Cramped basement venue with an eclectic musical remit and a strong roster of resident DJs. The food upstairs is hearty enough to fuel clubbers to the finish
Clubs don’t get much more intimate than La Cheetah, where the DJ booth and huge Funktion-One soundsystem alone take up a large quantity of the floor space. But that’s the beauty of this fast-emerging basement venue, which has been a breeding ground for all kinds of exciting new names on Glasgow’s booming electronic dance music scene over the last few years – including the Numbers and LuckyMe – and frequently welcomes big names from around the world. Expect to know everyone on the dancefloor by the end of the night.
Opened in 2009 and situated downstairs from Max’s Bar and Grill – the former Twisted Wheel on Queen Street – La Cheetah is deliberately subtle with its signposting, adding to the underground feel. Music ranges from techno and dubstep to house, electro and rock ’n’ roll, and familiar faces from the local scene here can include resident DJs such as Jamie Thomson, Jackmaster and Optimo. Big name touring acts who’ve dropped by in recent years include Omar S, Kevin Saunderson and Theo Parrish.
There’s a bar downstairs, meaning you never need come up for air until kicking out time should you so choose. If you want to fuel up before club o’clock, Max’s upstairs is well recommended. Drinks-wise, they’ve got a wide range of beers on tap, including Scottish brews from WEST and Williams Bros. In terms of food, it’s home-cooked, American-style fare such as hot dogs, burgers, subs, pizzas, fajitas and nachos. The 14-inch über-dog with pepperoni, caramelised onions and lava cheese sauce will leave the hungriest of diners feeling full all night long.
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73 Queen Street