Venue Guide: O2 ABC Glasgow

Scotland has a reputation for boasting the most boisterous crowds for their gigs.  If you have any doubts about that, a trip to the friendly city of Glasgow and their O2 ABC venue will soon change your mind. Here’s what you need to know about the centrally located venue. 

Address: 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

Telephone number: 0141 332 2232

Brief History 
Built in 1875, the building has been a cinema, a circus (rumour has it that there was a polar bear in the circus and that is the reason why one of the bars is now called the Polar Bar) a dancehall and now a music venue with 2 rooms; ABC1 holds 1300 and ABC2 holds 350 

Who has played there?
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Arab Strap, Paolo Nutini, Kasabian, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, The 1975, Chvrches, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding to name just a few!

Have there been any “I was there” moments?
Adele in 2011, it was just after she performed ‘Someone Like You’ at the Brits and went absolutely massive!

How do I get there?
The nearest subway stop is Cowcaddens, the closest train station is Charing Cross and there are plenty of bus stops all along Sauchiehall Street (3, 4 and 18) It’s also a very short walk from Glasgow Central Station.

Where to park. 
The nearest multi-storey car park is on Bath Street or there is some parking on the street which is free after 6pm

Where should I eat?
There’s plenty of choices for food all around the venue!
Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food is just along the road.  
Nice N Sleazy serve amazing Mexican food from the people behind The Squid and Whale
Broadcast serve burgers (meat, veggie and vegan!) as well as pizzas.  There’s plenty of choices for food all around the venue!

Where can I stay?
The O2 ABC is right in the centre of Glasgow so there are lots of places to stay very close by.
The closest hotels are the Novotel (Pitt Street) or the Dakota (West Regent Street)

TicketWeb Tip.  
If you’re there early then head upstairs to the pod bar where you can get a great, clear view of the stage with no one in
front of you. There really aren’t any bad spots to stand, you’ll always have a great view of the stage and you’ll always
be close to the bar! If you need a breather during a show then head for the Polar Bar where you can still hear the show
but you can have a little rest from the crowds!

Where can you carry on the party?
If it’s a Thursday, Friday or Saturday then you can stay in the venue for their club nights and dance the night away
underneath the biggest disco ball in Europe! If you’re just looking for a late bar then Nice N Sleazy, Broadcast, Bloc
and The Howlin Wolf are all close by and usually open until 3am!

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