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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Glasgow/Lanarkshire

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Glasgow/Lanarkshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Glasgow - Bucks Bar West Regent St restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4668)
£25 and under
American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
The best free range buttermilk fried chicken you've ever tasted!
Buck's Bar is a rock’n’roll bar specialising in authentic buttermilk fried chicken, seriously addictive Nashville hot chicken, cocktails, beers and bourbon.

Indoor and outdoor seating available to book

Live music Saturday's - 8:30pm - 10:30pm
40% off selected cocktails Monday - Wednesday
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Staff were so efficient and friendly, the place was packed but still very attentive. The food was incredible for somewhere soo busy it was perfection chicken. Loved the vibe and can’t wait to return
A photo of Thundercat Pub & Diner restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2657)
£25 and under
American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Glasgow City centre pub and diner specialising in deep dish pizza pies and American staples.
Thundercat’s head chef Yvonne Noon is passionate about the food served in America’s diners, pubs and dive bars.
Having travelled the length and breadth of the USA, Yvonne and the team behind Buck’s Bar now bring those authentic flavours and recipes to Glasgow.
Open for Brunch, lunch and dinner til late.
Thundercat also sells local draught beers, cocktails and shakes. Drinks promos every day.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Chicken wings were out of this world 😂 best ever Table was slightly small but mayb because we ordered so much food lol
A photo of Glasgow Bucks Bar - Trongate restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2634)
£25 and under
American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Chicken Liquor Rock N Roll

The best buttermilk fried chicken you have ever tasted!
Buck's is a rock’n’roll bar specialising in authentic buttermilk fried chicken, seriously addictive Nashville hot chicken, cocktails, beers and bourbon.

We are wheelchair accessible - please let us know if you need wheelchair access or room for a pram when booking your table, to allow our team to find you the most suitable table!

We have live music every Saturday.

We are dog friendly, children under 18 until 10pm and veggie/vegans options available!

Please note;

Sun-Thur, bookings after 9.45pm are for DRINKS only.

Fri/Sat bookings after 10pm are for DRINKS only.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
First ever time visiting Bucks bar and can honestly say we were blown away!! The food was unreal. Size of the portions were insane, and the service was top notch, we will 100% be back for a visit in the near future. Highly recommend! Thanks guys until next time.
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4.7
4.7 (329)
£25 and under
American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Cask Ales | Big Burgers | Dirty Fries | Craft Beer | | Homespun Cocktails | Electric Darts

We love a hearty meal and a few tipples to wash it down with – if that sounds like your jam then this is the place for you.

Our craft beer and cask ales change on the weekly! Ask your server for more details.

ELECTRIC DARTS: We’ve taken the classic pub game and turned it into a new social phenomenon. Introducing: Electric Darts. Grab a few friends and compete with them on one of our electric dartboards. Select Electric Darts when booking.

🧒 Under 18s welcome until 9pm
🐶 Dog-friendly
🎯 Darts Ochey bookings available
🏃 Walk-ins welcome
🍹 Bookings for food & drink and just drinks welcome
📅 Contact us directly for bookings of 8 or more
Top review
Gaz1994vip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Another good afternoon in the Raven The food is great quality. The best asset is the staff who are really friendly and welcoming. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a dog friendly pub.
A photo of Glasgow - Bucks Bar Southside restaurant
4.7
4.7 (669)
£25 and under
American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bucks Bar Southside. We look forward to welcoming you

The best free range buttermilk fried chicken you've ever tasted!
New to Glasgow Southside, Buck's is a rock’n’roll bar specialising in authentic buttermilk fried chicken, seriously addictive Nashville hot chicken, cocktails, beers and Bourbon.

40% Off Selected Cocktails Monday -Wednesday
weekly offers
www.bucksbar.co.uk
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food, drinks and service. Will definatly visit again
A photo of The Smokin Fox restaurant
4.6
4.6 (458)
£25 and under
Scottish
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Reservations are for food bookings only – all drinks are first come, first served.

Not trying too hard, not overly complicated, and EXACTLY what you are looking for; our menu is the fox's knees. We have got a great selection of Scottish beers on tap, and have recently created an extensive cocktail menu for you to sip on while you catch up with friends. From the kitchen, you can expect feel good pub dishes with a twist made from fresh, seasonal ingredients – we think yer granny would even approve!

