My Glasgow - Alan Linn

Alan Linn, owner of Norwood Club, New York.

Although Alan has been living in New York for 10 years he is still proud to be called a Glaswegian.



14 May 2015
2 minute read

Alan Linn is owner of Norwood in New York, a club for creative people including actors, film, TV directors, artists, musicians, restaurateurs and gallery curators. 


Photo credit: Image of Alan Linn by Dennis Kwan; Glasgow Necropolis Image by Michael Lee

What makes Glasgow unique?

The curiosity of Glaswegians makes Glasgow so unique.  They are always looking to develop something new or introduce something new to Glasgow.

It is an extremely creative city filled with an abundance of creative, curious individuals that are not afraid to look at the global stage for inspiration. I think we consider ourselves as Internationalists (but I think all Scots are!)

What are the must do’s for a new visitor to the city? 

A must for me is to have a great curry at one of the Indian restaurants around Gibson Street.  As a big food lover this blew my mind in the late 1970s.

Maybe our (former) colonialism is not its best badge to wear in history, however more than a century later I believe it has added to the great diversity of the city.

Glasgow has some of the best Indian restaurants in the UK and has held the title of curry capital of Britain. 

A visit to the Glasgow Necropolis is a must, this is a 37-acre Victorian garden cemetery full of wonderful architecture and sculpture adjacent to Glasgow.

What is the City’s best kept secret? 

To me The Horse Shoe Bar, which in the early 1900s had become something of a Glasgow institution and was as popular with the prosperous merchants as it was with the working class.   Both my Dad and I even used to drink there, a great place to enjoy the quintessential lunchtime pie and a pint!   It’s also reputed to have one of the longest bars in Europe.

If Glasgow was a song what would it be?

Up Song: “The Downtown Lights” by Blue Nile. 

Down Song: “Oh ye cannae fling pieces oot a twenty-storey flat.” (The jeely piece* song).

(Note: *In Glasow, a 'jeely piece' is a jam (ie, jelly) sandwich.  Mothers in tradional Glasgow tenements were known for wrapping up a 'jeely piece' snack in greaseproof paper and throwing it down to their children ('weans') playing in the street 3-storeys below.  This tradition alas was not so easy to maintain when many Glasgow families were moved from tenements into high-rise apartments in the 1960s and 1970s as hurling  a jeely piece 20-storeys down could result in taking someone's eye out!)