Student Guide 2016: Best bars in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Student Guide 2016: Best bars Edinburgh and Glasgow

The Hanging Bat

All bar none: where to drink and be merry in the city

We boldly go where many students have gone before: to the bar. Here, we round up some of the best watering holes in Edinburgh and Glasgow, whether you're after alcoholic ice-cream or just a half-decent pint...


Pear Tree
38 West Nicolson Street
With one of the biggest beer gardens in town, this a go-to spot on those rare days of Scottish sunshine. The beer garden is renowned for being one of the best places to relax with a pint, and there's often live music too.

Hoot the Redeemer
7 Hanover Street
There's a definite element of surprise at Hoot. With alcoholic ice-cream, a cocktail-mixing game, cartoons on the walls and old cinema chairs to perch on, it's really just a big kids' playground. Make sure you save us a scoop.

Andrew Usher & Co
32b West Nicolson Street
Known to showcase beer from the students of Heriot Watt, Usher's has gained a good rep among young beer drinkers. Generous student discounts also mean that dinner may be on the cards, if you're feeling hungry.

Paradise Palms
41 Lothian Street
Paradise Palms takes it back to the 80s like no other bar in town. Artificial plants, neon signs and old cuddly toys create a retro setting to enjoy their creative food and drinks menu. Happily, their cocktails are first-rate too.

3 Robertson's Close, Cowgate
With cheap food and drink, a popular mid-week pub quiz and DJs playing until late, Pilgrim has all the right components for the start of a good night out in the heart of the Old Town. VIP Pilgrims get great discount deals, too.

The Hanging Bat
133 Lothian Road
This place has beer, beer, a bit of meat, and some more beer. The drinks menu boasts a range of 58 bottles and cans, and there's always a wide selection of ales and craft brews on tap. Food-wise, think American BBQ: pork, ribs, and a good choice of hotdogs.


Hillhead Bookclub
17 Vinicombe Street
Cocktails here are an absolute steal at around six quid a pop, and if there's a few of you, tuck into a punch-filled gramophone for £18. There are also retro computer games and ping pong tables upstairs.

421 Sauchiehall Street
Known for their mighty fine White Russians, a diverse lineup of live music and screening the odd film, Nice'n'Sleazy isn't the naff joint its name suggests. They serve a wonderful Indian hangover brekkie too.

The Flying Duck
142 Renfield Street
This bar-club has everything you could want from a night out, from food and drink to clubs, gigs and events, as well as a weekly alternative pub quiz. Look out for small batch gins, a strong wine selection and, of course, beer.

The Rum Shack
657–659 Pollokshaws Road
With tempting BBQ aromas filling the room, popping in here just for a swift half is tricky. But why the rush? Sit in the colourful beer garden, order some jerk chicken and try their classic Red Leg and apple.

Bank Street Bar
52–54 Bank Street
Just over the road from the University of Glasgow, Bank Street is a popular choice for drinks after lectures, breakfast before lectures and lunch in between. Most cocktails and pizzas are £5, so Bank won't break the bank.

117 Bath Street
At lunchtime, Bloc+ caters to hordes of hungry office workers, and a few hours later they start dispensing tipples to the late-night revellers. It's affordable, lively and has fantastic food deals from Monday to Friday.