Ila-o The City Cafe. I” Nine last December. ; , Scotland’s original ‘style 7’ mm Problem? On Saturday M J a ber 1996. at approximately 7-11.30an The City Cafe was raided by

lice. door The boys in blue (and several 'of the boys in plain clothes) burst through the door. turned on the lights. switched (Off the music and ordered everyone to put their hands on their heads. iISonoeolIooseonoiro-Theaitmre yideo camera and the sniffer dogs didn't


"I I“! happened? Once everyone realised it wasn’t a joke. a few faces turned a whiter shade of pale. I'M do you am? Well. let‘s just say that if. (and we’re not suggesting for a minute that anyone was). if anyone was in possession of an illegal substance. they would have dropped it pretty sharpish. [Arum lnrplylog that there may have been drugs on the pro-leer! Certainly not. Everybody knows that nobody who drinks in The City Cafe takes drugs. ISolhytllethepollee raldltthen‘nhe City Cafe was targeted as part of Operation Shield. a crackdown on Edinburgh's clubs and bars which began in the period leading up to Christmas. Police reports state that quantities of Ecstasy. amphetamines. cocaine and cannabis were found in The Cafe.

[So It wasn’t the only one to be raided? No. eighteen city centre bars and clubs ,were visited over the Festive period. Im'mthooltcm ottlorald? 'Out of 200 people in the bar that night. nine were arrested on various charges relating to dr’ugs. breach of the peace and possession o offensive weapons.

[what did the m say? The Evening News ran a feature claiming that certain City Cafe customers were planning to fstorm a neighbouring club using

knives and CS gas.’

'I M The bar has since lost its late "licenee which allowed it to serve alcohol until lam. on the grounds that it is ‘a .tbreat to public safety’. it now closes at fl;lpnr..which means that its customers now don’t have anywhere decent to drink they go out clubbing.

I‘ll-r a it Better believe it. :‘P‘eopte have been drinking in The City Cafe for years. it's almost a way of life regulars. The Cafe is currently mdistn'buting fliers carrying its side of the and there‘s a petition on the bar for not convinced it‘s 'a threat to public safety.

III! good news? No new pool tables. ’afOotball table. a new film club in City 2 fend the menu is about to get revamped (libel-try!) Fancy computer games will .- 0.119»! shortly.



I 4th CWO! at The Baby Grand. 9pm—midnight. Free. Andy Young plays jazz. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks promos. Pre-club.

I Aquaplanet at the Sub Club. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). Aquaplanet (late of the Volcano) settles down in its spiritual home for nights of damn fine. hard dance music and mixed up genres with Mark Ryal. Witch and Paul Fegan every week. 9 Feb, Claude Young guests. See Hit List I Bubblelloioee at Reds. llpm-3am. £5 (£3). Club classics and a touch of soul plus all drinks £l all night.

I Club Month at The 13th Note (ground floor). 8pm—midnight. Free. Indie from Mark.

I Code 99 at The Brewery Tap. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Dub techno pre- club from Andrew Taylor. Richard Nolan. Alan Atkins and Paul.

I Danny’s Barby And lilo Tranny at The Rat Trap. 10.30pm—3am. £3. ‘Welcome to the BBQ with Danny's mix.‘

I Disco 2W0 in The Garage. 10.30pm-3am. £2 (£1). DJ Graeme and lan with a varied mix ofclub classics, now in the main room. Drinks promos.

I Divine at Brel. 8.30-1 lpm. Andrew and Alan Divine (Art School) play you the stuff they play for themselves at home. Retro soul, Bobby Gentry. movie themes etc. Pre-club.

I Feel The Bun at Bennets. 11.30pm—3am. £2.50 (£1.25). Up tempo high energy. All draught beers and spirits £1.25.

I Flashback at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Hard house and techno from JP. Andy and guests. Can't see the DJs? They're playing in the kitchen, that’s why. cookin' up the tunes. I Fuddrultkers at Cleopatra‘s. 10.30pm-2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Disco. pop and 60s party vibes.

I Funkadellca at the Cathouse. 10.30pm-3am. £2 (£1). Classic funk. new funk, funk rock and rap offering an interesting alternative to ‘Get Sorted' also on at the venue the same night. Margaritas 50p. Gold Bier and vodka mix £1.

I Set Sorted at the Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1.50/ free before 11.30pm). Indie/alternative vibe in the new Cathouse with margaritas 50p. Gold Bier and vodka mix £1.

I Ground Control at Bar to. 9pm-midnight. Free. Heavy dub and drum ’n' bass from the inimitable duo.

I Interpol at Nico‘s. 8pm—close. Free. Paul Cawley from Phar Out playing ‘easy listening and cosmic jazz‘. Half-price Martinis and cheap cocktails. Pre-club.

