Welcome to the latest edition of our city guide series. In this week's guide, we head to Glasgow with local legend Harvey McKay. Ahead of his upcoming EP on Alan Fitzpatrick's We Are The Brave, he gives us a look at the city's finest establishments and attractions. From clubs, to restaurants, hardware shops and more, Harvey's got you covered. This is Glasgow, with Harvey McKay. As always, click the highlighted names for direct links to the recommendations.
We all like a good drink, so where is the top spots to head to before a night out?
Never been big on going out before, it’s usually round someone’s house beforehand. So, I will just mention my local instead haha. Me and my brother have been going here for years, the old faithful Camphill Vaults - I eat in there a lot, its local and the grubs great - love the place.
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
There loads of great stuff going on Glasgow. But the main two I have to mention are SWG3 and Sub Club.
SWG3 is an amazing venue. Slam do their Pressure night there which is a Glasgow staple, it’s got a real warehouse vibe. I have played there a few times, and just love it.
The Sub Club is more of a slick low ceiling incredible tight sound system vibe. I always find it so easy to DJ in there, and the sound is just a different class.
Both amazing places that give a different club experience, so rather than compete I think they complement each other.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?
There's a wee place on the south side of Glasgow called Gusto and Relish - easily my fav breakfast food. They do these eggs royal thing in a cup with melted cheese over the top then its baked, that along with their coffee - damn!!
I can’t not mention Nanakusa, a Japanese/Sushi place as well. It’s my fav restaurant in Glasgow, if not my fav all round to be honest. I discovered it by accident. One time my mates Pig&Dan were in town playing for Slam, and I was in town at the same time, so I jumped out to grab dinner with them and it was Nanakusa. Then the love affair with Sushi was born, there sashimi Tuna is just insane. So it’s not brunch, but I had to get this in there, as you gotta go if your in Glasgow!
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Ha ha I haven't been out for grub after a night out for god knows how long. A super healthy chips and cheese was my staple - please don’t judge me! I know….my poor heart ha ha. I used to go to place called Da Vinci. Let me just say the queue was a very interesting mix of people at the 3 in the morning in Glasgow.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Glasgow
Rubadub in Glasgow is pretty famous, I have been buying records and production gear from them since I started getting into production about 14 years ago. Cool shop, and the guys are all sound that work in there, I actually bought my first ever sound card in there.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
Without a doubt its down the forest then to the castle with the dog. I am lucky to have both only a 5 min drive or if I’m feeling adventurous – a 2 hour walk there and back from my house. It’s my go to peaceful place, she just loves it, and a dogs happiness is so infectious, so that’s the go-to spot to wind down at.
Something everyone should do when visiting Glasgow, but probably hasn’t?
You know, it’s probability visiting Glasgow itself, I meet so many people traveling and the majority say they have been to Scotland and they have visited Edinburgh and the highlands, but missed out Glasgow. I love this city and I don't think a lot of people realize how great it is and how amazingly approachable and friendly complete strangers are here. That can lead to amazing nights out in Glasgow. Also, our sense of humour is up there, as you can see by the famous man on the horse that’s rarely seen with his cone if ever, it’s a must see.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
A track called ‘Anti Visa’ – Ahh Yeah. I used to walk around Glasgow when I was about 12 or 13 with my mates blasting this out. I am sure everyone loved us. I actually managed to get the exact Gheto Blaster on eBay for about 30 quid that we used to kick about with, it’s about 26 years old and its mint, great wee find that was!
What are other great exports that come from Glasgow
My mate Gordon started his own clothing line ‘Forty’ back in 2014. I remember him coming down to my flat to show me his first few designs, I thought they were really smart and ended up wearing one at my first Awakenings gig. He now has shops all over the world, and the collabs he’s done with Carl Cox, Soma etc - it’s just endless what he has achieved and the brand is recognized worldwide, so that’s a Glasgow export for sure. Go check it out.
A gift you can’t leave Glasgow without taking home for friends?
It’s got to be Iron Bru. Though there’s a lot of stuff kicking off with the taste change with the sugar tax in the UK, it's a tense time here in Glasvegas I tell you.
Pre-order Harvey McKay's next single here, out August 17th.