5 of the best pubs in Glasgow's Finnieston

Nestled between the city centre and the heart of the west end, Finnieston has become one of the most popular areas for a night out in Glasgow.

Published 30th Jan 2018
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

With the hippest restaurants and its proximity to the SSE Hydro Arena giving it access to some of the best gigs, people regularly flock the area, thankfully it's also home to some of the city's best bars.

Here are five of our favourites:

Lebowskis West

(1008 Argyle St, G3 8LX)

pubs in Glasgow's Finnieston
Picture: Lebowskis West

This drinking den and ode to the Coen Brother's movie of the same name is the best place to go in the city for a White Russian - and that's not just like, our opinion man... it's pretty much everyone's view.

It also has a pretty excellent array of other drinks and of course some truly epic burgers and live entertainment on some nights, making it one of the most fun places to be any night of the week.

The Finnieston

(1125 Argyle St, G3 8ND)

pubs in Glasgow's Finnieston
Picture: The Finnieston

Split between a roaring trade in award-winning cocktails and satisfying the huge demand for their delightful dishes, The eponymous bar is the place to go for those in the know when it comes to Glasgow’s food and drink scene.

Gin is the name of the game here and the Finnieston team pride themselves on being one of the best places to go in the city for the a gin cocktail with over 60 brands of gin residing on their gantry.

The Kelvingrove Cafe

(1161 Argyle Street, G3 8TB)

pubs in Glasgow's Finnieston
Picture: Kelvingrove Cafe on Facebook

Mal Spence's Victorian style drinking palace is widely considered to be the best place in Glasgow to go for a cocktail.

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On a seasonal rotation – the mixologist creations here include a variety of bizarre and unique ingredients such as caramel popcorn – meaning there’s always something new to discover on a menu that constantly shifts, while wines and beers are sourced from small vineyards and local breweries giving the whole place a local feel.

Ben Nevis

(1147 Argyle Street, G3 8TB)

pubs in Glasgow's Finnieston
Picture: Ben Nevis Facebook

Long before the hipsters and mixologists arrived in Finnieston, the area's Highland and Island themed pubs were a huge draw for Highlanders living in or visiting the city and the Ben Nevis (along with some other more traditional pubs further up Argyle Street) are the legacy of that.

A cracking little Highland bar in the middle of the city, the Ben Nevis is a hub for great drams, pints and of course live folk music.

The Dirty Duchess 

(1038 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8LX)

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pubs in Glasgow's Finnieston
Sample the Babu-tastic Brunch at the Dirty Duchess. Picture: DD Facebook

The recently opened Duchess of Argyle is now the newly opened Dirty Duchess after a refurb by owners Kained Holdings who have teamed up with Badaboom Bars to launch Finnieston's newest drinking den.

Promising beers, cocktails and delightful dishes by pop-up cooks Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, the Duchess offers some pretty decent drinks promos Sunday to Wednesday which will change weekly.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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