What’s On At COP26: Pop up co-working and event space opens minutes from SECC

A last minute call for bands to collaborate at pop-up venue showcasing ethical collectives has gone out after a new co-working space come bar opened in just six-days.

The idea was to help overcome a lack of space and provide an independent venue within walking distance of the main COP26 activities.

Now 75.5 Steps: a local business-led collaboration between The Drink Cabinet and Glasgow bar operator and event producer, Willie Tombe – is open until the end of November,

The historic loft space of the old Finnieston fishmongers will function as a co-working hub by day, transforming into a bar and events space by night.

Organisers say access will be across daytime and evenings featuring local businesses, artists, and brands promoting a sustainable ethos and championing change.

The venue will be open from 10am-12am until the 25th November.

75.5 Steps will also host events from brands pioneering sustainability, and changing the future of the drinks industry for the better.

The schedule of events will run from Wednesday the 3rd of November until Thursday 25th November. Highlights include a reverse cocktail competition, where bartenders will judge brands’ signature serves on their eco-credentials, plus an open forum debate with industry leaders.

Willie Tombe, bar operator and event producer said: “I’m excited to work with The Drink Cabinet to pull together an expansive roster of local and national creatives, and provide a space for broader conversation around the COP summit objectives.

“Our shared passions are absolutely rooted within the events and service sector, but we look forward to inviting a variety of contributors from a range of industries over the course of the next few weeks.

“It’s important to me that we capture the spirit of the moment in the city, and collaborate on progressing whatever legacy COP26 may leave on Glasgow.”

The venue will also act as a gallery for Scottish artists and makers to exhibit and sell their pieces. A UK exclusive immersive sound and video production by Sven Werner,  installations from local social artist Greer Pester, t-shirts from Edinburgh-based ethical clothing brand Dream On, and sustainably produced period products from Grace and Green are amongst those on display.

The Drink Cabinet is a Glasgow-born creative and marketing agency focused on the drinks industry and licensed trade.

Founder, Lauren Stewart, said: “This is a story of the typical Glasgow beer mat entrepreneur. We saw this incredible building with a long history and were lucky enough to have the opportunity to do something exciting, really showcasing the talent and passion of Glasgow. Keep in mind, we had around six days to pull it together.

“To me, it’s a testament to the network of creatives, doers and thinkers in our town. The support from local businesses and creatives has been incredible, I think we’ve got a great local line up to showcase!”

More information about exhibiting and a full calendar of events is available via the venue’s website.

Organisers said there are still a few evening slots available for any inspiring and aspiring brands to collaborate with 75.5 Steps on something memorable. Get in touch to get involved.

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