As you walk off Hope Street and descend the stairs into Swing you feel as if you are entering a different time and place. The New York of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ perhaps…
Decked out in an elegant art-deco style this intimate bar and cabaret venue offers something completely different from the assortment of other bars in the centre of Glasgow. Friendly and attentive bar staff provide excellent table service and are there to cater to your every need whether you would like cocktails, wine or one of their premium beers. The Sauvignon Blanc I settled on was crisp, icy cold and delicious.
A major enticement into Swing is the diverse array of talent who perform on Friday and Saturday evenings. An acrobat with multiple hula hoops entertained the audience with her act on the small stage area during the first part of the evening.
Headlining the evening’s entertainment were Swing regulars, The Fortunate Sons. A Glasgow based band comprising two guitarists and a violinist they played an impressive set in a blues/country style. The music added to an atmosphere of America from a bygone age. With Swing open until 3am it is the perfect night out for those who are looking for somewhere a bit different to go at the weekend. Elegance, sophistication, beautiful surroundings, unique entertainment and live music from rap to jazz – Swing truly is a bonus to Glasgow’s nightlife.
By Nicola Watt