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Top 15 Quirky Restaurants That You Should Visit in Glasgow

Top 15 Quirky Restaurants That You Should Visit in Glasgow

If your belly is rumbling but you don’t want another meal at a usual chain restaurant, I’ve got good news for you. Glasgow is dotted with quirky restaurants—you know, something like sipping coffee in a place that’s half jungle, half vintage bookstore.

It’s not just about the places with good food (although that’s a given), it’s also about the memories you get in these spots, like when I fell off an indoor swing as a dozen diners looked on. I’ve listed my favourite spots down, so check them out!

Ubiquitous Chip


Address: 12 Ashton Ln, Hillhead, Glasgow G12 8SJ, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 334 5007

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 1 AM

Cost: £-££

Ubiquitous Chip, or “The Chip,” as it’s affectionately known by locals, has been doing its thing in Ashton Lane before being quirky was even cool. The vibe here is like a whimsical garden that’s somehow indoors.

Think vines crawling up the walls, lush greenery hanging everywhere, and a wee pond—yes,  a pond with actual fish—inside the restaurant. 

I’m not forgetting about the food, don’t worry! They’re all about the classic Scottish far. Think: venison haggis with neeps and tatties, scallops, and more!

Pro tip: Remember to grab a seat near the pond to fully appreciate it. And if you’re there during the festive season, their Christmas decorations are next level—like, Instagram gold.



Address: 104 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6PH, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 7535 468473

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Wednesday – 12 PM to 9 PM
  • Thursday – 12 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Cost: £-££

Mezcal’s vibe is a straight-up celebration of Mexican culture, minus the clichés. The décor screams “cool without trying too hard,” with street art-adorned walls and light fixtures.

Moreover, you’ll come across authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas here. Also, their margarita selection is top-notch; even if you’re not a margarita person, their staff can find you something smooth.

Pro tip: Remember to consider getting their gift vouchers. It’s an excellent way to support local businesses while giving the gift of a memorable meal out.



Address: 117 Bath St, Glasgow G2 2SZ, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 574 6066

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 3 AM

Cost: £-££

Bloc+ is where music lovers and food enthusiasts collide. This place has an ambience that can only be described as effortlessly cool since it blends a dive bar’s laid-back vibe with the edginess of an underground music venue. 

The menu’s got everything from burgers to vegan tacos, and each dish has its unique twist.

Pro tip: The best nights to drop by are when they have live performances. So, check their schedule online, especially for their open mic night—before you go.

The Hanoi Bike Shop


Address: 8 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow G12 9BG, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 334 7165

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 9 PM

Cost: £-££

The Hanoi Bike Shop brings Vietnam right into the heart of Glasgow’s West End. Walking in, you’re hit with this vibrant energy, colourful decor, and an intoxicating smell of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

It legitimately feels like you’ve been teleported to a bustling street in Hanoi (of course, minus the motorbikes whizzing past you). Plus, they do this thing called ‘Build Your Own Pho’ which is like a noodle soup party—highly recommend this, BTW.

Pro tip: If you’re as enamoured with this place as I am, or you know someone who would be, consider grabbing a gift voucher from them.

Moskito Cocktail Bar and Restaurant


Address: 196-200, Bath St, Glasgow G2 4HG, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 739 0044

Operating hours: 

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 5 PM to 3 AM
  • Friday to Sunday – 12 PM to 3 AM

Cost: £-££

Moskito Cocktail Bar and Restaurant is not your average cocktail bar—no kidding here! It’s like stepping into a jungle; expect lots of greenery, bright neon signs, and a laid-back atmosphere.

The seasonal cocktails are creatively crafted (and are always a hit!) and their food menu boasts a variety of small plates, seafood, steak, chicken, and tasty desserts. 

Plus, their late kitchen means you can satisfy those midnight munchies with something way better than your standard potato fries.

Pro tip: They have a hidden spot towards the back that feels more secluded and intimate. This is perfect if you’re on a date or just need a break from the bustling front bar.

The Butterfly and the Pig


Address: 153 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4SQ, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 221 7711

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 9 AM to 12 AM
  • Friday – 9 AM to 2 AM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 2 AM

Cost: ££

The Butterfly and the Pig kind of gives a speakeasy vibe. The decor is all chintz and charm, with mismatched furniture that looks like it’s been nicked from your grandmother’s living room—in the best way possible, of course.

The menu’s got Scottish classics that are stodgy and satisfying; think homemade comfort food like the classic fish and chips and steak pie.

Pro tip: There’s a wee vintage tea room upstairs; it’s quieter than downstairs and fab for a catch-up.

Tantrum Doughnuts


Address: 27 Old Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G3 8RD, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 339 9319

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Cost: £-££

Tantrum Doughnuts is all about crafting gourmet doughnuts that are a far cry from your basic ring from a chain store. We’re talking about unique flavours that change with the seasons and are made from scratch every day.

Some of their noteworthy doughnuts are Lemon and Poppy Seed Old-fashioned, Rhubarb and Custard, Cereal Milk Crunch, and the Vegan Espresso Ring. Seriously, they’re decadently soft and not too sweet, so they’re perfectly paired with any kind of drink.

Pro tip: If you want the full range to choose from, get there early; once they’re out, they’re out.