Foxes might not be great at sports (it’s hard when you can’t even wear shoes) but that doesn’t stop us from watching all the big games! We have all Sky Sports & BT channels so can show everything from the Scottish Premiership & International Football to the Grand National and Wimbledon. Swing by, pull up a pew and catch all of the action.
Top review
CatherineM
Dined 1 day ago
Great service and dinner last night. The young female server was very friendly and helpful. Looking forward to visiting again!
A photo of The Spiritualist Glasgow restaurant
4.5
4.5 (787)
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Glasgow
About the restaurant
The Spiritualist is an enticingly elegant cocktail bar and restaurant with a touch of cool. Located in the centre of Glasgow, we're the perfect place to relax with friends and family over cocktails and small plates.

We’re proud to hold Scotland’s greatest bar gantry. But don’t just take our word for it. Come and see the unrivaled selection of cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, wines and craft beers for yourself!

🧒 Under 18s welcome until 8pm
🍲 Bar bites menu available Wed – Fri all day, Sat – Sun from 3pm
🥞 Boozy Brunch available Thu – Sun 12pm-3pm
🏃 Walk-ins welcome
🍹 ‘Just Drinks’ bookings welcome
🍽️ Kitchen closes at 9pm
📅 Contact us directly for bookings of 8 or more
Top review
LornaM
Dined 1 day ago
We had drinks with friends yesterday. The Spiritualist is our go to place when we are heading into Glasgow. We love the decor, the ambience, the smell is unreal, the choice of cocktails and drinks but above all the service is superb. The person who handled our booking and showed us to our table was very warm and welcoming. Would recommend to anyone to book.
A photo of Van Winkle restaurant
4.4
4.4 (419)
£25 and under
American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Welcome to Van Winkle, we look forward to serving you. We’ve sampled food all across the USA but our heart fell in love with the taste of classic BBQ and Grill dishes from Kentucky. Comfort food for the soul and incredible flavours.

Serving the largest selection of Bourbons in Scotland along with an awesome array of beers, wine and cocktails.

All our food is locally sourced, using on the highest quality products and prepared fresh, in house at Van Winkle.

We are in a great location, opposite the Barrowland Ballroom. Easy access from the City Centre or the East End.

Don't forget our hidden gem, The Jack Daniels Beer Garden, a great spot to enjoy a beer or two.

We offer a sit in, takeaway and home delivery service.

We are partnered with Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats for takeaway or you can order online for collection at www.vanwinkle.co.uk
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Friendly staff, good food and great vibes. Will be back
A photo of Sacred Garden Rooftop Glasgow restaurant
4.4
4.4 (31)
£26 to £40
Mediterranean
Merchant City
About the restaurant
A one-of-a-kind rooftop “Garden of Eden” designed to bewilder.

Lose yourself as you discover tantalising bites, drinks and delights all through the day and late into the night.

Brought to you by House of Gods x
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Hidden away you wouldnt think you were in a city, lovely chilled atmosphere, cocktails were amazing, highly recomend.
A photo of El Santo restaurant
4.3
4.3 (464)
£26 to £40
Latin American
Glasgow
About the restaurant
Welcome to El Santo, the pulsating heart of Latin American culture & cuisine in the heart of Glasgow! Experience an explosion of flavours at our casual luxury dining venue, with a tantalising menu of small, shareable dishes, transporting you on a gastronomical adventure across Latin America.

As the sun sets, the rhythm of our bar & dance floor takes over. Every Thursday at 7:30 pm, let live music serenade your evening in El Santito Speakeasy. Immerse yourself in the irresistible beats of our DJs and the fiery passion of our dancers every Friday & Saturday! Our Saturdays are truly special, featuring Live Entertainment from 4 pm!

Discover the allure of our El Santito Speakeasy, available for private events that can be fully customised to meet your specific needs. Experience the magic and create unforgettable memories at El Santito!

Book now and experience the exotic vibrancy and mouth-watering delights of Latin America at El Santo. ¡Te esperamos ansiosos!
Top review
PghFoodLover1vip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I highly recommend it and I will be back.
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