Hello again from Glasgow. This month I thought it’d be good to talk a bit about a customer we’ve just newly started working with – the brilliantly-named Nice N Sleazy, a long-standing bar and venue on Sauchiehall Street in the city centre.
Glasgow city centre was part of my first patch when I started working for Matthew Clark. It’s a very vibrant, exciting place to work for anyone involved in the drinks industry. Part of what makes the city centre so interesting is that it is always changing as new bars, venues, hotels and restaurants open on what feels like (and probably is) a weekly basis. With the ever-growing permutations of where you can go to drink a glass of wine, see a gig or even eat a humble slice of pizza, established businesses will often need to constantly adapt or in some cases completely reinvent themselves, in order to keep pace with the ever-moving times.
In this continually changing environment, there are few constants, but Nice N Sleazy would certainly be one of them. Established in 1991, this fiercely independent bar and music venue have now been opening its doors on Glasgow’s busy Sauchiehall Street for over 25 years. In that time it has become one of the city’s most important small music venues – the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Arab Strap all had gigs in the venue downstairs here in their early days. Prior to starting my own career in the drinks trade, I had designs of my own of making a living from playing in a rock band, and cutting your teeth with a show at Nice N Sleazy was then – as it still is now – an absolute rite of passage for a young musician.
It’s not just about the music, the food and drink offer in the bar upstairs helps make Sleazy’s unique also. A few years ago, the bar was one of the first to pioneer the now commonplace practice of the ‘pop-up kitchen’. Currently serving from the Nice N Sleazy kitchen are the team from The Squid & Whale, much-loved purveyors of some of the best Mexican, Central and South American food that Glasgow has to offer. This particular pop-up was only supposed to last for a fortnight initially, but it was so successful that Sleazy’s asked them to stay forever… and they said yes! With the food offer taking a distinctly ‘Mesoamerican’ direction, the team are looking to do the same with their drinks range, and we’re currently working with them on expanding their selection of premium spirits and beers from this region too.
So, feel free to pop into Nice N Sleazy the next time you’re in Glasgow city centre to experience all this for yourself.
Cheers for reading!