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Scottish Nationalists Are Setting Up Their Own Pro-Independence Nightclub Called The 45

People who voted No will be allowed in, but the BBC is barred.

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A Scottish bar owner is planning to open a pro-independence nightclub called The 45.

Jim McGlaughlin is seeking premises for a 500-capacity nightclub in Glasgow named in honour of the 45% of Scots who voted Yes in September's referendum.

McGlaughlin, who changed the name of his pub Vespbar to Yesbar during the referendum campaign, said The 45 will be a music venue and club in the city centre where Yes voters can gather for late-night drinks.

"It's been something we've been looking at since the end of the referendum," McGlaughlin told BuzzFeed News. "I can't say too much about it yet, but the plan is to set up a club called The 45 somewhere quite close to the Yesbar in Glasgow."

Yesbar's business "more or less doubled" after its name change, said McGlaughlin. "It wasn't a commercial decision, we just felt we had to do something to help the cause, but we were really surprised by the extra business and support that we had."

In addition to the highly successful Glasgow Yesbar and the proposed club, McGlaughlin is also looking to crowdfund a chain of Yesbars throughout Scotland to give Yes voters places to socialise and campaign for May's general election.

Scots who voted No will still be allowed into the venues, said McGlaughlin: "We've got quite a mixed crowd at Yesbar. There's lots of debate going on, and it's all quite good-natured and intelligent."

The only people he won't let in are the BBC, who are banned from filming in the Yesbar due to "bias" in the run-up to the referendum. He said: "The way the BBC manipulated the message and pushed the No agenda so much, it was really shocking, so after that we had to take a stance."

McGlaughlin said he might consider letting the BBC into The 45, but "only if they apologise to the people of Scotland for their bias".

The nightclub should open "in the next five months", he said, in time for May's general election.

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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