o Tennents Bar Byres Road. Similar in atmosphere to the Halt and popular with both students and lecturers from the Uni.
e The Bon Accord 153 North Street, 248 4427. For those who take their drink seriously (as opposed to the serious drinker). The Bon Accord is Glasgow’s main ‘Real Ale Pub’.
0 The Stirling Castle 90 Old Dumbarton Road, 339 8132. Another must for the ‘heavy’ brigade.
o The Overﬂow 67 Old Dumbarton Road, 339 8132. So named because it i soaks up the overﬂow from the
' ever-popular Stirling Castle, its sister pub across the road. Always a friendly atmosphere (especially if you kick with the right foot).
0 Dukes Old Dumbarton Road. Sub Rock-Garden Americana but great atmosphere. Goes along with the two previous to form a Bermuda Triangle from which you need never escape.
O Sloanes Agrer Arcade. An answer to the quest for a decent, ordinary pub in the city centre and an unpretentious escape from the chaos of shoppers.
0 Samuel bows Also worth seeking out. A surprisingly quiet and elegant respite and handily situated outside Queen Street, handy for students travelling home.
0 The Griiiin Elmbank Street. Haunt of Art School students and the inhabitants of Strathclyde University’s Baird Hall.
0 The Rock Garden 73 Queen Street, 221 2200. Is, and always was, mecca for the trendier student. I know that others have copied its obsession with the bn'c-a-brac of kitsch movie Americana, but to the faithful, any ﬂirtation with others (see below) is just a passing fancy which drives them back to their first and true love. 0 Flu Millar Street. Open till midnight, Now definitely established on the Hip circuit as a useful pre-nightclub stop-off, it also presents the occasional emerging local band on Wed nights.
0 Hurricanes 142 West Regent Street, 221 5043. For a long time a serious rival to the Rock Garden.
0 Alice Underground Cambridge Street. A curio well worth an
i occasional visit. Any attempt to
l describe this surreal place would be
a futile, but a dry swimming pool,
, life-sized Charlie Chaplin,
.' reconstructed car crash and original red telephone box are just some of its attractions. (Half priced cocktails on Mon and Tue are another).
0 The Saracen Head Gallowgate. At the other end of the market — if you fancy ‘slumming it’ you could risk a ‘red tornado’ (fortified wine and white spirit) at the ‘Sarry Head’ , a Glasgow legend and guaranteed to be full of characters.
0 Smiths West Nile Street. A pleasant if somewhat cramped pub. there are some fine drawings by Susan Scott and much time can be
whiled away by guessing who the subjects are. The upper part is extremely short of headroom which can be doubly treacherous after a couple of Smiths extra-large glasses of wine.
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Students at both Strathclyde and Glasgow University benefit from a reciprocal arrangement between the two establishments. This allows students from either university to use the facilities of each other’s libraries, although not to borrow books. Yet there are other good public libraries in Glasgow where you can sometimes ﬁnd the relevant books and can often ﬁnd more peace and quiet than in the university libraries. 0 The Mitchell Library North Street, 221 7030. Definitely the best
. example, it has recently been
considerably extended to include a i new study area and a coffee/snack
bar and is the largest reference
l library in Europe. It is extremely
quiet and ideal for study but not so good for consulting books as the catalogue is kept on microfiche and is more time consuming to consult than the computer systems at the university libraries. You cannot borrow books from the Mitchell Library — they must be consulted on the premises.
0 The Sliding Library Queen Street, ' 221 1876. An impressive old Grecian-style building, well worth a visit but is not as conducive to study as the Mitchell. Good range of books.
0 Charles Bennie Naclrintosh Library Glasgow School of Art, Hill Street. Not so much functional in a study sense as it is as a piece of art and architecture, so not much use for working but worth seeing.
There are many other public libraries in the city. Maryhill and Hillhead Library for example, look in the Thompson’s Local or Yellow Pages.
For many students, moving away from home will mean their first chance to express themselves through their hair. Hairdressers and barbers in Glasgow vary from the old style gents’ barbers on Byres Road to the high tech salons of Irvine Rusk and Das Haar.
o The Gentleman's Barber Byres Road, 334 5064. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm; Sat 9am—5pm. A pleasant hairdressers where the staff are always friendly and a haircut is £2.50 (and there’s a student reduction at certain times of the Week) 0 The City Hairstylist 103 West Nile Street, 332 4212. Mon—Fri 8.30am-4.45pm; Sat 8.30am—2.45pm. Fast, and at £2—£2.50 for a cut and £4 for a blow dry, very reasonable too.
0 Roman 83 Cambridge Street, 332 5575. Mon—Sat 9am—5.30pm. Closed Thurs. This is a little more modern and bright inside than other old style salons and is also a little more
' expensive at £3 for a cut.
0 Peter Vem’s 68 Woodlands Road, 332 6293. Mon—Fri 9am—5 .30pm; Sat 9am—1pm. A haircut will cost you £2.75 and you can get the traditional shave and hot towel for £2.
In town there are many far more salubrious and expensive hair salons and clinics aimed predominately at females where a cut and blow dry will risk you anything from £7—£15.
