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May 1, 2014

With bars and restaurants lining every street, the slick and vibrant Merchant City has become synonymous with Glasgow nightlife.

From traditional Scottish pubs such as Rab Ha’s to slick cocktail bars like Metropolitan, every taste is catered for.

We believe the best start to a night out is by enjoying good food with good company. So here’s our recommendations of top ten places to start your Merchant City night out.


Maybe the most spectacular restaurant setting in Glasgow, take someone you want to impress to Arta. We asked Arta why you should start your Merchant City night out in their restaurant and they gave us these reasons:

  • Brilliant 5pm tapas deals, including a couples offer with wine and a pre theatre deal with pink cava.

  • A 20% a la carte discount.

* Piano Fridays where pianist Michelle Elli plays songs from all eras including Marilyn Monroe and Pixie Lott. The perfect start to the weekend.

£29 per couple for 6 tapas + wine or £13.50 per person for 3 tapas or a 20% a la carte discount in Arta when booking on 5pm.

Boteco Do Brasil

Mardi Gras celebrations in Boteco Do Brasil

No one knows how to party quite like the Brazilians and entering Boteco Do Brasil you might mistakenly think you have ended up in one of Rio’s liveliest bars. With regular live music, Brazilian dancers, and the party to end all parties at carnival time, a night in Boteco is sure to be memorable. And we can’t think of a better place to watch the 2014 World Cup.

£15 for 2 courses + Prosecco or £10 for 3 tapas + wine or 20% a la carte discount in Boteco Do Brasil when booking on 5pm.


Glasgow’s stylish Metropolitan

Catering to Glasgow’s most beautiful, Metropolitan serves modern Scottish food in an uber stylish setting. Stay behind after your meal to indulge in the champagne bar or a cocktail on the balcony with views of Merchant Square.

£29.95 2 person offer + bottle of wine or £22 for 2 courses on a la carte menu in Metropolitan when booking on 5pm.

Maggie May’s

Enjoy a night out in Maggie May’s

According to Maggie May’s “you could go to there for a bowl of soup at 11am and emerge at 3am the next day having been well fed and watered, watched a band and danced your socks off.” They are right but make sure you set aside time for dinner -burgers are their speciality.

£15 for 2 courses + wine or £12.95 for 2 courses at Maggie May’s when booking on 5pm.

Mansion House

Mansion House

Superclub Mansion House has all the ingredients for an epic night out – a comedy club, disco, private party room and karaoke. Start your night with tasty pub grub or traditional Scottish fare in their Merchants Bar or Glasserie restaurant.

£15 2 person offer or a £12 for 2 courses + drink at Mansion House when booking on 5pm.

Rab Ha’s

Traditional Scottish fare in Rab Ha’s.

If a cosy pub is more your thing, start your night in Rab Ha’s. Named after a famous Glasgow glutton, enjoy traditional Scottish pub hearty fare beside an open fire.

£11.95 for 2 courses on market menu in Rab Ha’s when booking on 5pm.

Committee Room Number 9

Sample the malt and beer menus at Committee Room Number 9.

Serving British pub grub in a relaxed venue, start your night in Committee Room Number 9 for the malt menu and range of beers from around the world.

30% main menu discount in Committee Room Number 9 when booking on 5pm.


Start your night out at the stylish Bacchus.

A contemporary bar in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City, Bar Bacchus is the perfect meeting spot for a couple of drinks and the chance to explore a varied menu which aims to serve restaurant food at bar prices.

£9.95 for 2 courses on set menu in Bacchus when booking on 5pm.


Boudoir is the epitome is sophistication.

From its 12 page wine list to jazz piano entertainment, Boudoir is the perfect start to a sophisticated night out. Snack on antipasti platters, including cheese and Charcuterie plates.

£12.95 for smoke salmon offer + fizz or £21.95 per couple for antipasti + wine or £5.45 for Prosecco + cake at Boudoir when booking on 5pm

Wild Cabaret

A dining experience unlike anywhere else.

Featuring live cabaret entertainment as you dine, the recently opened Wild Cabaret offers a night out unlike anywhere else you’ll fine in Glasgow. Enjoy a locally sourced seasonally changing menu in opulent surroundings.

£24.50 for 2 courses on set menu or £12.50 per couple for sharing plates from Wild Cabaret when booking on 5pm.

For more Merchant City dining offers check out our Piece of my City Merchant City page.