft beers, a good mixed menu for all tastes, plus a music venue next door. The Barrowland Ballroom is just round the corner, so it’s in very good company. Lisa Lawson, owner Dear Green Coffee Roasters

Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall St, 0141 333 0900,; St Luke’s, 17 Bain Street, 0141 552 8378,

For experiencing the real Glasgow art scene: Glasgow Sculpture Studios, The Common Guild

Glasgow Sculpture Studios has a really good programme of contemporary art and there are also production facilities there, so there is always a bit of a buzz about the place. There’s also The Common Guild, which is the house of Douglas Gordon [a former Turner Prize winner] in the Park District, which is a nice part of town. There’s always a good programme there, usually something that interacts with the domestic architecture. The last exhibition I saw was of the photographer Thomas Demand with his work part-installation. Common Guild has been going for a while. It’s pretty well established, but if you’re not looking for it, you probably wouldn’t know it was there. Max Slaven, programme director David Dale Gallery

Glasgow Sculpture Studious, The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road, 0141 353 3708,; The Common Guild, 21 Woodlands Terrace, 0141 428 3022,