Happy Friday, and welcome back to our ever-expanding city guide series, where your favorite acts take us on a tour of the cities they call home and will have you feeling like a local in no time. This time, we travel back to Glasgow with Illyus & Barrientos, two tech house power producers, as they give us the ins and outs of the legendary city to celebrate the release of their new record The One, which is out now on Toolroom.
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
We love CCA/Saramago Cafe Bar. It's such a cool vibe, it's bang in the busy part of Glasgow but it's always hidden away and a real gem. It's also the Centre of Contemporary Arts, so there's always great exhibitions and independent film being screened. Max's Bar on Queen Street is amazing too, and it's attached to La Cheetah nightclub, which always has cool underground DJs playing regularly. Sparkle Horse in the west end of Glasgow is another great bar too, and it's also dog-friendly which is a win! The Rum Shack is an amazing cozy spot to chill with friends and it also has a club space below.
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
The obvious answer here is Sub Club, but we can't forget La Cheetah, SWG3, and 500 GWR who book a wide range of DJs from Patrick Topping to Amelie Lens to Erick Morillo.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?
Turadh has great coffee and lovely authentic Scottish food and is bang on Bryes Road which is a popular street in the west end. Wilson Street Pantry is a brilliant place for brunch in Merchant City that does amazing French toast variations! Gnom is a class spot for a bit of lunch in the southside of Glasgow. It hasn't been open for long but already it's a must spot for amazing food. Grain & Grind is without a doubt one of our favourite coffee spots too.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Errol's Pizza is a new spot on Victoria Road. It's based on the New York sliced pizza thing and we totally approve. Too good! We have no idea what it's called but there is a 3/4am crepe van on Woodlands Road in Glasgow. Amazing food for anyone who wants more than a kebab.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Glasgow?
Rubadub is the go-to place for underground dance music. The folk who work there have an unbelievable knowledge, and if you ask for recommendations they'll give you 20+ records to go upstairs and listen through. Otherside in Shawlands is a little secret spot we buy the occasional 2nd hand disco gems from.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
Loch Lomond really isn't far from the city centre, and it has some of the most beautiful views imaginable, especially on a (rare) sunny day in Scotland. Glencoe and Glen Etive are 2 amazing spots! You can take chairlifts at Glencoe and get an unbelievable view of Scotland. Glen Etive is where you can experience a bit of wildlife and take in the fresh air.
Something everyone should do when visiting Glasgow, but probably hasn’t?
Go up to the Necropolis... it's the best view of the city! And also some famous graves... The Govan Town Hall is an unbelievable production studio now but at the same time an amazing building to look at.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
What are other great exports that come from Glasgow?
For dance music... Denis Sulta, Mia Dora, Slam, Optimo, KC Lights, Shaka Loves You, Hudson Mohawke. Other amazing exports include Mogwai, Twilight Sad, CHVRCHES, Arab Strap, Belle & Sebastian, Jesus & The Mary Chain!
A gift you can’t leave Glasgow without taking home for friends?