We Love Glasgow
As the hub of Scottish alternative music, it can be hard to walk the streets of Glasgow without bumping into internationally renowned musicians. So who better to point us towards the action? The Midgie spoke to four icons of the scene about their favourite place in the city.
'My favourite place in Glasgow’s a restaurant called No. Sixteen. It’s a little neighbourhood bistro of the kind you find more easily in European cities than in Scottish ones - an unpretentious place with incredible food. It’s a Scottish restaurant which uses local ingredients, there’s a really nice atmosphere and they serve good wine. There are so many restaurants in the city and there’s real competition to make sure yours is the one everyone wants to go to, so it’s nice to find these older places thriving. A similar restaurant is the Ubiquitous Chip, which has been around for years but keeps a loyal fanbase. Kind of like a good band.’
Roddy Woomble is the lead singer of Idlewild. His new album Before The Ruin, with Kris Drever and John McCusker, is out now. www.idlewild.co.uk
‘Stereo on Renfield Lane is an absolutely tremendous place, I could spend all afternoon there having a nice lunch, or drinking lots of fancy wine in the evening. I go into town on the train a lot, and it’s very handily right next to Central Station. Plus there’s a really great venue downstairs – I’ve not got round to playing it yet, though, which is a rare thing for me and a Glasgow venue. They’ve also got free Wi-Fi, which is why I spent so long in there the other weekend doing the artwork for my next single on my laptop. It’s such a relaxing place though, you can just sit there reading a book or drawing all day if you want. And the food’s amazing, it’s vegan – I’m not even vegetarian, but I’d consider going back on that after eating in there. I love it.’
Amanda McKinnon is the former singer in Bis. Her debut solo album as Manda Rin My DNA is out now. www.myspace.com/musicmandarin
‘My current favourite place in Glasgow’s the area I moved to in the last six months, in Yorkhill. There’s a wee Bermuda Triangle of pubs just off Dumbarton Road, including the Goat and Firebird, both of which I particularly like. Firebird’s the best for food, and a lot of my mates’ bands play in the Goat. The area has the coolness of the west end without any of the pretension of Byres Road. It also has possibly the best Indian takeaway in Glasgow, the Banana Leaf, which seems to be fairly unknown outside the area. It’s a real hidden gem though, because all the
guys who work in the other local takeaways go there to eat.’
Kev Sherry is the lead singer in Attic Lights, whose debut album will be out later this year. www.myspace.com/atticlights
‘Whenever anything good happens to me I go to the Battlefield Rest on the Southside to celebrate. It’s a great Italian restaurant which has been going for years – it actually used to be the old tram stop, so you always get a window seat because it’s on an island in the middle of the road. That sounds terrible, but it’s not, you get so much light in and you can see everyone outside going about their day. It’s always bustling and noisy, and it doesn’t cost a bomb either. I’d also recommend the Brooklyn Café, which has been going for donkeys. It’s just a classic Glasgow café which makes its own ice cream, a bit of an upmarket greasy spoon. That’s one thing it’s hard to find in Glasgow these days, a greasy spoon – the sort of place you can get a fried breakfast for two quid.'
Emma Pollock is the former lead singer of The Delgados. Her solo album, Watch the Fireworks is out now. www.myspace.com/emmapollock
See for yourself: Venue details.
Ubiquitous Chip • 12 Ashton Lane, 0141 334 5007, www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk, Mon–Sat 11am– midnight, Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
Stereo • 20-28 Renfield Lane (F4), 0141 222 2254, www.rottenrow.co.uk/stereo, open daily noon-midnight.
Battlefield Rest • 55 Battlefield Road, 0141 636 6955, www.battlefieldrest.co.uk, Mon–Sat 10am–10-pm, closed Sun.
Brooklyn Café • 21-23 Minard Road, 0141 632 3427, Mon–Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 9am–7pm.
Firebird • 1321 Argyle Street (A2), 0141 334 0594, www.firebirdglasgow.com, Mon–Thu 11am–midnight, Fri & Sat 11am–1am, Sun 11.30am–midnight.
The Goat • 1287 Argyle Street (A2), 0141 357 7373, www.thegoat.co.uk, Mon–Sat 11am–midnight, Sun noon–midnight.
The Banana Leaf • 76 Old Dumbarton Road (A2), 0141 334 4445, Mon-Fri 2pm-11.30pm, Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun 10am-11.30pm.
Number 16 • 16 Byres Road (A1), 0141 339 2544,