Glasgow: Thear

Feature by Rowena McIntosh | 04 Aug 2011

The Flying Duck

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Telephone: 0141 553 3539

Having celebrated its 4th birthday in July, The Flying Duck is a well-established bar and nightclub situated on Renfield Street bang in the city centre. Its two uniquely-shaped rooms showcase live DJs, club nights of every genre, occasional exhibitions by Art School students and, on Tuesdays, naked people, as they host their life-drawing class 'All the Young Nudes'. Drinks are cheap and as it has no kitchen you can bring your own food.


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Telephone: 0141 339 8444

Located on Ashton Lane in the West End of the city, the Grosvenor is cinema, café and bar. The cinema shows a small selection of recent releases and regular screenings of classic and cult films. Mondays are the cheapest day to visit, with tickets £5 all day. However, if you're feeling decadent you can buy tickets for sofas instead of seats. The bar is just one of the many squeezed onto Ashton Lane and boasts a good selection of drink promos on week-nights.


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Telephone: 0141 276 0950

In a former tram-shed, the aptly named Tramway on the South Side now houses some of Glasgow's most innovative visual and performing art. Tramway's versatile theatre space allows for a repertoire including both experimental theatre companies and performances by the National Theatre of Scotland. Equal weight is given to visual art with a mixed bill of exhibitions and installations, as well as it being a key venue for the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art.

Theatre Royal

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Telephone: 0141 332 3321 (general enquires)
0844 871 7647 (box office)

The Theatre Royal on Hope Street in the city centre is a traditional proscenium-arch theatre, and as it plays host to resident companies Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet it's an excellent venue to experience both national and international dance and opera on a large scale. The repertoire also includes West End and touring productions, as well as some of the biggest names in comedy.

The Tron

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Telephone: 0141 552 4267

The Tron theatre in the Merchant City offers a mixed bill of new writing and re-workings of established texts, and with an emphasis on Scottish, UK and world premières The Tron is the place to experience new theatre first. It plays host to many of the city's major arts festivals, including Glasgay!, Celtic Connections and the Merchant City Festival. Next year will hopefully see the third instalment of Mayfesto, a collection of performances that focus on politics and the spoken word.


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Telephone: 0141 332 7521

The CCA is a multi-functioning arts venue, set in a deceptively large building on Sauchihall Street. It houses a bar, a café, the bookshop Aye Aye Books, studio and gallery space for artists and the offices of what they refer to as 'cultural tenants', such as Playwright's Studio Scotland and Vanishing Point. As if that wasn't enough, it also hosts several workshops for artists, such as 'Write, Camera, Action' which offers writers, actors and directors the chance to network and collaborate on projects.

The Duchy

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Telephone: 0141 237 8754

Established in 2009, The Duchy is an art gallery on Duke Street in Glasgow's East End. As a small venue, the gallery hours are limited (12pm-6pm, Friday and Saturday), but it's an innovative space for artists to experiment and develop ideas. Their open submission policy allows for group shows of new work by recent graduates as well solo exhibitions by more established practitioners.

13th Note

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Telephone: 0141 553 1638

On King Street in the city centre, 13th Note is a bar and kitchen with a performance space downstairs. The kitchen serves a wide range of vegan and veggie food and the bar offers a large selection of drinks. Downstairs, the venue is used for band nights and live comedy, and on the first Monday of each month they their “Initial Itch” showcase, providing an excellent opportunity for budding writers, comedians, musicians and performers to showcase their work to a friendly and appreciative audience.


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Telephone: 0141 221 4659

The 300-capacity Soundhaus on Hydepark Street, with its two fully equipped rehearsal studios, attracts a class of band that really know how to play their instruments and can draw a large crowd. These rehearsal rooms can be rented for a very reasonable rate and provide their own drum kits. Soundhaus host an eclectic mix of techno, metal and trance music nights - including some marathon parties which occupy three rooms and last 12 hours.


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Telephone: 0141 357 7246

SWG3 on Eastvale Place in the West End is an exhibition space, gallery and studio, providing excellent facilities for a variety of creative pursuits - from rehearsal studios to a natural light photography studio, a letter press and music recording facilities, all of which can be rented. SWG3 also has two venues, allowing them to provide a dynamic programme of visual art and live electro.