Students Guide to Nightlife in the City Centre

By Orla McCarthy

For our fresh-faced freshers and nightclub starved 2nd years, we offer a guide to navigate the nightlife our city has to offer. It has been a long club-less 17 months here in Glasgow, but we are back to making memories we will never forget, no matter how hard we try. While the number of nightclubs in Glasgow is in double digits, we have chosen to give you a taste the clubs nearest and dearest to the students of Strathclyde. 


Camden Rocks Thursdays are a staple in a Strathclyde’s student’s week. As the hub of rock’n’roll-indie music, cheap drinks, and mullets it is a night out well worth the long line. Since opening in 2001, the club has entertained with its weekly quiz nights and concert after-parties. Their famous shot bar serves creative concoctions of shots for SAAS affordable prices. It’s a must visit for anyone who finds themselves on Sauchiehall street between 3pm and 3am. 

Kokomo and Bamboo 

These neighbouring clubs are cornerstones of the Glasgow nightlife. In very few other venues can you move from one room playing Pumped-up-Kicks to another playing God’s Plan in one albeit slippery step. With discounted drinks and entry for students throughout the week. Can you really say you’re a Strathclyde fresher without a photo holding a duck and a venom on yellow Fridays? 


A much younger venue than others on our list, Rumour was a hit for socials among our sports teams and societies in 2019. This classy club offers discounted drinks throughout the week to be enjoyed while dancing to the latest hits. And after all the dancing a much-needed seat can be had in their comfortable booths, on their famous swing set or on the cold steps in front of the GOMA. 

The Sub Club 

This hole in the wall night club holds the title of the oldest underground nightclub in the world. It hosts star techno DJ’s from Thursday to Saturday and their 2-million-pound underground speaker system doesn’t miss a beat. Holding multiple events throughout the year this club is a must for any students looking for a glimpse of the Glasgow rave scene and are not shy to break a sweat. 


Another addition to our list that your parents may heard of is our beloved Garage. This longstanding concert venue and nightclub hosts an endless list of themed nights with bouncy castles, glow sticks, beer pong and more, boredom is not a word within their walls. Spread across three floors this venue is perfect large groups and society’s looking to cater to all. 


New club on the scene, Nomad, is one to watch. As they have already caught the interest of the Glasgow native since their doors opened in July. It will not be long before the Strathclyde students grace their graffitied halls. 

We hope you can make up for some lost time on the dance floor in any of these favourite venues of ours, just remember to stay safe, stay hydrated and take lateral flow tests twice a week if you can!

**This story was originally published as part of our digital Freshers 2021 edition on 20/09/2021. Read the full edition here.**