There are nearly 600,000 people living in Glasgow and that means two things. Firstly, it’s one of the liveliest cities in the UK, with a nightlife that reflects its size. Secondly, it means there is always someone around looking to get laid. Glasgow hookups are all but a sure thing, as long as you know where to find them.
We don’t want to come off as naive. We know it’s not always easy to find a fling on the regular in this city. So many of the bars here are dull or half-empty. Meanwhile, for every decent hookup app on the market, there are a dozen just ripping you off. In a city with so many willing singles, it can be a frustrating place to strikeout.
There’s no reason you should ever have to. Whether you’re in the West End or out in Easterhouse, someone’s always up for a shag (this isn’t Mugdock). To help you figure out where all the sexy singles are hanging out, we did the research. Thanks to some local help, we compiled the following list of the best Glasgow hookup bars, sites and apps.
With this list, you should be equipped to make every night out a great one. Comment below to let us know if we’ve left any of your favourite options off the list.
Is a night out ever truly complete if you’re going home alone? If you say no, you’ll want to keep this list of the best Glasgow hookup sites, bars and apps handy.
Glasgow doesn’t have enough places where you can get an excellent cocktail and enjoy good music. Sure, there are plenty of music venues, but the drink selection is usually subpar or overpriced. Ever since 2003, Blue Dog on West George Street has made it its mission to fill this need. And it’s still doing it, mostly alone, to this day.
Designed around the New York piano bar aesthetic, Blue Dog is here to soundtrack your night out. With cool jazz playing in the air and exquisitely crafted cocktails in hand, this bar will make your date hot. Of all the Glasgow hookup bars, few can claim to be this hip or chilled out. This is how a night out in Glasgow should always feel.
We’re very open about our enjoyment of hookup sites and apps. What’s not to enjoy? Like-minded people finding each other for sexual healing without any baggage. It’s why the internet was invented. In fact, in the early days of the web, one site was the first to realize the potential. Now, that site has been the most established hookup site for over a decade.
We’re obviously talking about Adult FriendFinder, the site that annually crushes our rankings of our favourite hookup apps and sites. With more than 90 million active users, AFF doesn’t have any competition in terms of scope. With its dedication to hookups – and nothing else – it has become the go-to destination for horny singles around the globe.
Do you have a specific type? You can search for that. Need someone who’s close by? You can search for that too. Have particular kinks? You guessed it, there’s a search function for that. This website has an amazing user experience, even better than most apps. Whether you’re on your computer or your phone, AFF is the tool to use.
What really sets AFF apart is the variety of users. With 90 million people, you can count on finding people of all looks, sizes and sexual preferences. You don’t have to be a model to get laid, nor do you have to be super young. Men and women in their 30s (and much older) are all over Adult FriendFinder. There’s a reason most users say they would be fine never using another site or app ever again. Glasgow hookup sites don’t come any better.
Over at the Lorne Hotel in Finnieston, Bilberry Cocktail Bar is making sure Glaswegians drink with style. Plush, velvet chairs and subdued lighting creates the perfect lounge atmosphere for a quiet, intimate night of cocktails and conversation. With a stocked bar full of liquors from around the world, this is a bar for locals and visitors alike.
Bilberry’s mix of classic and original cocktails, as well as their extensive wine list, make for a drinker’s nirvana. At the same time, the sensual backdrop turns every date or sexy encounter into a thrilling rendezvous. We can’t think of a sexier room for initiating Glasgow hookups, and that’s high praise indeed.
At some point, every bloke figures out that the best sex is with a woman of experience. You can keep your college students; we prefer our women a little bit older. For guys in their 20s who have a thing for women 35 and older, there’s only one option: Cougar Life. Not only is it the best app for meeting older women, it’s one of the best Glasgow hookup apps period.
With more than seven million active users globally, Cougar Life has established itself as the biggest app of its kind. It’s not just about the numbers, though. It’s also a high-quality app with users in cities all over the UK and an excellent user interface. You can search for someone ready to meet up tonight, and you’ll be alerted whenever anyone views your profile.
For women, this app is a bloody miracle. Think of all the professional women who don’t have time for bar lounging. Then there’s the stigma that they face if they approach a younger man. It can be especially embarrassing if they get rejected. For all those reasons, too many of the hottest cougars stay home. For younger and older guys alike, that’s a huge disappointment. The best sex of their life is nowhere to be found.
Thanks to Cougar Life, that’s no longer an issue. Men of all ages can find women 35 and up just waiting for a fling. This app is so unmatched, it’s topped our annual review of the best cougar apps and sites three years running. You would have to be out of your mind to not give it a try.
If you’ve been holding off on pursuing older women because you’re intimidated by them, we can help. Our course on dating women over 30 will boost your confidence and set you up to make great first impressions. After that, Cougar Life will be your new best friend. Get out there and give your sex life a jolt.
