Franz Ferdinand Recommend

  • The Midgie
  • 1 March 2009
Franz Ferdinand

Although not all of them were born-and-bred in Glasgow, Franz Ferdinand are still very much a Glaswegian band. After years of gigging the scene, they know the cool places to go. Here bassist Bob Hardy and drummer Paul Thomson give The Midgie their top Glasgow picks

The Doublet

Bob Hardy: ‘This is what a real pub should be like, with lots of wee nooks you can sit in to hide away and while away the hours.’
74 Park Road, Glasgow (C1), 0141 334 1982, Tue–Sat 11am–midnight, Sun 12.30pm–11pm, Mon 11am–11pm.

Gandolfi Fish

BH: ‘They just make really beautiful food. Everything they serve is amazingly fresh; it’s a bit special.’
84–86 Albion Street, Glasgow (G4), 0141 552 9475,

Nice ‘n’ Sleazy

Paul Thomson: ‘It’s a pub with live music which is open until 3am, and the jukebox is famous as one of the best in Glasgow.’
421 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (D2), 0141 333 0900,

Kibble Palace Glasshouse

PT: ‘Or as my son calls it, 'the big house where the fish live'. I can spend hours just hanging out there, it’s such an amazing building.’
Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow (D1), 0141 276 1614,, free entry.

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