Best places to take clients in Glasgow
There is never a shortage of things to do in Glasgow to keep clients entertained. The only problem is narrowing down the many options on offer.
It’s important to remember that while client entertainment may be essential, it can also come at a cost. Some companies may leave employees to cover client entertainment expenses until reimbursed at the end of the month. With a Soldo prepaid business card, your employees will never be left out of pocket, and business owners can gain control on company spending. Also, Soldo ensures the processing of your staff entertainment VAT or Client entertainment VAT is taken care of for you.
We’ve done the hard work of deciding where to go for you. The following list offers some of the best ways to showcase Glasgow to clients.
View Glasgow from above at The Lighthouse. Take a trip up the Mackintosh Tower to the north of the iconic building and clients will enjoy uninterrupted views of the cityscape below. There is also a modern, sixth-floor viewing platform which sits at the southern side of the building and is accessible via a lift. The Lighthouse is also Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.
Sweeney’s Cruise Co
Escape the city for a while and take a cruise on Loch Lomond with Sweeney’s Cruise Co. You and your clients can enjoy an hour-long circular tour of the South Basin to take in the magnificent views of Ben Lomond. The cruise also passes a variety of the loch’s castles and stately homes.
You will even venture out in the direction of Inchmurrin Island, which is the largest of the loch’s 33 islands and is the home of the ruins of Lennox Castle. This is sure to be an exciting and memorable trip for clients, just make sure cruises are part of your employee expense policy!
Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea with clients at the Malmaison boutique hotel, which was once a Greek Orthodox Church. Malmaison is easy to find, sitting just minutes away from busy Sauchiehall Street and Glasgow Central train station.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Take a trip to the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is one of Glasgow’s most popular and exciting free attractions. It was initially opened in 1901 and is home to 22 galleries. Here you can discover the beauty of everything from animals and art to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Ancient Egypt. With over 8000 objects on display, your clients are sure to be kept entertained.
The Pot Still
The Pot Still is a whisky bar and stocks a vast collection of more than 700 whiskies, in addition to cask ales and proper pies. There is an excellent team of staff who are on hand to offer you their expert advice and to help you find the perfect dram for you and your clients. There are whiskies from every corner of the world, and there are plenty of cask ales and German and Scottish beers on offer too.
The Clydeside Distillery
Book a tour and see how single malt Scotch whisky is made at the first dedicated distillery of its kind to open in over 100 years. The Queen’s Dock venue is also the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat. The focus is on Scottish produce and on showcasing specialities of the region, this is sure to be a hit with international clients.
Glasgow Science Centre
The Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s most popular paid-for attractions and is home to a purpose-built Science Mall and the Glasgow Tower, together with an IMAX cinema. The entertainment options for you and your clients at this five-star rated visitor attraction are plentiful.
Dine at Bilson Eleven where you can enjoy a sumptuous five-course or eight-course menu. Leave up to two hours to fully experience the five courses or three hours for the eight. The atmosphere and dress code are relaxed and informal, and the restaurant is housed in one of Dennistoun’s most iconic and oldest tenement buildings. The tasting menus all feature the freshest and best Scottish produce.
Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or
Enjoy French cuisine with a uniquely Scottish twist at Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or. This is fine dining at its best, with a focus on seasonal produce and exceptional customer service. This venue can be revisited multiple times as the special events menu shakes things up with cocktail lunches, gin experiences and speciality wine dinners.
Laugh with clients at some live comedy at Rotunda Comedy. This is the largest comedy club in the city, and you can enjoy the experience every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. In addition to the two-hour comedy shows, there are four delicious restaurants to choose from and a cocktail bar.
Pollok Country Park
Get some fresh air with your clients and stroll around the award-winning Pollok Country Park. The park covers an incredible 146-hectares in the Pollok area of Glasgow, it was named Britain’s Best Park in 2007. The following year, it won the accolade of being the Best Park in Europe. Popular with walkers and cyclists, there are 11kms of woodland tarmacked paths, trails and gardens.
See one of the many top shows that hit the stage at the King’s Theatre. The theatre is renowned for its Christmas pantomime, as well as its vast array of high-quality shows and top stars. The building was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1904.
Dine in the West End at the famous Ubiquitous Chip, which has been a significant part of Ashton Lane life since 1971. It specialises in offering extraordinary Scottish food, as well as legendary hospitality and an extensive drinks list. Be sure to have your prepaid company card at the ready as this place is a little on the pricey side!
Sip on a cocktail at The Spiritualist Bar and Restaurant in Glasgow city centre. The vibe is relaxed, but the décor is elegant with a side of cool. It is the ideal place to relax with a coffee, enjoy a client lunch, or to try something new and exciting from the extensive cocktail menu.
Red Sky Bar
Enjoy rooftop drinking and dining at the Red Sky Bar and soak in panoramic views of the River Clyde, Finnieston Crane and Squinty Bridge. The menu celebrates Glasgow’s position as a cultural melting pot, while the drinks on offer promise to be tailored to meet all clients’ preferences.
Whether you are entertaining clients in London, Leeds, Manchester or Glasgow, it usually doesn’t come without a cost. Managing your company’s entertainment expenses doesn’t have to be a nightmare with smart solutions like Soldo. For helpful advice on managing business expenses, check out our complete guide on entertainment expenses here.