Sometimes you need to take a break from the alcohol. No one is more surprised to see us say that than ourselves, but it’s true. Hitting up the bar is always a good time, but it’s nice to slow things down with a hot drink. An afternoon in the coffee house is a great way to clean out the system and maybe even meet someone.
The Steamie Café on Argyle Street in the West End is our personal favourite spot for a fine espresso drink. It’s the kind of locale you can hang in all day without feeling like a squatter. They have a nice menu (with vegan options, if that’s your taste) and regular patrons. Put down the pint, pick up a mug and maybe get a number or two.
Are you looking for something a little different while trying out some new ways to get laid tonight? Maybe something a wee naughty but very sexy? Well, before you do that, head to the Riding Room on Virginia Street (the Joint on the Corner). Glasgow’s premier cabaret and burlesque bar also mixes fantastic drinks that put patrons in the right mood.
Every night of the week, there’s something entertaining going on at the Riding Room. If burlesque and cabaret aren’t your things, there’s always magic shows (you freak). If you’re looking for a drink with a real kick, they even serve absinthe. It’s always a great night out at the Riding Room, and a better night in once you leave.
We stand by our favourite sites and bars up above, but we also know variety is the spice of life. If you’re never satisfied with the regularity of your Glasgow hookups, consider these extra options to keep you busy.
What is your preferred night out? An intimate piano bar? A sophisticated cocktail lounge? Or maybe you prefer drinking in a sunny courtyard. What if you can’t decide when you head out the door? Then you can always head over to The Metropolitan in Merchant Square for the all-in-one experience.
It’s true, The Metropolitan is a massive bar and restaurant that wants to be all things to all people. There can be drawbacks to a bar without a distinct identity, especially on a date. This spot makes up for those, though, with great drinks and excellent food. If you’re having a hard time deciding where to take your evening companion, come here and let them decide.
Is there anything we can say about Tinder that will be news to you? Odds are better than great that you’ve already tried this app. Any of you at the University of Glasgow or the Royal Conservatoire are likely swiping through profiles right now. In terms of Glasgow hookup apps, there aren’t any that could claim to have Tinder’s cultural saturation. Being well-known isn’t the same as being effective, though.
Tinder is simple, popular and has been downloaded by essentially every Millennial and Gen Zer in the world. For a certain segment of our readers, Tinder is absolutely the best hookup app. For one thing, it has the most attractive users of any app or site. It’s also the app on which you’ll find the most people in their 20s searching for flings.
For those reasons, Tinder is amazing if you also happen to be really attractive and younger than 29. The only guys who get much attention on this app are the absolute best-looking ones. Which is to say, if you can’t compete in the top 15% of men on this app, you’ll be disappointed. One unflattering picture and the women are going to swipe right by you.
Speaking of the women on Tinder, they are blazing hot. The hens in the top 50% of looks get the most attention, though almost all ladies at least get matches. For the absolute sexiest women on Tinder, the app is essentially nothing more than a compliment machine. They rarely even bother to respond to matches or send a first message.
The creators of Tinder know what their app is best used for, but they’re looking to expand the brand. They’ve been trying to move more towards emphasizing the dating aspect of the app. That’s all well and fine, but for the hottest among us, Tinder remains the best bet for Glasgow hookups.
Irish pubs and beer gardens don’t generally meet. Irish pubs have always been a refuge from the weather outside, somewhere to escape the rain and enjoy a pint. Meanwhile, the beer garden is all about being outside, reveling in the sunshine with friends and buckets of beer. Two great tastes that rarely go together.
Jinty McGuinty’s Irish Bar knows if you like two things, you might as well have them at the same time. Inside, it’s always Guinness Time, with live music and all the friendliness you’d expect from the Irish. When the sun is shining though, you can take your crew and your drinks to the beer garden. Either way, you’re having a good time, and that’s what a hookup bar is all about.
We generally avoid the chain bars as they tend to cater to clueless tourists and amateur drinkers. But we have to admit, Missoula over in Merchant City has won us over. The bar has an elegant design: comfortable without the scuzz of a local or the generic vibes of a pub. It’s also got a pretty decent food menu if you’re looking for a bite.
Of course, the main draw for us is the evening hours when the crowds get younger and sexier. Missoula gets people on the dance floor every weekend with a mix of DJs and party nights. It doesn’t quite have the raw sexual energy of a dance club, but it’s still a surprisingly fun night out. Give it a try; you might just add it to your regular rotation for Glasgow hookups.
The grocery store: a necessity, a chore and an hour out of your day. Going to your local grocer is rarely thought of as a fun outing. It’s the place where you do your errands and get out as soon as you can. Maybe it’s time to think of it differently. After all, the grocery store also happens to be a social hub.
Whenever we go to Locavore on Victoria Road (we like healthy food, believe it or not), we dress up. No, we don’t mean wearing a suit, but we do mean dressing to impress. Your local grocery store is always filled with pretty hens. Why waste an opportunity to get acquainted with someone new? Keep your eyes open; Glasgow hookups can start anywhere.
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