Not long after club night Velvet closed its doors in the wee small hours of Sunday 4 February, a fire broke out at the venue, Mariners, in Leith, and destroyed the interior. The inferno was so intense the roof fell in. Alas, the next week’s gay club, Zeus - previewed here - had to be cancelled. Fear not, for the two clubs have risen from the ashes to schedule two Bank Holiday double-headers at Studio 24, on Sun 8 Apr and Sun 6 May. Velvet will be in the larger, downstairs room, and Zeus upstairs.
Another venue that’s bitten the dust - though not so dramatically - is Sala café-bar (pictured) on Broughton Street, Edinburgh. A women’s favourite, it’s closed after four years of serving tasty food and drink to a relaxed clientele.
Doors have opened at 56 Oswald Street, however, where the popular east coast night spot Destination has established a base in Glasgow with Club Destination. The successful camp flamboyance is translated to a late-night dance club, open six days a week until 3am.
Still in Glasgow, the new LGBT Centre plans to open up at 84 Bell Street in early April. Watch this space for details.