The opening salvo sees the hopeless ragtag heroes duke it out in a brief five-a-side football match at the Firhill Health Complex. “Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of f*&%ing fabrics.”
The London hotel room where the drug deal takes place was actually filmed in the George Hotel, with a cameo from Keith Allen. It was part demolished after a fire, now occupied by HMV, so if go in there to buy the film, chances are you are standing where the cast did.
The Crosslands pub where Begbie recalls his rather unfunny pool incident, only to throw his glass away and start a full-on bar brawl. “Begbie didn’t do drugs either. He just did people. That’s what he got off on.”
Despite the majority of the film, based on Irvine Welsh's 1993 cult novel, taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow was used for the majority of filming and many of the iconic scenes took place in the city. Traipse around town, revisiting the places visited by Renton, Sickboy, Begbie and Spud, with the likes of Born Slippy, Primal Scream and Iggy Pop and pulsating repeatedly in your ears.
The west-end Volcano nightclub where Renton meets Kelly MacDonald’s schoolgirl lolita Diane was sadly demolished in 1995 soon after filming finished. However, ardent fans can still re-enact the teasing taxi scene on Benalder Street.
Far out of the city, Rouken Glen Park is where Renton and Sickboy discuss Sean Connery movies before shooting a dog with an air-rifle, one of the film’s funniest moments. “Do you shee the beasht? Have you got it in your shights?”
Many of the interior scenes were shot in an old disused factory that previously belonged to WD & HO Wills Tobacco, located on Alexandra Parade in the city’s East End. However, a decade after the production wrapped, the building was redeveloped into the City Park business complex to the tune of £20 million. It is Scotland’s largest office development, and was seen to be a prime example of a modern working environment for 21st century Glasgow.
Found at 570 Maryhill Road, Café d’ Jaconelli is where Renton and Spud share a romantic milkshake and some speed before the latter attends a hilariously awful interview - “In a word. Pleasure. My pleasure in other people’s leisure.”