66-68 Osborne Street | Glasgow G1 5HQ
Located on the fringe of Merchant City, next to The 13th Note, is the Afro-Caribbean Centre. The centre serves as a headquarters for the Glasgow African-Caribbean network, formed in 2005 to support Glasgow's various A-C communities and promote inclusion. Formerly a derelict shop front, the centre has now been renovated, and hosts a bar and basement venue.
Run entirely by volunteers, the centre and its basement bar host a wide variety of events including open mic nights, gigs, fundraisers, and the mighty Bass Warrior soundsystem, bringing some much needed Bashment vibes to Glasgow. Many of the ACC’s gigs are very literally once-in-a-lifetime shows, with the centre bringing in exotica and World Music acts from around the African continent.
But the centre isn't just for clubbers and open mic-ers; it also hosts free activities and playgroups for children, along with English language workshops and drop-in sessions. All in all, the ACC is well worth a gander.