0 Das Haar 28 West Nile Street, 248 2463. Mon—Fri 9am—6pm; Thurs 9am—7pm; Sat 9am—5.30pm. Cheap ’n’ nasty chain who have a children’s studio with toys and racing car shaped seats!
0 Hairlynits An Afro/Caribbean studio which has £1 off cuts for students.
0 Scrimshaws 3 Wilson Street, 552 5252. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm; Sat 9am—5pm. A very new salon with jutting chrome angels and mirror work — it doesn’t look much like a hairdressers and is certainly a new departure — whether it works or not is debatable. At £14 (Women) and £10 (Men) for a cut and blow dry, it’ll
I cost you to find out.
o The Rainbow Room 125 Buchanan Street, 248 5300. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm; Sat 9am—4pm. Operates a strange costing policy where a cut and blow dry can be anything from £6.50 to £15 .50, depending on the reputation of the stylist.
Perhaps a better bet are the student hair academies where you do take a bit of a chance but it’s either absolutely free or very cheap.
0 The Graduation Academy 62 Union Street, 248 6766. Tue—Sat 9am-5pm; Closed Mon. Only £3.50 for a cut and blow dry.
0 Rainbow Education 15 Royal Exchange Square, 226 3451. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm; Sat 9am—4pm. Even cheaper at £2.
0 College oi Commerce 300 Cathedral Street, 552 7794. You can get your hair cut free in return for modelling your hairstyle (although you must go fairly regularly for a whole season). 0 St George’s School oi Hairdressing 73/79 St George’s Road, 332 6541/6543. Cheap too at only £3.75
. for a cut and blow dry.
‘The Dancin” is as much a Glasgow tradition as football (and is much likely to lead to a lasting relationship with a member of the opposite sex). Most of the old dance halls (Mayfair, Zanzibar etc) have survived through hi-tech and name-change but the emphasis is swinging away from the venue towards identifiable ‘club’ nights. Here then is a quick indication of some of the discos and clubs which might be of interest to students: look out for a more comprehensive survey in The List’s nightlife section.
0 Panama Jax Custom House Quay, 221 0864. On a good Club night this is one of the most fun discos in town. Varied chart and soul music and an obsession with mirrors and dry ice. Hire it for your college disco. Prices vary £3—£4.
0 Bennets Glassford Street, 552 5761. Glasgow’s only gay disco. Students of all sexual persuasions should try the alternative night — Tue , only 50p.
0 Cotton Club 5 Scott Street, 332 0712. Has shaken off the Goth/Punk image and now serves up a varied bill of fayre. Open till 4am, £4.
0 Luciiers Jamaica Street, 248 46(1). All discos should be in basements. This one is a cracker in the catacombs and home of some of the better clubs.
0 Savoy Savoy Centre. Not a typical student disco the ‘savvy’ is famed for its over 255 ‘grab a granny night!‘
The top three (in traditional reversed order).
0 Vice at Joe Paparazzi. 11pm—3.30am. £3. In competition for that treasured Thurs night clientele. Heavy, heavy funk and too many club mixes pander to the junior end of the boutique assistant/hairdresser market.
0 Club Eden at Panama Jax. 11pm—3am. £2. Reasonaly priced and very popular, but with that unmistakable ‘what are you doing in our club’ atmosphere. Also features the occasional band.
0 “(SC Club at Lucifers. Fridays. The best club at the best venue. Almost exclusively vintage soul — classics and rarities — if you have the energy you’ll stay on the floor the whole night!
0 Walking When it is dry — and practical — this is by far the best method. You see some of the best architecture in Britain if you care to look.
The grid system on which the city is built makes it easy to follow directions and difficult to get lost. Disadvantages are — like Edinburgh, Glasgow has a great many hills and during busy spells, just as many pickpockets.
0 Bus (P’I’E) While Glasgow has an extensive and regular bus service, it is not without its faults. On the plus side, the ubuses run until about 11.45pm with a late bus service operating from George Square and cover every part of the city you will want to visit. On the other hand, bus-swapping is a necessary chore for many journeys. Deregularization has brought many more buses to the streets some craftily displaying the existing services numbers. For the moment a case of look and learn. Buchanan Street Bus Station Day: 332 9644. Night: 332 9135. Anderston Cross Bus Station 24 hour tel no 248 7432. Night Buses From George Square: 12.30, 1.45, 3 and 4.15am. £1 within City boundary. 0 Underground Although Glaswegians love it dearly, it is far from ideal. The service is very limited in area and does not run on Suns. While it is frequently cheaper, and always faster than the bus, it also gets very busy at peak times. The Underground is also very noisy. Trains run on a circuit. First circuit starts 6.30am, last circuit 10.35pm. Information from Travel Centre, St Enoch Square (which also has bus info), 226 4826. o Low-level Trains These are fast, regular and usually reliable. The bad news is that they are often pricey and useful only for travelling from farther afield. Trains run to Central Station between 6am and 11.30pm (information from British Rail, 204 2844). O Taxi Next to walking, this is the best way to get about the city, especially if you are travelling in