Glasgow’s Quirkier Event Scene

We really are spoiled for choice in Glasgow as every month, the city plays host to hundreds of different creative culture events, many of them free and often on the campus doorstep. With that in mind, here is a round-up of some more obscure options to keep an eye out for…

Lady Balls Bingo @ Hillhead Bookclub // 18/09 and 23/10

Do you like drag? Do you like bingo? Do you like free money? If you said yes to any or all of those then Lady Balls Bingo is the event for you! Come along to Hillhead Bookclub just off Byres Road for a free evening of drag performances, lip sync battles, cheeky bingo, cheap cocktails and the chance of winning a £500 cash prize. There is no entry fee for Lady Balls, however as this is quite a popular event, so it is worth booking a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Music Events @ Tchai-Ovna // Various Dates

A hidden gem of the West End, Tchai-Ovna is a late-night vegetarian café on Otago Lane housing over 80 varieties of tea and serving as a venue for regular spoken word/folk music events. There is live music and performance most evenings from 20:00 – 22:00pm, all of which are free and un-ticketed but as there are a limited number of tables in Tchai-Ovna, it is best to arrive early. Upcoming events include an Alternative Musical Duo formed in Istanbul called Alps and Dragons who perform acoustic covers of smooth hits from the 80s on 16/09, and an adult story-telling evening run by Better Crack Club on 20/09.

Burlesque and Cabaret @ Wild Cabaret and The Riding Room

Tucked around a side street opposite the Tron Theatre, Wild Cabaret is a quirky venue which runs regular cabaret shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. The club has a fun, easy-going atmosphere, and the quirky line-up of acts differs from week to week, with discounted tickets for students when you book online beforehand. If you are looking for more cabaret in Glasgow, The Riding Room in Polo Lounge also hosts burlesque, cabaret and magic performances seven nights a week.

Life Drawing Classes @ Sloans // Every Monday 20:00-22:00

Sloans is a brilliant 3-floor venue situated right opposite St Enoch’s Subway Station, hosting an impressive schedule of themed events every night of the week. On Monday evenings, ATYN (All the Young Nudes) runs a two-hour Life Drawing class open to people of all artistic levels and abilities. For £6 entry, you are provided with a range of sketching materials and get the chance to freely draw two models holding different poses for varying lengths of time. The relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere of the classes make for a very enjoyable experience, which is then enhanced by a psychedelic background playlist and casual drinks policy.

by Beth Leishman, Lifestyle Editor


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