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Whether you’re still a regular club-goer or prefer a quiet night in these days, you’re sure to have fond memories of some of Glasgow’s legendary nightclubs.
From notorious boozers to flashy discos, Glasgow’s had it all. How many of these long-gone nightclubs do you remember?
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There’s nothing that screams “1980s” quite like a party ship with a revolving dancefloor called the Tuxedo Princess. The boat was anchored at Broomielaw for a few years during the late ’80s and early ’90s before it set sail and returned to Newcastle.
This West End nightclub was immortalised after a scene from Trainspotting was filmed here in the mid-90s. Previously known as Cinders Disco, Volcano was a popular hotspot on the ’90s club scene in Glasgow.
Spankies opened in 1974 as Glasgow’s first purpose-built disco. It became Manhattan in 1978, then Panama Jax in 1983 and The Trading Post in 1988 before finally closing its doors for good.
The Mars Bar
Simple Minds at the Mars Bar, Glasgow (1978) pic.twitter.com/n8jeppe2Q3
— Nippy Sweetie (@sweetienippy) July 18, 2014
Located just off St Enoch Square on Howard Street, The Mars Bar has gone down as a legendary venue on the Glasgow music scene. It was popular with young punk fans in the late ’70s and bands like Simple Minds played many of their early gigs here. The club was forced to change its name to The Countdown after threats of legal action from a certain confectionery manufacturer.
Affectionately known as “Clatty Pat’s”, Cleopatra’s was a regular haunt for West End party-goers in the late ’80s and ’90s. It was the sort of place you went after chucking out time in the pub, when you’d already had a couple too many drinks. It’s now student-favourite Viper, which is currently undergoing refurbishment.
@penbenny there was a club called Bonkers in Glasgow. I made 911 take me there. I’ve never been so scared!
— Jeremy Mark (@jeremymark7) May 23, 2011
This infamous nightclub on Hope Street wasn’t the classiest of establishments, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of Glasgow’s most troublesome clubs. It certainly lived up to its name, with plenty of crazy nights out, raving regulars and even a fish tank full of live fish. It was closed down due to police complaints about violence.
Housed inside an impressive-looking former church, The Shack was a favourite amongst students in the early 2000s. It has also been known as Cardinal Follies and The Temple over the years, but sadly it was destroyed in a fire in 2004 and the building was demolished soon after.
Starting off life as the Locarno Ballroom in the 1920s, by the 1980s this place had become known as Tiffany’s and the club hosted lots of popular, big-name bands in the glory days of the ’80s. By the ’90s it had changed again into Zanzibar, a “tropical disco” which was as wonderfully tacky as you’d expect, and it’s now a casino.
One of the most recent clubs to close down in Glasgow, The Arches was a much-loved arts venue underneath Central Station. They began hosting club nights back in 1992 and Slam was one of the most popular nights of all, with plenty of ’90s techno and electronic music. The club’s late licence was revoked in 2015 and it went into administration shortly after.
Back in the ’70s and ’80s, the Apollo Theatre was one of the most famous music venues in Scotland, and up above it was the club Clouds. It was a favourite hangout of bands visiting Glasgow, with plenty of gigs and aftershow parties taking place there.
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