Dilated remains a pretty unusual force in Glasgow clubbing terms: a night based around old school hip-hop, beats and funk that caters to street cultured kids as well as discerning musos.

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The wonderfully named DJ Muppet took punters on a journey through the eras of hip-hop: from its inception in The Bronx, gangsta rap and the explosion of the 90s, to the slick turntablists of the noughties such as DJ Shadow and DJ Format.

A smattering of 70s funk completed the soundtrack to a surprisingly civilised soiree.

It was the last Dilated to be held in Bath Street's Bloc, a bar you can't accuse of failing to fulfill its remit of fostering an eclectic selection of clubs spanning almost all musical genres and subcultures.

In this one relatively tiny boozer you can find nights dedicated to punk and post-hardcore (Struggle), heavy indie (Teenage Riot), industrial noise (Deathkill 4000), acoustic and folk (Glasgow Slow Club), alternative electro (New Life) and live, sweaty new music (Laid).

That is not to mention last-minute secret acoustic sets from the likes of Frightened Rabbit and – just last night – The Twilight Sad, RM Hubbert and Ross Clark.

Such a rotating carnival of bleeding edge music has cemented its legendary status among the alternative community, but the bar is also thoroughly popular with mainstreamers.

The White Russians and two-for-one pizzas and burgers make it an attractive hangout for those outside indie circles, too.

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