Glasgow Film Festival - A guide to Glasgow’s indie culture
In the spirit of the aloof indie ingénue, celebrate the State of Independents film strand with a slice of Glasgow’s indie culture
Glasgow’s many low-lit corners provide safe haven for the city’s cool crowd. One such place, within range of the CCA and GFT, is Variety (401 Sauchiehall Street), an effortlessly cool and tiny bar which pulls in a wide mix of customers eager to sample the excellent music, sit in the shabby leather seats, and peer endlessly into the murky fish tank.
Elsewhere, budding poets might want to head to Chinaski’s (239 North Street, pictured, above) – The Black Sparrow’s sister venue – another Charles Bukowski-themed bar that oozes nonchalant cool.
Glasgow also has its fair share of vintage clothes shops, most of which are dotted in the West End. Starry Starry Night (19–21 Dowanside Lane), a short walk from the Grosvenor Cinema, has a plethora of great quality items from glamorous ball gowns to decadent furs – not to mention the vast collection of handbags, shoes and accessories on offer.
Bedecked in your purchases, head to shabby-chic eatery Lucky 7 (166 Bath Street, pictured, above) – ideal for those on a budget and a stone’s throw from the GFT. Prices range from £3 for starters to £7 for mains.
Finally, shimmy your way to centrally located Flying Duck (142 Renfield Street), an indie/pop nightclub that defines quirky cool and comes complete with a wardrobe stuck in the middle of the dance floor. No, really.