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 to Glasgow’s best clubbing venues.
Glasgow’s Sub Club remains one of the 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.
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.
Room 2, the latest venture from the La Cheetah team, is a bigger spot but the sound system and lighting set-up show that they still mean business, with a real dance and house music focus clear to see (and hear). Rost had a deliberately low-key first few months; check out the almost-hidden underground spot on Bell Street that's built up impressive word-of-mouth buzz.
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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