The clocks have changed and sadly the nights are getting shorter (Hello, darkness from 4pm- we’ve missed you! Not!) but as tempting as it is to retreat inside from the cold and curl up under a blanket, there is plenty of things to do in Glasgow this November. This month will see old and new events arrive in the city like the adorable sausage dog pup-up café and the latest outdoor activities such as GlasGLOW. So, it’s time to wrap up, explore the city and beyond, as well as tuck into some comforting food and drink- it’s the only way to do November in Glasgow. And to give you plenty of inspiration, check out our guide to the best things to do in Glasgow to make for an unbelievably fab November.
The cutest hangout spot for dogs is coming to Glasgow, and it’s especially for Dachshunds. The Dachshund Pup-Up Cafe will bring over 150 tiny sausage dogs together at Revolution Glasgow on November 5. There are going to be unlimited puppaccinos, dog treats, doggie props, and of, course, an overload of cuteness. It’s £15 for the dog-less and £9.50 for dachshund owners. However, while your doggie comes for free, you will still need to book them a wee ticket.
Known as one of the most iconic artists of the generation, the very best of Taylor Swift is coming to Glasgow this November– but not as you know it. Making up part of Fever’s best-selling Candlelight Concert series – which has taken up residence at the stunning Corinthian Club – fans will be able to immerse themselves in the famous songs like never before, with a number of the superstar’s biggest tracks in store for the special concert. Expect to sing along to Love Story, Anti-Hero, Wildest Dreams and You Belong With Me. Grab your tickets here.
Timber Valley Pods are available all year round for that much-needed quaint countryside getaway. Timber Valley Pods is nestled deep into the countryside around a thirty-five-minute drive from Glasgow, and 13 kilometres from Kilmarnock. The site consists of seven pods overlooking the fields, with each pod coming with a private hot tub, a barbecue and a fire pit. Visitors can also expect to witness plenty of wildlife, as well as farm animals, with bird songs being a regular soundtrack during the stay. So, Timber Valley Pods offer a calming getaway for those in need of a breather in the fresh Scottish air.
4. Dance in a club powered by body heat
From November, after three years of development and trials, nightclub SWG3 has finally introduced ground-breaking technology, which will see body heat generated by revellers converted into energy to power the venue. Yep, our minds are blown too. This Scotland first will mark a significant step forward towards reaching net zero in Glasgow. There are heaps of events and club nights to choose from at SWG3, and you can find the full list here to find what you fancy. Plus, the venue also hosts the beloved bingo rave Bongo’s Bingo!
Between October 27 and November 12, Glasgow Botanic Gardens will be transformed into the spooky world of the beloved Ghostbusters. The adventure trail will take up to 70 minutes, bringing chills and thrills to guests of all ages as well as some feel-good interactive light installations. This year, it will be reviving its famous Pumpkin Patch, Marshmallow Land and its street food village for those looking to fossil fuel up along the way.
6. Indulge in an award-winning burger at this top spot
El Perro Negro not only has drool-worthy burgers, but also has claimed some impressive awards and put Glasgow’s food scene further on the map. The laureate of National Burger Awards, the burger joint took away award such as Best Burger Of The Year. The Top Dog classic burger is a favourite for many, and even if you’ve been before, it’s always worth coming back. For guests who are after something simpler, they can still celebrate with a classic & cheese burger with caramelised onions, pickles and burger sauce, or vegetarians can feast on the Panko bean burger that comes with katsu mayo, Asian slaw and shredded gem.
Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch On tradition in George Square will continue this year, with festivities kicking off on Sunday, November 19. It looks like it’s going to be a night to remember, with singers, actors and comedians taking to the stage. Doors will be open from 4:30pm and the event will last until 7pm, allowing eventgoers some time to enter the square.
8. Tuck into some delicious ramen at Mikaku
Mikaku is a Japanese haven located on Queen Street, with beautiful traditional décor creating a wee getaway feel within Scotland’s friendliest city. Not only is it a gorgeous spot that transports anyone who walks into a cute Japanese neighbourhood, but the Japanese izakaya dining spot is also famous for its ramen and unique Japanese-inspired cocktails. In October, Mikaku saw massive queues as guests could grab a £1 ramen for lunch, and even the full-price food is reasonable for those visiting for the rest of the month.
Those were the days… Heading to the arcades and spending every penny with your best friends and maybe even getting a high score in. Well, NQ64 Glasgow has all of that to offer, with neon signs, vibrant décor and all the of famous games – including Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Tekken and newer classics such as Guitar Hero. If that wasn’t enough, the mega-cool spot will have its very own Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, N64 and an original Playstation. On top of that, guests can sip on a brand new menu of cocktails that was introduced by an internal staff competition: basically, whoever invented the best gaming-themed cocktails, got to keep it on the menu.
UK’s first Cowboy Strip Show is coming to delight Glasgow starting this November. The show is coming to Maggie’s Rock ‘n’ Rodeo, a freshly refurbished country-themed bar with a bull pit, live rock music every night and live sports. The Cowboy Strip Show is for over 18s only, kicking off on Saturday, November 11 and taking place every fortnight, loaded with plenty of men to be admired by cowgirls, cowgays and everyone in between.
An afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus? If you’re up to the challenge of eating while on the move while taking in the sights of our Glasgow, then this one is for you. Experience afternoon tea like never before with handmade sandwich selections, homemade baked goods and unlimited tea and coffee. The 90-minute tour will depart Shuttle Street and make its way towards Glasgow Cathedral, then head to the upmarket West End, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Transport Museum. You can get your tickets here.
12. Charm yourself with a smash-hit musical
This one is a true delight: Sunshine On Leith the musical is coming to King’s Theatre between October 31 – November 4, and we cannot wait. The show is soundtracked by The Proclaimers, offering a nostalgic heartfelt story of home, family and love. As the days are short and the nights are long, musical theatre is a tempting place for some healthy, heart-warming escapism.