The Muscular Arms was a gay place as I recall, as was the Vintners down next to Custom House (and since demolished).
I think Maxwells premises are still there on the Broomielaw, aren't they the one with the half a boat above the door? You'll have to forgive me if get any of this wrong but it's f**kin' ages ago and I was probably drunk.
How about the Warehouse and the Mardi Gras, both behind St Enochs? (sorry guys, hopeless on streetnames!) The Warehouse had a fancy doorway all panelled in glass bricks and was impossibly trendy, even featuring in a film that starred BA Robertson, the title of which escapes me. It was the kind of place where you were afraid to approach the door. The Mardi Gras had a moving dancefloor that went up and down thru the four different discos in the complex. What was the name of the place on the corner of that street that used to have bands on, on a Saturday afternoon?
As you went in the door of the Mardi Gras there was a small Bistro, but no-one ever sat there. One night me and some of the guys took a pal's wee sister with us. She was 16 and so scared she was shaking. (It used to be like that, people would get so wired about these joints). As we walked in the door, she stopped and sniffed.
"Can anyone smell prawns or is it just me?" she said. We were all about 20. Poor girl.
Across the Street there used to be the Coconut Grove, very briefly modish and featured on Taggart at least once.
Biggest loss is surely Change at Jamaica, over the river, now an Indian Restaurant. It used to be open all night and we'd all go for breakfast after the Subbie or the Dirtbox had closed. (I'm old enough to remember before the Sub Club was the Sub Club and it was called Lucifers and further back when the Sub Club was just a one night a week, and it was called The Gang Hut and was at Maestros. Anyone remember the Sunday night at Lucifers was called the Low Down Dirty Dive after a Sunday Post Headline described it thus? Before being Lucifers it was the Jamaica Inn.) I always used to get French Toast.
Round the corner from the Subby there was a place called the Goldmine, now closed. Always looked stinky anyway.
These old clubs remind me of seeing the Zante Misfits at Joannas (in St Vincent Street? Where the Abbey National Building is now and wasn't it formerly the Empire Ballroom or something? Come on guys!) I really did see the Simple Minds at the Mars Bar, but back when Kenny Mizak was still with them (he left to form Set The Tone. Keeping up?) and the Minds were still Johnny and The Self Abusers. BTW if everyone who says they were there that night really had been the Minds would have been playing stadiums a lot sooner. Also, saw Aztec camera at the Bungalow but that was Paisley so needn't concern us here.
What was the place under Cardinal Follies? La Mirrelle? Had a courtyard and a Fountain?
Underneath the Nile there used to be a pre-club thing called the Source. For about 6 months no-one went anywhere else.
Up Park Circus way was a place called Diva in a basement, trendy for 2 weeks.
Changed days, innit? I can't think of a single place in the Town now that would give the frisson we used to get just going up to the door of Nico's or going to the Rock Garden, for a few years the only Glasgow nightery for trendy kids like me, to get a bottle of Grolsch. Or hanging about in the Cul-De-Sac when it first opened, drinking Coors. The drink at the Subby was Red Stripe. In those days all these beers were the genuine imported article. It used to be bloke up on Balmore Industrial Estate who brought it all over. (he put a sticker on the side of the cans! Oh, and if you bought Grolsch you got a pound back on the bottle!)
Can I interest anyone in a second hand youth? Only slightly wasted?