7 Iconic Glasgow Nightclubs

As many of you know, music has always been part of our DNA here at Forty Clothing. Our head-honcho Harry a favourite in our famous clubbing scene in Glasgow. That musical passion we have has now been integrated with our brand and often inspires much of what we do.

We take a look back a 7 iconic nightclubs that were once legendary in our city of Glasgow.


Cleopatra's Glasgow - Forty Clothing

Nicknamed “Clatty Pats”, this nightclub was located in the West End and was a local hotspot throughout the 80’s & 90’s in Glasgow. Cheap booze and cheesey tunes made Clatty Pats a popular hangout for students, it is still a popular student club however operates under new owners and is slightly more upmarket.


Volcano - nightclub glasgow

Staying in the West End, you may remember Volcano, the brainchild our good friend Colin Barr. The club was famously shown in the film Trainspotting, where Renton met Diane.


Archoas - Glasgow - nightclub - Forty Clothing

A look inside the former nightclub, Archoas was perhaps one of the cities most infamous hotspots. It has been reported that Charlie Sheen once spent the night in Archaos partying with Paul Gascoigne. Need we say more?

The Tuxedo Princess

The Tuxedo Princess – Floating Nightclub, Glasgow. Opened in 1988. Full revamp 1992. Closed 1998.


Destiny - Glasgow - NightClub

“My first nightclub” for an entire generation of Glaswegians, this was the place to go for foam parties, shot girls, ultra-cheap booze (a round of VK anyone?) and floors stickier than a painter’s radio.

credit: Glasgow Live

Henry Afrikas

Not just the hottest nightclub in Glasgow, but one of the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere, Henry Afrikas was Mark Goldinger’s baby. Rod Stewart famously performed here in 1983.

The Arches

The Arches played host to club nights since 1992 with some nights being promoted by outside companies and others being in-house productions. Notable long-running regular clubs to be held in the venue included:

Slam at the Arches

One of the first club nights to be hosted in The Arches, Slam ran every Friday between 1992 and 1998. Originally the night was held in now defunct Glasgow venue Tin Pan Alley and later The Sub Club. It was hosted by local techno producers Slam but also featured regular guests, most notably Underworld and Daft Punk (in their first UK appearance in 1997).


In 1998, after six years of running Friday club nights at The Arches, Slam created a bigger, monthly event, Pressure, on the last Friday of every month. The night had at least two rooms of music playing mainly house and techno. Pressure saw some of the largest names in dance music play The Arches, including Jeff MillsCarl CraigDerrick CarterRichie HawtinLaurent GarnierFelix da HousecatRicardo Villalobos, Boys Noize, Vitalic, and Erol Alkan.[25][26]

Other club nights

Other well-established club nights at the Arches included:

  • Colours (1995) 
  • Inside Out (1996) 
  • Death Disco (2002) 
  • Octopussy (2005) 
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