7-UP 51 West Regent St.

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7-UP 51 West Regent St.

Postby Bruce » Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:14 pm

I found this advert in an old Glasgow Restaurant Guide (1988).

To open February '89
7-UP Bar and Diner delux
The World's first City Centre Bar and Eating House 7 floors down, set inside a Cavern
(Don't worry about steps - Luxury lift available to take you 7 down)
This is the place!
51 West Regent Street


Nobody I’ve spoken to remembers it. If it really was seven floors down they may have had problems getting a building warrant (fire escape would be a nightmare), so it may never have opened.

51 West Regent St is where Bamboo is (just up from the Odeon Cinema). I’m pretty sure this was where the Balti bar used to be, and I seem to remember that it was two or three floors below ground.

Does anyone know anything about it, and in particular is there really a “cavern” seven floors below West Regent St?
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Postby gap74 » Mon Nov 01, 2004 4:13 pm

Hmmm, interesting. The Balti Bar still exists, it's now called Modern India, and there was a basement Italian there for a while too - not sure if it's now part of Bamboo.

I've been in Bamboo, and it's certainly a warren, but doesn't, as far as I can remember, go down further than basement level - although in terms of area, it does take up a fair space under that building.

My main thoughts about this concern the Queen Street line, which runs under West Regent Street - some of the Odeon plans I found when I worked there show it right under the street, couldn't have made for a very peaceful ambience to have trains going by every few minutes during the day!

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Postby cumbo » Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:43 pm

Welcome Bruce
I know there was an Indian Restaurant being fitted out in the basement
next to Bamboo in 1992.The owner had spent thousands of pounds getting
art students to paint a large mural along one wall.
The building above was also in the final stages of a major redevelopment
and about a week before the Restaurant was due to open a fire gutted
the upper floors.
From what I can remember the fire caused huge damage and the basement(s)
filled up with water from the hoses.It took weeks to pump the water out and the
Indian murals were a bit muddy.
Its an intresting story I will try to find out more.
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Postby Closet Classicist » Tue Nov 02, 2004 5:52 pm

Howdy folks.

Cavern sounds like the good old Balti bar. Scene of many a scorched throat curry while at art school

The building you are talking about is an extension to the Castle Chambers which is one of Glasgow's best fin de siecle buildings. It was built between 1898 -1900 by the architect James Carruthers as the headquarters of the distilling and brewing G & J McLachan brothers whose brewery was known as the Castle Brewery hence name. All this flamboyance came for the mere snip of £28,000! Yep those were the days for cheap labour. The Renfield Street corner housed their flagship Palace Restaurant and has superb Pre-Raphhaelite maidens attributed to William Kellock Brown. Can't find any mention of a seven level basement though. Would be a great nightclub if there was one though. Or come to think of it an S&M dungeon. Spooky...

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Postby Bruce » Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:14 pm

I'm probably putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5 - but assuming there is a basement 7 floors down at 51 west regent street (and I keep thinking it might be a hoax or something), then it must be as down at a similar level to the low level queen street line. Is it possible that there was some connection between the basement & the railway (wasn't there something like that at the old Scotsman building in Edinburgh?)

It sounds very unlikely I know - but???

Can anyone remember how many floors down the balti bar was?
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Postby My Kitten » Fri Nov 05, 2004 7:46 am

Bruce wrote:Can anyone remember how many floors down the balti bar was?


Im sure it was only a couple of flights down, not that as much as 7.
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Postby JayKay » Fri Nov 05, 2004 12:38 pm

I'm pretty sure that was right. You entered at basement level - ie there were stairs down to the door from street level, then down another flight of stair once you went in.

It was an absolute cavern of a place for sure.
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Postby Closet Classicist » Tue Nov 09, 2004 6:43 pm

I actually think it might have been in a second basement i.e. you descended from ground to the sub street level entrance and then descended another level to get to the Balti bar.
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Postby cumbo » Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:21 pm

Perhaps the'luxury lift' was only going down one floor but gave the impression of going 7.In one side out the other?
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Postby DickyHart » Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:35 am

Thats an awfully slow lift
Is this gonna be a standup fight, sir, or another bughunt?
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Postby Bruce » Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:26 pm

Here's a copy of the advert.

You have to excuse the dodgy picture (we are talking about later 1980's afterall)

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(I've only just worked out how to post images)

I keep wondering if it is some kind of hoax - but i can't see any reason why anyone would pretend to have cavern bar 7 floors down.
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Postby Sharon » Wed Nov 10, 2004 1:12 pm

Maybe if you started at the top of the building it went down 7 floors?

Sorry if anyones suggested that.
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Postby dazza » Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:44 pm

Why did they ever think they could get away with using the name 7Up. Even the logo looks similar to that of the soft drink.
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Postby JayKay » Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:45 pm

That perhaps explains why it didnt open :wink:
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Postby Bruce » Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:18 pm

That and the fact that if it was 7 floors down - I can't see anyway they could have provided adequate fire escapes etc. :?
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