Scottish clubbing in an intense experience. Countless DJs have suggested the 3am closing times prompt an urgency you don’t find in other clubbing Meccas, where hordes of melting youngsters are free to fester well into the morning. Here’s our guide Glasgow’s best clubbing venues.
Glasgow’s Sub Club remains one of world’s best clubs and continues to attract the greatest names in house, techno and more on a weekly basis. It’s also home to one of Europe’s finest systems, employing a bodysonic dancefloor that literally roots the building’s foundations in sound. Regular nights include SUBCULTURE. DJs Harri & Domenic claim their weekly house music residency is the longest-running on the planet, but as they correctly observe, who’s counting? Guests this year have included John Talabot, Roman Flügel and Berghain kingpin Nick Höppner.
You’ll find some of Glasgow clubbing’s most cutting edge of programmes at The Art School, which re-opened in fine style, following a refurbishment in 2014. As home to the Glasgow School of Art Students' Association, the venue is a favourite for those in need of a midterm blowout and has a more bold approach to clubbing than the more commercial spots around town. But the venue also attracts huge names like Surgeon, James Holden and Lone, as well as stellar local DJs such as Jackmaster and Alex Smoke. The venue’s appeal comes from its ability to attract such acts, while making sure it maintains a strong focus on new and experimental sounds.
If you’re after a sweatbox, downstairs at Max’s Bar on Queen Street you’ll find La Cheetah, the Glasgow clubbing’s best small-room outfit. It’s tiny down there, partially on account of the space taken up by the Funktion-One system and serious-business booth. Recent guests have included Benji B, Pender Street Steppers and Jimmy Edgar. Beware – it heats up down there. Don’t expect to leave looking quite as good as you did on arrival.
City centre hangout Nice 'n' Sleazy’s is a pretty different beast after hours, and currently boasts some excellent residencies from a local crowd, such as Strange Paradise – expect global funk and disco from the outer limits.
Walk past Cowcaddens underground and up into north Glasgow and you’ll find The Glue Factory, an incredible space that can get pretty wild. The former industrial site is gnarly as hell though, so make sure you don’t mind messing up your shoes.
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