About Advertise with us Get our newsletter
Facebook Twitter Instagram


Finnieston's quartet of trad music bars: The Ben Nevis; The Snaffle Bit; The Islay Inn; and the Park Bar.  Picture: Google
Finnieston's quartet of trad music bars: The Ben Nevis; The Snaffle Bit; The Islay Inn; and the Park Bar.Google

New tourism campaign puts Glasgow in the spotlight 

The Ben Nevis Bar, The Snaffle Bit, The Islay Inn and the Park Bar are must-visit places

Finnieston’s traditional music bars feature in a major new campaign to attract UK tourists to Glasgow.

The Ben Nevis Bar, The Snaffle Bit, The Islay Inn and the Park Bar are said to be must-visit places for music fans.

A 48-hour guide for music tourists sets out an itinerary of suggested places to stay and see, and things to do.

It says of offerings in the West End: “If you want to stumble upon trad and folk musicians jamming in Scottish bars, then head to Finnieston.

“Here you’ll find a quartet of Scottish bars that you can easily walk between … each known for their trad sessions and fine whisky selections.”

The information is hosted on the city’s premier tourism portal peoplemakeglasgow.com.

The site also contains listings on the city’s music venues.

It says of Òran Mór on Byres Road: “Housed in a former church, Òran Mór is a beautiful bar, restaurant and venue with ornate decor throughout.


“Enjoy live music with previous musicians having graced the stage including Amy Winehouse and The Proclaimers.”

Yorkhill venue SWG3 and Great Western Road bar The Hug and Pint are also listed.

James Bay at Òran Mór in February 2022.
James Bay at Òran Mór in February 2022.

The campaign ‘Glasgow: Music Nonstop’ has been developed by Glasgow Life’s destination marketing team.

Backed by £90,000 from VisitScotland’s Destination and Sector Marketing Fund, it aims to position Glasgow as a first-choice short break destination for music fans.

Pre-Covid, Glasgow hosted an average of 130 gigs and music events every week, contributing an estimated £75m each year to the city’s economy.

Digital and social media advertising will target visitors from across the UK, drawing people to the online guide and content.

Officials hope the drive will see an upturn in people coming to the city to experience its musical heritage.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow enjoys a global reputation as a live music hotspot.

"Our venues punch well above their weight internationally – our OVO Hydro is regularly named in the world’s top five arenas – and the passion and enthusiasm of our audiences is unrivalled.

“We’re also home to some outstanding tours and visitor experiences, which delve deep into our city’s vast musical legacy.


Glasgow enjoys a global reputation as a live music hotspot.

Councillor David McDonald


“It’s these credentials that make Glasgow a must-play destination for the world’s biggest artists and promoters, and it’s a major reason why visitors choose to come here.”

Jim Clarkson, Regional Leadership Director (West), VisitScotland, said: “The Destination and Sector Marketing Fund money awarded to Glasgow Life for Glasgow: Music Nonstop will help to accelerate the sustainable recovery of the tourism sector in the Glasgow City Region in the medium to long-term, helping to reach new audiences within the domestic market.”

Piero Marcuccilli, lead singer of Voodoos, who are part of the campaign, said: “From my time playing and attending gigs, I can safely say there’s no better place for a gig than Glasgow.

“The crowds are always electric and the atmosphere tops everywhere else in the UK – I’m sure even all the top artists would agree.

“There’s something different about Glasgow crowds and it’s one of the main things that inspired me to get into music.”

Share this story


  • LGSpace profile imagePlastic grass is one of the worst things you can put in your garden. Instead, let patches of grass grow long. It won't be long before you see all sorts of wildflowers appearing – and it boosts biodiversity too! Our guide to good grass: bit.ly/3liIFWv Twitter embedded image 8 hours ago by LGSpace
  • HSofG profile image🧹 We are looking to hire a number of school cleaners to work at our Junior School in Bearsden and Senior School in Anniesland. Interested❓❔ Visit our website to find out how to apply - highschoolofglasgow.co.u… #HSOGVacancies 12 hours ago by HSofG
  • StablesDean profile imageRing-necked Parakeet roost : 47 birds in 2 trees along the F&C, by Maryhill Rd/Collina St flats. 1 day ago by StablesDean
  • oxfamgb profile imageYou’ll know that major earthquakes have devastated regions of northern Syria, southern Turkey and surrounding areas. Right now, Oxfam together with local partner organisations need your support to reach people affected by the disaster. 1 day ago by oxfamgb
  • JGBS profile imageMissing 11-year-old Kaitlyn Easson found safe and well. 1 day ago by JGBS
  • laurajwilkie profile image@HelpMusicians quiz in Glasgow this THURSDAY ! At the record factory on byres road! Will be a fun night for a brilliant cause. Please share! ☀️ Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by laurajwilkie
  • mrandysummers profile imageGood morning from #Glasgow #Glesca #Glasvegas 😊☀️ Twitter embedded image 2 days ago by mrandysummers
  • drlauracariola profile imageGood morning #westend Glasgow Twitter embedded image 2 days ago by drlauracariola
  • GlasgowWEToday profile imageTrain window sunrise. #monday #glasgow Twitter embedded image 2 days ago
  • RCunningham_MMM profile image🏔️ A reminder today on Slioch, a mountain in the North West Highlands, that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🙌
    2 days ago by RCunningham_MMM

Get our newsletter

Glasgow West End Today Loading