Nightclubs given go ahead to stay open until 4am

Ten Glasgow clubs are allowed to extend opening hours following a pilot scheme delayed by the Covid pandemic.

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Nightclubs in Glasgow can continue opening until 4am, after being granted approval from the council.

Some clubs were allowed to extend their hours under a pilot scheme launched in 2019.

The process was delayed due to the Covid pandemic, and the pilot period expanded.

The city’s licensing board met on Friday to decide whether 4am licences should be retained.

Councillors on the board heard from licensing officials and Police Scotland on experiences during the pilot.

Ten clubs submitted licence applications: Bamboo, Savoy, Sub Club, Polo Lounge, 90 Glassford Street, The Cathouse, The Garage, Tropicana & Vogue, Kokomo and the Berkeley Suite.

When the 4am proposal was initially announced in 2018, the then chair of the licensing board, councillor Matt Kerr, said there had been a “strong view” in discussions over licensing policy that a “more European approach would avoid the rush to consume alcohol before closing time”.

He said the board wanted to “support the licensed trade as much as we can while also ensuring we still provide the safeguards expected of us by the licensing legislation”.

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