When it comes to a special occasion or enjoying a good night out without the prolonged "where to next?" conversations, it's brilliant to have a wee neighbourhood plan of action up your sleeve. A starter meet-up bar, the pub where you've got a good chance of getting a seat, an exciting restaurant, a speciality bar, a hangout place with good music later in the night... Finnieston is the place that offers all of the above within no more than a mere 200 metre stretch.
Most decent bars offer a good range of gins now, but if you've got some real gin aficionados within your group then heading to The Finnieston for a perfectly mixed gin cocktail is a good place to start. If whisky is more of what you're after then the Ben Nevis offers an excellent range of options. The mixologists at Kelvingrove Café and their evolving range of cocktails will have something for everyone. With bar space both upstairs and down, it's a great option for a group at the weekend. Rioja is a good option as an end a night bar, opening to 1am unlike most of the other bars in the street which close at midnight.
Finnieston is a seafood lovers paradise, with restaurants such as The Finnieston, The Gannet, Crabshakk and it's Table 11 off-shoot all offering some of the best food in the city. Though when it comes to a bold menu and range of flavours, the small plates offered by the Ox and Finch are incredibly tough to beat. Best book a couple of weeks in advance though... Happy exploring!