Top Things to do In the West End

September/October 2023

Autumn events Glasgow West End

By Tracy Mukherjee

Genuinely, how is it autumn?  With the year simply flying in, it never ceases to amaze me how we happily navigate the change of seasons.  So, hear we are it harvest time, autumn leaves a-tumblin’, and the beckoning of pumpkins and crackling fires… What top things are around and about?

Top for Lovely Live Music

With live music 7 days a week, Kitty O’Shea’s on Great Western Road is a brilliant toe-tapping venue. From 6pm every weekday, the bar (once iconic Clatty Pats) also has Saturday afternoon sessions. The early evening sets are scheduled specifically to appeal to the early crowd, but with music well into the wee hours too, the late nighters will be just as happy. A pretty perfect night – some early live music, a warm Irish welcome and the best pints of Guinness in the West End?  It’s what the venue is renowned for and it’s important to the Kitty O’Shea team that the customers can always leave having had a great night out.  
But what about the music? Eclectic for sure, including solo acts, duos, and groups. The gigs can feature anything from stalwart Irish classics (well it is the West End’s number 1 Irish bar), country, to a bit of pop and always some crowd pleasers. 
Regular performers include the stunning voice of Ally Rennet, Cooney & Danny, the south-side’s Papa Shandy & The Drams, as well as guitar and fiddle duo Eddie & Dezi.  With something for everyone, what a treat to have the option of live music every day of the week.

Kitty O’Shea’s Live Music Sessions

7 Days a Week, (Mon- Fri from 6.30pm, Saturday from 3 – 6pm), Kitty O’Sheas Great Western Road


Top Things for a Market Wander

Partick Farmers Market has been a West End staple as far as I can remember.  The twice monthly market in Mansfield Park has over 40 producers bringing healthily Scottish Fair to our little corner of Glasgow. The market helps local producers sell their goods directly to the public. The traders have a array of seasonal fruit and veg, meat, eggs and the ever favourite bakery stalls.  Look out for wee free tasters as you wander…beat me to the cheese stalls if you dare!
Along in Finnieston, drop into The Secret Market GLA at The Hive.  On the first Sunday of each month around 40 vendors sell boutique, quirky and contemporary goods.  Like Partick Farmers Market, look out for the street food stall for some yummy scrummy delights while you peruse the market.  
Partick Farmers Market, 9th and 23rd September, 14th and 28th October, Mansfield Park, G11 5QE
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Secret Market GLA, 3rd September, 1st October, The Hive, Finnieston G3 8LZ

Top for Comedy

As the dark nights draw in, I absolutely love a night out to a live comedy show.  This autumn, there are no shortage of options.  At Oran Mor, there are a couple of hilarious gigs to look out for.  First, catch Serena Terry AKA Mammy Banter in her show Socially Needier. Serena is a Sunday Times Best Selling author and is a massive hit on social media.  Her comedy skits on the sites led to The Secret Life of an Uncool Mum, her first novel which made the Sunday Times best-seller list. A true Derry girl, Serena’s success even led to a cameo on the Channel 4 hit show.  An absolute must see show.
From Mammy’s to Daddy’s and also at Oran Mor is David Cross and his hilarious show Worst Daddy in the World.  Emmy Award Winner and 2-time Grammy Award winner David is a recognisable face and voice from film and TV. An inventive live performer and writer, he is now taking  his Worst Daddy in the World Tour worldwide. Expect some top notch stand-up from one of America’s finest.
Serena Terry, Mammy Banter:Socially Needier, Friday 8th Sept, Oran Mor Theatre, Byers Road and search for Serena Terry

David Cross, Worst Daddy in the World, Thursday 14th Sept, Oran Mor Theatre, Byers Road

Top for Nosy Neighbours

Doors Open Days are set to return all over Scotland.  In Glasgow the event takes place on Sat and Sun 16th/17th September.  The annual chance to see through the keyhole of some of our most interesting buildings, those areas which the public don’t usually have access to, is a highlight of the autumn calendar.  For all details –

Doors Open Days

Various Venues

Sat16th-Sun 17th September

Top for Halloween Horror

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well in our family anyway!  The annual family Halloween party planning and costume competitiveness begins on Nov 1st each year amongst my weird but wonderful relations.  West End wise, how about a Murder Mystery Supper Club at Garnethill’s seasonally spooky Singl End?  The 3-course dinner may leave a bitter taste in your mouth, if a malevolent murder takes place right in front of the dinner guests.  It’s time for you to play detective, gather the evidence and get to the bottom of these deadly dealings!!!

If that all sounds a little too immersive, what about a trip along to Websters on Halloween night as they are Doing the Dead?  The award-winning Northern Comedy Theatre bring a hilarious dark comedy to Great Western Road.  With ghostly goings on at the Felching Village Spiritual Circle, was it a great idea for the members to connect with those who have passed over?  Hell hath no fury like a spirit scorned, so sit back and watch the mayhem erupt in this great production, starring Coronation Street’s Steven Arnold.

Murder Mystery Supper Club
Friday 20th Oct, 
Singl End, Garnethill

Doing The Dead
Tuesday 31st October 
Websters Theatre, Great Western Road

Other Dates for your Diary

Glasgow Americana Festival
Wed 4th – Sunday 8th Oct
Various Venues

Lupe Pinto’s Chili-o-Roonie Chili Cook Off
Sat 9th Sept various venues
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The Dog Lovers Show Glasgow
Sat 9th – Sun 10th Sept

Retro 80s Fabulousness

Howard Jones
Friday 13th Oct
Royal Concert Hall

Holly Johnson
Thursday 19th Oct
Pavilion Theatre

New Order
Thursday 5th Oct
Ovo Hydro

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