I loaded at Fury Murry‘s. llpm—3am. £3. All spirits plus mixer 99p. Pints of Coors £1.50. Fury's stalwart Jim with retro guitar-based tunes to wind up the weekend.

I lube at The 13th Note (basement). 8pm—midnight. Free. The excellent Lube back again with drum ‘n‘ bass from L812 and Mann.

I Byron at The Brewery Tap. 8pm—midnight. Free. Dub techno pre-club from Andrew Taylor. Richard Nolan. Alan Atkins and Paulie.

I Shirley“: Temple at Archaos. llpm-3am. £5 (£3). A trippy mix of camp theatricals and hard house soundtrack from the radiant Ms Alston and Bob.

I Technomanla at The Rat Trap. 10.30pm-3am. £3. ‘Del and the boys from Paisley invade.’

I Velvet Boom llpm-3am. £5. Alan Ronald in Room Two with an open mix from classic house to soul and Martin Hesketh in Room One playing mellow hip hop, swingbeat and classic soul. All drinks £1.

I Wait lyrical at The Volcano. “pm-2.30am. £3. Techno funk and beefy

beats every Sunday with Lee and Dempster. Jim Hutchison guests regularly. a DJ with more spinbacks than Baruch Spinoza. the eminent Dutch Philosopher. Miller and Michelob Gold £1.50 plus Vox and tequila promos.


I Betty Woo at Betty‘s Mayonnaise. 11pm—3am. £2. A night ofdance. pop and house from DJs Tom and Gav. aimed directly at the Chinese community.

I Cleopatra's 10.30pm-3am. £2 (£1 with ticket). Gary Unett with a mix of mainstream pop and dance up at Clatty Pats.

I Club X at Club Xchange. 11.30pm-3am. £2.50 (£1.50). Gay. Hard house and garage. £1.25 all drinks. DJ Fast Eddie.

I Salsa Dance Club at Burlin' Jocks. 8pm—midnight. Latin American dance club. Mondays are the advanced nights. Tuesdays are best for beginners. Arrive early. Pre-club.

I Speedracer at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Steven mixes up a few indie-dance classics and retro tunes for a busy. up for it crowd in the tnain room.


I Boudoir at Brel. 8.30—1 lpm. Glasgow's top easy listening combo lay back up the west end. Pre-club.

I Club XChange l Ipm-3am. £2.50 (£1.50). Gay. Dance and chart sounds. £1.25 pints and spirits lager. 50p vodka. Pitched as the only gay night in town tonight.

I Eden at The Velvet Rooms. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Alan Ronald playing Britpop in Room One and Scott Mckay with mellow house in Room Two. Double vodka mix £1.25. margherita £1 . Hooch £1.25. selected beers £1.



I Glasgow School of Art 8pm-midnighr. Free. Dub night. Heavyweight sounds with regular guests and live performances. I Salsa Dance Club at Burlin‘ Jocks. 6pm-midnight. Latin American dance club. Mondays are the advanced nights. Tuesdays are best for beginners. Arrive early. Pre-club.

I Shooting Stars at The Garage. llpm—3am. £3 (£2) Insane drunken shenanigans eased along nicely by the chatty choons of Gerry and Iain in the main room. Staggering (you will be) drink promos. Vodka mix £1. margaritas 50p.

I The Shimmy Club at Bennets.

l 1.30pm—3am. £3. The legendary Shimmy returns in the newly revamped Bennets. Biggest party night in town.

I Trading Post at Cleopatra's. l0.30pm—2.30am. £2 (£1 with ticket).

C hart. mainstream and 60s ‘for the pub/club staffcrowd'.

I Wicked at Betty’s Mayonnaise. 10pm-3am. £3 (£2). indie pop and dance from DJ CJ (Archaos Thursdays).


I Bonnets 11.30pm—3am. £2.50. DJ Sara with upbeat dance. £1 gin and vodka £1.25 lager.

I Cheeseburger at the Velvet Rooms. llpm-3am. £3 (£2). Miss AJ presents a night of big party tunes in two rooms. Miller £1.50. Hooch £1.25. double vodka mix £1.25.

I chopper at Club Xchange. lO.30pm—3.30am. £3.50 (£2). Garage. house and 90s disco and pop from DJ _ Rory (Archaos Thursdays). Double vodka £1.25.

I Disco Wonderland at The Cathouse.

l 1pm—3am. £2 (£1.50/ free before 11.30pm). Super sounds from the 70s with margaritas 50p. Gold Bier and vodka mix £1.

I Fair at Reds. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). Groovy garage and club classics. Miller £ I .50. vodka-mix £1.

14 The List 7-20 Feb r997