Calling anything the ‘coolest’ is always going to be controversial. And so when we unveiled our annual list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods yesterday, it sent a lot of readers and commenters into a heated – but goodhearted – my-area’s-better-than-yours frenzy.
Some are miffed theirs didn’t make the cut, others surprised theirs did. Mainly, it seems we all feel a helluva lot more of affection for our neighbourhoods than usual right now (no doubt because we’ve all had to spend so much time hanging relatively close to home these past six months). And nowhere more so, it seems, than in Glasgow.
Their city’s number one hotspot this year was Dennistoun, which we ranked the eighth coolest neighbourhood in the world (taking into account locals’ answers in our annual Time Out Index survey, along with the opinions of our global network of editors and contributors).
Malcolm Jack, our Glasgow expert, praised this ‘secluded island’ in the city’s East End for ‘its sense of independence unlike any other corner of this city’. He also highlighted its affordable housing, top-notch pubs, thriving cultural life and array of community initiatives that have really stood out during lockdown.
Inevitably, some locals agreed wholeheartedly – while others took a more self-deprecating stance. Here are some of our favourite reactions from Twitter over the past 24 hours.
Nah, but Dennistoun is top eight so... pic.twitter.com/HEpFDra01a— Laura Thomson (@LTwritesfunny) October 6, 2020
Dennistoun the 8th coolest neighbourhood in the WORLD? 😂😂😂😂😂 somebody pished in ma close a few weeks ago https://t.co/5xfJ5hoTgd— Rachel Coburn (@rachelcoburn_) October 6, 2020
I moved to Dennistoun three days before lockdown and even though I haven’t been able to enjoy the local businesses as much as I’d have hoped it’s been such a blessing being in this area through lockdown. So many nice streets and parks https://t.co/Qzg5hGWjMF— Fraz🍓🏴🇪🇺🎗 (@FraserWilson95) October 6, 2020
Lasting memory of Dennistoun is exceptional scran/pints but also getting our close door pished on regularly https://t.co/SJf5o5wZd1— Liam Bryce (@LiamBryce_) October 7, 2020
Nobody:— @Gray__Z (@Gray__Z) October 7, 2020
The papers: Glasgow’s coolest up-and-coming neighbourhood, Dennistoun
Barcelona, New York, Hong Kong, Dennistoun.....Time Out really is amusing— Herman Stone (@HermanStone17) October 6, 2020
I left Dennistoun to live in Berlin 3 years ago.— Bry (@PifflePatter) October 6, 2020
I feel like a fool. A DAMN FOOL, I TELL YOU!
Want to see the full list? These are the coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2020.