Freedom is on the horizon this month.
The wait has been long and the weather ever-changing (but that’s Glasgow, right?) but this month could be our month. Finally! July brings hope and a possible return that’s closer to normality as we intend to enter Level 0. This month, we will see the return of some fun events in the city as well as new and exciting ones for us to get stuck into post-lockdown. So, make space in your diary as things are about to get busy with our guide to some of the best things to do this July in Glasgow.
1. Get a dose of culture at these Glasgow museums and galleries
More museums and galleries have reopened their doors boasting epic exhibitions and definitely a go-to destination for those rainy days in Glasgow. From football to the arts, architecture to design, Glasgow’s museums proudly showcase the rich heritage of the city and its inhabitants. Find out about scientific discoveries at Glasgow Science Centre or learn about Glasgow’s social history at the newly-reopened People’s Palace. Whatever type of cultural exploration you fancy, check out our guide to museums and galleries in Glasgow.
One of the most unique Candlelight venues so far, music fans will be able to experience the beautiful sounds of movie soundtracks played by incredibly talented musicians, all the while immersed in a stunning, candlelit environment on board The Tall Ship by Glasgow’s waterside. From Harry Potter to Titanic, there’s a fantastic programme in store – as well as a fully stocked bar to enjoy throughout the event. Get tickets here.
3. Watch the Euros at one of these brilliant Glasgow bars
Beer and footy on the big screen are back with the Euros 2020 now here- and it’s kicking off! With the sun making an appearance in beer gardens and newfound freedom, things are getting booked up ASAP. Whether you’re after multiple screens or a massive projector, craft beer or cocktails, post-match burgers or bowling- there’s a place in Glasgow to meet your needs. Check out our round-up of the best places to watch the Euros in Glasgow during July.
4. Get bowled over by this new space age-themed rooftop bar and disco bowling alley
One of the latest hotels to open in the city, YOTEL Glasgow, on Argyle Street is set to house new disco bowling alley, Vega, as well as a rooftop bar. Named after one of the brightest stars in the universe, the venue boasts views of the city and an interior inspired by Glasgow’s music scene and British pop culture with a ‘space-age’ vibe. Opening in mid-July, the bowling alley on the top floor of YOTEL is located opposite Glasgow Central station and will have four lanes featuring lane projections.
5. Try 20 different flavours of espresso martinis at this pop-up bar
Coffee and alcohol in a cocktail. What’s not to love? Insomnia Espresso Martini Bar has opened a pop-up specialising in the drink on in Glasgow, plus, you can make your way through trying there are 20 different flavours of espresso martinis. Maybe not all in the same day, but you’ve got the whole month to try them. The Insomnia Bar quite possibly has an espresso martini for everyone, from sweet sensations to more obscure concoctions. Whether it’s a date night or a good catch up over cocktails, get yourself here this July!
6. Get putting at this new crazy golf venue in Glasgow
Taking their love for the city, the creators of the popular adult-only entertainment chain Ghetto Golf are launching a new crazy golf course in Glasgow this July. The enormous 40,000-square-foot venue will mark the first venture under for the crazy golf chain’s new Big Fang Collective brand, which will bring some of the most recognisable aspects of the Ghetto Golf experience to Scotland, with a major focus on street food, music and art. Known as Golf Fang, the course has been designed to pay homage to Glasgow’s culture and renowned entertainment scene, by featuring a miniature replica of the iconic Old College Bar. Find out more about Golf Fang here.
7. Devour delicious desserts from this Glasgow shipping container during the warm weather
With temperatures in Glasgow gradually increasing, there are two things this calls for- an ice cold beer or dessert in the sunshine. Luckily, the wait is over for Glaswegians long as hospitality is making a comeback and one spot to add to your list of food and drink places to try is Ice Ice Baby. The shipping container-turned-dessert emporium will be serving up an insane menu featuring cookie dough, waffles, ice cream, shakes, sundaes and slushies. So get yourself down to Paisley, just outside of Glasgow, where Ice Ice Baby will be serving dreamy desserts to make your day extra cheerful.
Celebrating some of the greatest soul songs by Aretha Franklin, this month’s Candlelight Tribute events will see a highly talented jazz ensemble honour the beloved soul singer, under the roof of Òran Mór. The venue will be completely bathed in candlelight, providing an unbeatable atmosphere that’ll have you feeling on Cloud 9. Expect to hear covers of ‘Natural Woman’, ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Think’ and ‘Rock Steady’, plus more of Franklin’s greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. Tickets are on sale now here.
9. Stay in and watch Love Island
Feeling like more of a homebody right now? The past two months of socialising have taken it out of us – so we’re pretty pleased to hear that Love Island is back on screens, providing us with the perfect distraction. Tune in every night at 9pm on ITV2 if you fancy keeping up with the hype.
10. Sip on frozen Solero Exotic cocktails at this Glasgow bar
Glasgow bar, The Social, has conjured up this boozy version of the iconic ice lolly by blending vodka, Passoa, passionfruit, lime and vanilla, which can either be served frozen or straight up. Located at Royal Exchange Square, The Social has a number of refreshing cocktails to be enjoyed including this exotic drink dedicated to one of our favourite fruity ice lollies. But that’s not all when it comes to these tropical cocktails, as you can enjoy them as part of The Social’s infamous cocktail trees. Sit back and sip on these summer drinks whilst sat looking out at the square on the bar’s terrace, or even in their modern and sleek indoor restaurant featuring booths, neon lights and leather stools.
11. Sit back and watch a movie at one of these top independent cinemas
Cinemas are back! We may have got used to lounging in front of the telly at home but the comfy seats, popcorn-scented screening rooms and of course the big screen are things we’ve missed about the cinema. Whether you want to dive back into a cult classic at a small screen, check out an abstract movie from an up-and-coming filmmaker, or catch the latest Pixar installment, this city has got it all. Check out our guide to the best independent cinemas that Glasgow has to offer.
12. Eat at one of the best pizza restaurants in Europe
You needn’t have to book a flight to Naples (although a holiday to Italy would be nice) as some of the best pizza in Europe is right on our doorstep. Topping the list of the 50 best pizzas in Europe, Big7 officially ranked Paesano Pizza among some of the big dogs in the world, coming in behind the likes of three impressive pizza restaurants in Italy, that is considered to be the motherland of pizza. If that’s not a reason to grab a slice of this Glaswegian-made pizza, we don’t know what is!