Paisley is home to a wide range of pubs and bars, many with unique histories and stories to tell…allow us to be your guides on a virtual pub crawl of some of them.
We know there’s plenty to see and do in Paisley but after a long day seeing and doing it we know many of you will want to sit down and enjoy a drink or two.
Luckily the PaisleyIs team has some knowledge of the local pub scene – all purely for research purposes of course.
So we’ve picked out a small selection – all located close by in the town centre – with interesting stories for residents and visitors alike.
One of the town’s most iconic venues, the A-listed building dates back to 1901, has retained many art nouveau features, and has popped up as a period setting in many TV and film pieces over the years. The bar is narrow yet deceptively long and frequently packed at the weekends. Fittingly for a town home to Scotland’s biggest beer festival, the Bull is popular for its real ale offering.
A name with an incredible history. The original Bungalow Bar was elsewhere in the town and hosted many of the top names in the UK music scene in the 70s and 80s – after Glasgow banned punk bands they all played here! The current Bungalow opened in Shuttle Street in 2008 and keeps alive the rock and roll spirit of its legendary predecessor. A key part of the town’s thriving music scene and home to touring bands and local talent alike.
Fittingly for a town with such a connection to Doctor Who (Former Doctor David Tennant and the show’s main man Steven Moffat both hail from here) this place is a bit of a Tardis…looks tiny from the outside but surprisingly deep once through the doors. Describes itself as ‘the best wee pub in the world’ and there’s at least one international rock star who likes to pop by who we think might agree.
The Old Swan
The Swan is one of Paisley’s oldest pubs (dating back to 1887), and remains as busy as ever with people of all ages as a live music hub, with bands playing every Saturday evening. There’s also a beer garden out the back which gets busy in the summer months.
A popular and vibrant late-night bar, this one is big with the student crowd and no wonder…it’s just yards from the main door to the University of the West of Scotland so it’s an easy place to reach between lectures.
Of course that’s just a small selection of the many pubs Paisley has to offer. If you are out for the evening our tip is you’ll find the area around New Street and Shuttle Street is particularly lively in terms of nightlife but there are many other great pubs throughout the town.
Local business improvement district Paisley First has a full list on their website.