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As one of Glasgow’s top entertainment venues, The Corinthian Club welcomes its fair share of customers into its Grade-A listed Victorian building.
Containing five floors of bars, restaurant and even a casino, the Corinthian has been described as ‘a setting of the highest European standard’, but few customers know the true story behind this gritty court house turned glamorous bistro.
The Hour sent design duo Colin and Justin to Ingram Street to speak to the club’s venue director, Michael Bergson, about the inspiration behind Corinthian’s quirky design.
Walking into the building’s lavishly decorated lobby, Colin was immediately struck by how many changes the venue had gone through since it first opened in the late 1800s.
He said: “It’s a building with a very chequered past. On this grand Scottish sight there has been a wealthy Scottish manor, a fabulous Scottish bank, and even a court house.
“Since the 1990s its been an entertainment venue playing host to some of the cities glitziest party animals but a recent refurbishment has reinvented it once again for a new generation of Scots, and they’ve gone all out to make this one of the most glamorous spaces in Scotland.”
The jewel in the crown of the building is undoubtedly the beautiful Teller’s Bar. Once a banking room, this restaurant/bar now hosts hundreds of Glasgow’s most glamorous party goers but still retains a few hints of its former glory.
Justin said of the room: “It’s just an absolutely OTT wedding cake of a room packed with great features.”
Venue director Michael is understandably proud of his club’s gloriously decorated hub and spoke about its most defining features:
“You have this beautiful ceiling that people just love to be under, but people also want a comfortable space.
“We wanted to make sure there was no feeling of stuffiness. This is a place where people can relax and have fun.”
But it’s not only Glaswegians who come to enjoy the Corinthian’s grand décor. People from around the world have flocked to Scotland’s biggest city to see this magnificent building in all it’s splendour.
Michael added: “We actually get people from all over the world from cities like Milan and Barcelona saying they are blown away and that they wish they had something like this in their own cities.”
The Corinthian is located on Ingram Street and is open 24 hours 7 days a week. Further details are found here.