Back in the day it wasn’t kebabs, but tripe, “chappit tatties” and pigs’ trotters.
It is a common sight on a Saturday night in most towns and cities across Scotland.
Bleary-eyed revellers emerge from pubs and clubs at closing time and stumble into a takeaway, on the hunt for a late-night snack.
Earlier this week, Broughty Ferry takeaway Khans was granted a late licence after it was suggested that kebabs would help reduce incidents of domestic violence.
But the idea of a post-pub greasy feast helping to prevent disorderly behaviour in the city is nothing new it actually goes as far back as the earliest years of the 20th century.
Back then, Dundee pubs opened at 8am and closed at 11pm, with more than 400 licence holders for the population of 160,000.
It was common for eating-houses to remain open until after midnight on Saturdays, and delicacies on offer to drunken punters included tripe, “chappit tatties”, roasted spuds and pigs’ trotters.
The availability of such grub was aimed at “neutralising the effect of alcohol”, according to an Evening Telegraph report from 1962 which was looking back at the city’s alcohol culture.
Iain Flett, city archivist, said: “There was all sorts of fast food available in those days, including the bridie which was good for the workers because they had something to hold onto even if their hands were dirty.
“Buster stalls mushy peas, mashed potatoes and vinegar were also popular.
“That was sold on the street and you were given a plate which you had to hand back once you were finished.
“It was returned to the vendor who gave it a quick wipe before serving food on it to the next person.
“They didn’t really do food hygiene back then!”
In the early 1900s, Dundee had earned the title of “Scotland’s Wettest City” and no wonder. Drunken men had become comic figures and wife-beating was so prevalent it was even joked about by women.
The Tele report from the time said: “When the lassies played ‘hoosies’, the one acting the husband, wearing the man’s cap and with an empty clay pipe in her mouth, always adopted a staggering gait as if drunk and proceeded to punch the spouse.”
In those days, there was no law banning children from being given alcohol to carry out and youngsters were often paid to fetch liquor for older citizens, known as “running the cutter”.
Last week, councillors agreed that Dundee now has too many places selling alcohol and the city’s licensing board has now adopted a tougher stance on applications for new licensed premises.
But things aren’t much different now than they were 100 years ago. In 1913, pressure to deal with Scotland’s drink problem resulted in the passing of the Temperance (Scotland) Act which laid down a later opening time of 10am instead of 8am and, during the First World War, pubs were only allowed to open for eight hours.
In the 1920s, prohibitionists Edwin “Neddy” Scrymgeour and Bob Stewart both from Dundee stepped up their campaign to have pubs closed, which later resulted in Scrymgeour being elected as MP for the city.
Today, there are 100 fewer licensed premises in city but the pubs and the takeaways remain as popular as ever.