If you’re interested in comic books, videogames, science fiction and fantasy, or board/card/role-playing games, Geek Retreat is probably the best place in Glasgow to meet like-minded people who share your interests. It’s somewhere between a cafe and a social hub, hosting a varied schedule of gaming events while selling associated merchandise along with hot food and drinks.
The atmosphere is extremely welcoming: I’ve met several travellers passing through Glasgow who were happy to find a sort of home away from home where the shared language of Magic: The Gathering allowed them to instantly connect with strangers. The relentless cheerfulness of the staff contributes a lot to this: they’re always ready to help out people who might otherwise feel a little lost.
The food lies heavily on the unhealthy/delicious end of the spectrum: hotdogs, burgers (with double and triple options) chili cheese nachos (recommended!) and about two dozen different varieties of milkshake. The staff seem to delight in inventing weird and wonderful new concoctions: for Easter they’re offering a half an easter egg filled with cream and miniature chocolate eggs and tiny marshmallows. There is perhaps a reason that geeks aren’t renowned for their athletic abilities.
Geek Retreat lies directly beneath Glasgow Central Station. Sadly it’s down a steep flight of stairs and the chair lift is currently out of order, but hopefully this will be remedied sometime soon. The website has a schedule of what events are running which days, but there’s always something happening if you just feel like popping in.