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Venue Guide: Òran Mór, Glasgow

Òran Mór is Gaelic for 'great melody of life.' Here's what you need to know about one of Glasgow's most beloved venues... 

Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, Òran Mór has been keeping the locals entertained with live music, comedy, theatre and everything in-between for over a decade now. A converted church, the site boasts two bars, two restaurants, a private dining room, live music venue, nightclub, and a truly stunning auditorium. 


Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX 

Telephone Number: 0141 357 6200 

Brief History:  

The venue was originally called Kelvinside Parish Church and designed and built in 1862 by locally born architect J.J. Stevenson. The venue has a rich history which you can read more about here

After standing derelict for several years, The building went through a major refurbishment in 2002 and in 2004 opened its doors as a multi-purpose venue; hosting hundreds of bands, comedians, plays and other performances in the years since then. A stand-out feature of the venue is its stunning auditorium ceiling mural, designed and painted by local artist Alastair Gray.  

How many people does it hold? 

500 downstairs, 600 upstairs. 

Who has played there? 

Amy Winehouse, Don Broco, London Grammar, Rudimental, The View, The 1975, Gabrielle Aplin, Idlewild, Bright Eye, I am Kloot, KT Tunstall, Teenage Fanclub and loads more! 

Any “I was there” moments? 

Just before breaking big, US gloom-pop maker Lana Del Rey played a stunning show at the venue. 

How do I get there? 

The nearest subway to the venue is Hillhead Underground station. 

Where should I eat? 

Stravaigin is a TicketWeb favourite, serving quality locally sourced meat and seafood. If you’re a pizza fan (let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you wanna head down to Paesano Pizza on Great Western Road. Or you can be like Beyonce and head to The Hanoi Bike Shop for some Pho. 


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Where can I stay? 

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TicketWeb Tip: 

One of Òran Mór’s most beloved traditions is A Play, A Pie and A Pint. The lunchtime theatre programme is famous for being great fun. You basically get what it says on the tin. An hour of drama, a pie and a pint! All for less than £15! The shows change every week and are super popular. Well worth checking out! More info here

Where can you carry on the party? 

The venue’s upstairs Whisky bar is open until 3am most nights and it’s got an absolutely incredible range (over 280 malts) of tipples to fend off the Scottish weather. 

Check out upcoming shows at Òran Mór and get tickets at

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