Feature by Nick Q | 15 Jul 2006

For over a hundred years, a pub has been open in the spot now occupied by MacSorley's. Bought by a group affiliated with the Sub Club, the dark wood interior, flock wallpaper and old carpet has been left in situ, rather than glossed over with a vapid, style-bar veneer. The pub, which was originally a traditional old man's hang out, nods to its past, with only the odd picture of Afrika Bambata or Public Enemy to bely its new intentions. It acts as a preclub space for the Sub Club, welcoming guests in before Optimo, as well as serving food seven days a week. Throughout Britain, there has been a move towards more traditional pubs, especially in East London, seemingly from a desire to use spaces that have history and genuine atmosphere. MacSorley's has atmosphere in droves, placing itself halfway between the shabby glamour of Nice'n'Sleazy's and the authenticity of somewhere like the Scotia Bar. Music is key to its remit, with open deck nights, acoustic jams and bands playing in the lofty space. In line with the Sub Club, the emphasis in on diversity, catering to every different taste without sacrificing anything in the process; Old men sit next to hipsters at the bar and Low play on the radio. Next time, no doubt, the ambience will be different again. The food is geared towards bar snack style cuisine, the manager claims their pizzas are "the best outside Italy," and made fresh every morning. With a selection of world cuisine including Mexican and Italian, MacSorleys does have something for every taste. The excellent food is complimented by a range of beers, rums (the staff's drink of choice) and wine, so you can fill up before knocking yourself down. MacSorley's will soon be one of Glasgow's premier spots.