Top 10 Clubs: Glasgow
David Pollock heads to Scotland's spiritual clubbing home and brings you his top nights, from the finest DJs to the mightiest spin doctors
The flagship night in Glasgow’s musical renaissance plays dubstep, bass, techno, hip hop and weird electronica. More international appearances, including regular nights in London, mean their Glasgow appearances are sporadic – but utterly essential.
Dates vary, Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street, 0141 248 4600, Glasgow, www.nmbrs.net
Optimo (Espacio), Glasgow’s definitive club of the last decade, sadly came to an end earlier this year. But the good news is that Optimo’s founders JD Twitch and Jonny Wilkes are still involved with and play regularly at this replacement, which also features live bands and the finest local DJs.
Weekly Sun at the Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, 0141 248 4600, www.optimo.co.uk
Mount Heart Attack
A relatively fresh-faced night with a similarly youthful outlook, MHA (named after a character from Liars’ 2006 concept album Drum’s Not Dead, fact-
guzzlers) specialises in ravey newcomers before anyone’s heard of them, most recently the likes of The Squire of Gothos, Bruce Stallion and
Monthly Sat, La Cheetah, 72 Queen Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 4851.
Indie nights don’t come much better value than this, with good live bands, guest DJs from local and touring bands, and a different theme most months.
Monthly Fri, The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, 0141 564 1450, www.pinup-nights.co.uk
Any night at the iconic Sleazy’s is worth checking out, but we’d particularly recommend Wrong Island. A night which plays seriously good music yet stillknows how to lighten up, their outlook is best expressed in their motto: ‘the right records at the wrong speeds since 2007.’
Monthly, Nice N Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 0141 333 0900, www.myspace.com/wrong15land
Girl-fronted indie fun on the second Saturday of every month, in one of the city’s smallest but most atmospheric venues.
Monthly Sat, The Admiral Bar Basement, 72a Waterloo Street, 0141 221 7705, www.myspace.com/prettyuglybastille
Possibly Glasgow’s best Thursday nighter, as Boom Monk Ben plays hip hop, dancehall, dubstep, house, disco, funk, beats, breaks and bass, with regular special guests thrown in to mix things up a bit.
Weekly Thu at the Art School Union, 168 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, 0141 353 4500, www.mixedbizness.co.uk
You owe it to yourself to experience the Arches, a system of brick caves under Central Station, at least once in your clubbing life, and discerning sorts might go to hear techno at Slam’s Pressure, electro and rave at Death Disco or big room commercial house at Colours, all monthly Saturday nighters. For freshers, because you can, start off gently with Johnny Whoop’s midweek student shebang.
Weekly Wed, The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 565 1000, www.octopussyglasgow.co.uk
Now owned by the same group which runs the O2 in London, this is primarily good, long-running indie nights on Thursdays (Rubbermensch), Fridays (Festival) and Saturdays (Love Music).
Thu, 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 0141 332 2232, www.o2abcglasgow.com
Every Fresher’s year is incomplete without a visit to the Garage and the resulting missed lectures the next day. It’s undeniably cheesy, but it’s cheap, it’s packed, it’s open every night of the week and you’re never far from a foam party or a fancy dress night. Prepare to repress the memories now.
Weekly, 490 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 0141 332 1120, www.garageglasgow.co.uk