Going out picks

  • The Midgie
  • 1 December 2008

Sub Club
The 'Subbie' is a stylish, atmospherically compact venue which plays host to some huge weekly nights, particularly Saturday's first-class house residency Subculture and Sunday's eclectic Optimo. The latter often features live bands, as does the club itself on a few selected evenings.
22 Jamaica Street, 0141 221 1177, www.subclub.co.uk, clubs generally start at 11pm, prices vary.

The Horse Shoe Bar
Probably Glasgow's most celebrated bar, the Horse Shoe stands on an alley near Central Station and is as Glaswegian as Irn Bru. With the longest horseshoe-shaped bar in Britain, drink offers and pie and peas for 90p, this is one tourist attraction that won't be going upmarket any time soon.
17 Drury Street, 0141 229 5711, Mon-Sat 11am–midnight, Sun 12.30pm–midnight.

Its previous incarnation in the West End became famed as Franz Ferdinand's favourite venue in their pre-fame days, but already the new Stereo has surpassed its sizeable reputation. A bustling scenester bar which sells a range of good food, the compact basement floor hosts uber-credible gigs and club nights.
20-28 Renfield Lane, 0141 222 2254, www.stereocafebar.com, Mon–Sun 11am–midnight, gig prices vary.

Famous far and wide, the 1900-capacity Barrowland Ballroom is a true destination venue for music lovers. It remains unchanged since a post-fire refurbishment in 1960, it's certainly not in the most salubrious end of town, but still bands deservedly vote it among their favourite places to play in Britain.
244 Gallowgate, 0141 552 4601, www.glasgow-barrowland.com, gigs generally start at 7pm, prices vary.

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