It’s all about the music of course but you can get very hungry exploring Glasgow’s vast live music scene: going underground and uphill, down side streets and along the river. But fortunately there are plenty of places to stop and rest and we’re delighted that two of our favourite venues are offering special deals on meals for Glasgow Music Tour explorers.

All you have to do is show the Glasgow Music Tour app or MP3 and you will get a delicious welcome in MacSorleys Music Bar and The Arches.


MacSorleys Music Bar, the Art Deco facade at 42 Jamaica Street, G1 4QG

MacSorleys Music Bar 

You are entitled to 10% discount off main meals in MacSorleys, a welcoming place where good food and music go hand in hand with a strong sense of community. We stop here at the end of the River Tour  (Route 2 on the audio tour)  and, as our guide Jim Gellatly says, you should pop inside because the fish and chips are famous.

But there are many other local and national delicacies on the menu (look for poached egg with asparagus spears, free range pork and chicken) and there is also often an interesting Jamaican twist as Fire in Babylon have a regular part to play in the kitchen on the last Sunday of the month. Click here for MacSorleys Summer Menu.

the arches entrance

The Arches entrance in 253 Argyle Street, G28DL

The Arches

From MacSorleys, one of Glasgow’s oldest pubs, Jim leads the way to newer underground venues. The Arches is the first stop on our Centre East Tour (Route 3) and a deceptively plain shop front leads to a labyrinth of creative activities beneath Central Station.

The Arches Café Bar and Restaurant  is currently offering 20% off meals for Glasgow Music Tourers. Again there is a strong focus on good Scottish fish and meat with an interesting range of vegetarian dishes (see salt baked beetroot, fine fish cakes and click here for The Arches Summer Menu).  It’s a great place to start a night out in Glasgow – and more often than not you will be staying for an event in these atmospheric underground vaulted spaces.

Glasgow Music Tour

Glasgow Music Tour explores one of the world’s greatest live music scenes and the whole tour covers more than five miles (it could burn a lot of calories!) so we have split it into four routes each lasting roughly an hour (still good exercise!).

You can download a package of four tours for smart phones or MP3 players. It is also available as four individual routes from GuidiGO, a new international platform for audio walking tours.