The Southside doesn’t compete with the West End. It’s the cooler, edgier younger sibling; as unexpected as the West is lofty, and the offerings just keep on getting better. Whether you’re a southsider through and through or planning a wee daytrip from other parts, you’ll want to check out our list of the best picks of bars, restaurants and cafés “Sooside”  of the Clyde.

Agenda 87

Glasgow bar restaurant southside
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Might be new kids on the block, but my goodness are they off to a good start. Hot on the heels of their 11 hour party, all those who missed out are keeping an ear to the ground for the next big event. In the meantime, expect quality food, the late night bar that Shawlands always deserved and resident DJs on tap. Food wise – what’s on the agenda? Fusion street food with a Scottish twist (coming soon), and of course all the traditional pub classics will remain. A personal GlasgowLiving favourite is the delicious and flavorful Chicken Teriyaki with Firecracker Rice.

The Rum Shack

The Rum Shack South Glasgow Restaurant Bar
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This funky little number offers musical and foodie delights which were made to be washed down with a spicy rum or two. Think a varied menu (a few veggie options, and the menu states that a vegan diet can be accommodated for) and a buzz as warm as the rum cocktails.

Café Strangebrew

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Image: Café Strangebrew Facebook

What’s so strange about it? Unique might be the better word. Awarded Scotland’s Best Newcomer last year, and the only way is up for this super cool Pollokshaws Road spot. The brunch is to die for and they do it so well. If you’ve not been already, get yer skates on. Plus… exciting things are in the pipeline as the Café ups shop and moves across the street to make way for even more delights, Julie’s Street Kitchen is coming and will be moving in to a permanent spot! More deets as we get it…

Black Dove

Image: Black Dove Facebook
Image: Black Dove Facebook

Looking for a dinner date destination? Check out Black Dove in Shawlands. The setup is a mix of small plates, so you can enjoy a variety of tastes and flavours and perhaps even get a little adventurous with your choices should you so wish. Plus… the cocktails. Are amazing. That is all.


Glasgow South Restaurant
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Clarkston’s little slice of Italy has enjoyed a lot of success since opening up 3 years ago. They now enjoy a reputation based on delicious, authentic food, a warm and friendly welcome and their homebaked breads and pizza bases made with the best ingredients… we can almost smell the basil and tomatoes just thinking about it. Add it to your list and you won’t be disappointed.

Malaga Tapas

Spanish Restaurant Glasgow South
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From Italy to Spain, it does seem like the Southsiders are on to something when it comes to sunshine-inspired dining. Malaga Tapas offer the staple Spanish dishes as well as classically enormous paella pans and a wine list to match. Bring all your seafood loving friends (and everyone else – but especially seafood) and tuck in!

Sapori d’Italia

Glasgow Restaurant Italian
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If you find yourself in Mount Florida, this is the dinner destination you won’t want to miss. Offering food to sit in and takeaway, this family-run restaurant prides itself on excellent food, a comfortable spot to sit and the perfect place for a good old catch up over a few pizzas and bowls of pasta. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?