The best things in life aren't always free, but many of them can be cheaper if you know where to look. Over the next six pages, we'll tell you how to live it up for less. Whether you want to impress that dinner date with the best, freshest and cheapest ingredients; become a perfectly toned sports machine without needing financial muscle; or just get horribly drunk for a few quid, we've got the tip-offs you need.

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I ABC Muirend 380 Clarkston Road. 633 2123. Not only the best original decor (on a Spanish theme) and a decent- sized screen. but this is the cheapest cinema in Glasgow.

Best deal: All tickets £2 for shows beginning before 5pm. Mon—Fri.

Best concession: Main evening shows cost £2.20. Mon—Fri.

Other bargains: Non~concessionary rate of £2.80 for main evening shows.

I GFT 12 Rose Street. 332 8128. The pick of the arthouse circuit with state of the art projection. comfy seating and a friendly bar.

Best deal: Matinees cost £3.25.

Best concession: Admission to selected Monffue shows costs £1.50.

Other bargains: Five tickets for £16.

I Grosvenor Ashton Lane. 339 4298. A firm favourite with students. The big red seats are comfy and the booking policy is on the commercial side of arthouse.

Best deal: All seats cost £2.50 before 6.30pm.

Best concession: CAP and child concessions £1.60; student concessions £2.50 all performances.


I Cameo 38 Home Street. 228 4141. The tnost arty of the commercial movies and commercial of the arty films get screened at this very comfortable student favourite.

Best deal: All seats half price on Mon. Best concession: First show. Wed £1. Other bargains: Budget (‘urd (£7.50 per year; concession £5 per year) gets you in at concession rates. Mon—Fri.

I Filmhouse 88 Lothittn Road. 22. 2688. The pick of the arthouse circttit. Screen 1 is by far the best appointed in town and the new Screen 3 is well worth a visit.

Best deal: Fri matinees: all tickets £1.20. Best concession: Sun—Thurs tnatinees £1.50.

I St Bride's Centre It) ()rwell Terrace. 346 1405, Neither the tnost comfy seats or up-to-date equipment. bttt then occasional screenings of 16mm prints on Friday afternoons are a ship.

Best deal: All screenings are 50p.



I Bar Brel 3‘) Ashton Lane. 342 4966. Stylish. busy West lind bar with restaurant and music and/or 1)] most nights.

Best deal: ()n Mondays and Tuesdays. from 9pm. Tom (‘olquhoun plays mellow acoustic stuffon two guitars at the same time. . and it's free.

Other bargains: Happy Hour every day 4- 7pm. with free entertainment. ()n 'l‘hursdays. 1)] Andy young plays Brazilian ja/z/soul/funk fusion. ()n l‘ridays and Saturdays there‘s ('ttt't't/ ,llt'st-ltt'tj/ a Neanderthal man in a cage. getting up to no good . . .

I Curlers 256 Byres Road. 334 1284. Glasgow University students” hang-out. A busy. traditional-style pub. which is always packed at the weekends.

Best deal: Glory Box on 'l‘uesdays is a

free night featuring three indie bands. Other argatns: Jock Tamson's on

I Thursday to Sunday nights is a free bash

featuring Scottish bands.

. I Nice n' Sleazy 421 Sauchiehall

Street. 333 9637. Major live music venue. with live bands every night playing a range that covers indie. dance and punk. Best deal: Most bands cost £2-£3. Other bargains: Drinks promos Sunday to Thursday. including cocktails at £1.50—£2, four-pintjugs of lager or beer at £5 and flavoured vodkas at £1.

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I The Attic [)yer's Close. Cowgate. 225 8382. Upstairs from Legends. this recently renovated gig-space-cum-club is probably the best place to catch the up- and-coming local talent and the smaller touring bands. The emphasis is mainly. although not exclusively. on scuzzy guitar bands and it's frotn here that the recently—signed Magicdrive first poked their tousled heads. Gigs are usually around £2 and hardly ever more than £3. I Henry’s Cellar Bar 8a Morrison Street. 221 1288. More late licence shenanigans at Henry‘s with live bands on almost every night from around 10pm until closing time at around 2-3am.

2 There's a jazzy bent to most of what

happens here. with local faces on the scene turning up to jam and spin extended improv sessions. DJs often appear. adding a more hip hop flavour to proceedings and the East Coast Project have been known to show. lintrance costs £2-£4. and there‘s usually a

E concessionary rate of £1 off.

I Songwriters’ Showcase Tron Tavern. Hunter Square. Information: 661 5275. livery Tuesday at 8.30pm the Tron fills up with a diverse bunch of musicians all eager to prove their talents in front of a supportive crowd of fellow singers/ songwriters and non-musos. As you might expect. the range of styles and skill on offer varies dramatically. but for every bunt note there's a golden chord. You never know. you could be the first to see the new Alanis Morissette. All it costs is £1.

I Whistle Binkies o Niddry Street. 557 5114. Dark. dimly-lit and blessed with cave-like little siderooms. Whistle Binkies has long been a favourite with Edinburgh's drinkers. not least on account of its 3am closing time. Late drinking is good; late drinking with live music is even better. and this joint has seen some hell/.apoppin‘ evenings. Folk. country. pop and rock all get a look in seven nights a week and it's free to get in.


I Assembly Direct Jazz Directions Mitchell Theatre. Granville Street. 287 551 l. The principal year-round international jazz promotion in Scotland. Prices are moderate by rock standards. with ticket prices in Glasgow often a shade cheaper than Edinburgh.

Best deal: Standard ticket price. with some reduced-price multi-concert offers. Best concession: Varies slightly. but usually around £4-£5.

I Basement Jazz Ramshorn Theatre. ()8 lngratn Street. 552 348‘). A step up from free pub entertainment. It's not in a basement these days. bill when it is on. it runs late-night on Fridays. and offers