Rival Unions: Part One - GUU
For new students (or old students with no imagination) the Glasgow nightlife scene revolves around the two student unions - the Glasgow University Union (generally known as the GU or GUU) or Queen Margaret Union (the QM). Most UK universities only have one union, but Glasgow's two unions date back to the time when there was a separate union for men and women, and though now both are co-ed, they each have characteristic traits which can more or less be attributed to this history.
The GU was the boys union and it shows. It homes all of the university's various sporting clubs and because of this the testostorone can be felt a mile a way. It's basically a jock's union, with a lot of old school conservatism thrown in.
How this relates to its position as a bar and night club is that the GU is pretty sleazy and overwhelmed by drunken rowdy rugby players. Of the two unions it has the bigger budget and as such the cheaper booze, and this is what it's known for. It makes no pretention to decent music - the GUU stands as a beacon for those who wish to destroy their livers on a budget or for those who feel the need to drink until they forget what an awful place they're in. [more]