GLASGOW has always been one of the UK's biggest music venue hotspots.

From the Hydro to Hampden, the O2 to the Barrowlands some of the biggest stars have flocked to the city's stages throughout the years.

But some of the best locations to catch a live performance are the smaller venues scattered across the city.

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These are the 11 best bars in Glasgow to catch live music:

King Tuts

It's probably the most well-known live music bar in the city and there's a reason for that. The St Vincent Street pub has seen some megastars perform there in their early days.

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The Trongate pub hosts live music several nights a week in both its basement and upstairs locations.


Perhaps one of the more quirky venues on our list, Stereo hosts an upstairs vegan cafe and a downstairs performance space for live music.

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13th Note

The King Street venue is also a fan of the vegan lifestyle and can hold 100 people within its basement location. It also hosts song writing nights.

The Howlin' Wolf

Famous for its blues performances, this bar hosts a southern US themed menu and decor to take you right back to the blues era. You can find it on Bath Street.

Evening Times: Scotia Bar, Stockwell street, Glasgow. Photograph by Colin Mearns.

The Scotia Bar

It's said to be the oldest pub in the city, dating back as far as the 18th century. But the Stockwell Street pub still holds a place in the modern music industry, with performances from some of the countries biggest names regularly taking place here.


This Bell Street pub has a little bit of everything, from music to comedy and everything in between, there's always something going on in this pub.


It's a favourite Bath Street haunt for students and it's known to attract several alternative acts. A must for anyone looking to mix it up a bit, or who fancies some good pub food.

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This 19th century ale house is famous for its open mic nights and live music. What's not to love about this Jamaica Street venue?

The Flying Duck

The Renfield Street cafe and bar can be a little tricky to find for first-timers but regulars swear by its good food and variety of live acts.

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Molly Malone's

If you pop inside this Hope Street venue you'll find good, hearty pub meals and an array of live music taking place regularly at weekends.