Buck’s Bar


Address: 111 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 2RU, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 648 4842

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 12 AM

Cost: £-££

Buck’s Bar is the holy grail for chicken lovers. If you’re chasing the best chicken wings in the city or feel like tackling a spicy challenge, this is your spot.

The music’s got a rock ‘n’ roll theme, and the walls are slathered with music memorabilia and neon signs. It’s loud here, but it’s still fun, and the food is good.

Their fried chicken and wings are just the right side of messy, and the selection of sauces ranges from ‘Oh, that’s tangy’ to ‘I can’t feel my face’.

Pro tip: They’ve got this special offer every Monday to Wednesday where you can get your sip on with a sweet 40% off selected cocktails. That’s almost half off, so you better not miss out on that.



Address: 3 W Nile St, Glasgow G1 2PR, United Kingdom

Contact details:  +44 141 221 1314

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 12 PM to 10 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 11 PM

Cost: ££

Bibimbap is named after the dish, obviously, and they serve it in hot stone bowls that make the rice crispy at the bottom. The place is modern and minimalist but with pops of colour and Korean decor.

Expect a vibe as vibrant as the food, with K-pop beats that add to the buzz (you can dance if that’s your jam—no judgment). The staff are super friendly and always ready to help you navigate the menu if you’re a bibimbap newbie.

Pro tip: If you’re looking to host a unique event, they offer their cool, contemporary space for private hire. Just be sure to book in advance because a place this cool is always in demand for private parties!

Kelvingrove Cafe


Address: 1161 Argyle St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8TB, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 221 8988

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 1 AM

Cost: ££

Kelvingrove Cafe has a wicked old-school American vibe, with plush leather booths and a bar. It’s got a relaxed atmosphere during the day, and then at night, it turns into the kind of spot where Gatsby would throw a party.

They’re famous for their insanely good cocktails—no kidding here, you’ve got to try them yourself!

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out their event calendar; they often host special tastings, masterclasses, and live music, which adds yet another layer to the atmosphere.

The Corinthian


Address: 191 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DA, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 552 1101

Operating hours: 

  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 3 AM
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 7 PM

Cost: ££

The Corinthian Club is all about luxury, from the glitzy chandeliers to the plush furniture. The ceiling alone is something out of a dream, decked out with elaborate plasterwork that kind of makes you feel like you’re at a Victorian banquet. 

And when I say this place serves up a vibe, I mean, you feel kind of royal just walking in. Their food offerings are a mix of Scottish and international flavours like moules frites, seabass, ricotta gnocchi, and even some Scottish and Continental cheeses.

Pro tip: You might want to swing by after hours and check out their Teller’s Bar or the Charlie Parkers. It’s their perfect spot for rounding off the night with a bit of flair.

Chaophraya Glasgow


Address: The Townhouse, Nelson Mandela Pl, Glasgow G1 2LL, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 320 0241

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 11 PM

Cost: £-££

Chaophraya is a Thai spot with a sleek interior and a Buddha statue, giving off major rooftop restaurant vibes even though you’re not, you know, on a roof. 

They’ve got all the Thai staples, like Pad Thai, gaeng panang, khao pad ka prao and even the famous mango sticky rice. 

And while the weather in Glasgow might not always be hot, the food here definitely turns up the temperature—literally, since most of it is spicy. Also, the view is brilliant; you can’t beat looking out over the city while feasting on some Pad Thai.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to ask for a window seat because that view is mint, especially at sunset.

Mowgli Glasgow


Address:  78 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5UB, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 345 2564

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11:30 AM to 10 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 11:30 AM to 11 PM

Cost: £-££

Mowgli is, yep, an Indian street food and wraps it up in a setting that’s straight out of a storybook—think “The Jungle Book”—but with better lighting and way more appetizing food options.

The decor features swings for seats—yes, an actual swing—and the food is all about sharing and nibbling on different flavours. It’s sort of like Indian tapas, if you will.

Pro tip: Mowgli’s swing seats are really cool; however, you can’t book them since it’s a first-come, first-served deal. So, it’s better to get there early if you’re aiming to snag those swings.

The Alchemist Glasgow


Address: Unit 2, George House, George Square, Glasgow G2 1EH, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 674 2394

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Friday – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 12 AM

Cost: £-££

The Alchemist Glasgow isn’t just about what’s on your plate; it’s about putting on a show. Inside, it’s dark, broody lighting with touches of copper and shelves stocked with curious bottles.

Their cocktails are more like a science experiment, with smoke, fizz, and flames galore. The food keeps up with the showy vibes, with some theatrical presentations and tastes to match.

Pro tip: Remember to join their cocktail masterclass if you’ve got the time. It’s a blast, and you’ll learn to recreate some of that magic at home.

Bar Soba – Mitchell Lane


Address: 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow G1 3NU, United Kingdom

Contact details: +44 141 204 2404

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 12 PM to 10 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 12 AM

Cost: £-££

Bar Soba serves up Pan-Asian dishes in a venue that’s a cross between a street market and a graffiti-splashed neon sign alleyway. It’s gritty in a polished way.

The food focuses on delish small plates and bigger mains that you can wash down with some tasty, inventive cocktails.

Pro tip: Don’t miss out on their Boozy brunch, where you’ll be able to enjoy any of their mains with four drinks included.

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