Artsy Places to Eat and Drink in Glasgow

With so many museums, galleries and other pieces of art to see in Glasgow, you're going to need to stop and refuel at some point - here's a selection of artsy places to stop off while discovering the city's trove of art.

Dining Out

Tron Bar & Kitchen


The Tron Bar & Kitchen, part of Glasgow’s Tron Theatre serves up a tasty menu of Scottish produce from Orkney beef to Oban king scallops.Try a pint of their Cherub & Skull house lager and see if you can spot the sculptures on the theatre façade. 63 Chisholm St, G1 5HB  0141 552 8587

Cafe Gandolfi


Cafe Gandolfi in the Merchant City has been an integral part of the art scene for over 30 years. Serving up a distinctly Scottish menu, this Glasgow institution is famed for its Tim Stead furniture and stained glass windows by John Clark. 64 Albion St, G1 1NY  0141 552 6813

The Vic Bar & Cafe


The Vic Bar & Cafe is part of the hip Glasgow School of Art Student’s Union, however non-students are free to dine on the delicious and very reasonably priced menu. Affectionately known as The Vic, its original façade was built in 1982 with the contemporary Reid building hugging around it since 2013. 20 Scott St, G3 6PE   **The Mackintosh Building, currently under restoration, suffered a major fire on Friday 15 June 2018. For more information visit the Glasgow School of Art website.**

Saramago Cafe Bar


A stone’s throw away from The Vic, the Saramago Café Bar is a vegan food-lovers' delight within the Centre for Contemporary Arts - Glasgow’s very own culture hub. Graze on veggies, homemade bread and guilt-free desserts, all washed down with a fantastic selection of beer on tap. 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD  0141 352 4920



Albeit a chain restaurant serving tasty Italian dishes, Zizzi’s in the heart of Royal Exchange Square certainly makes the most of the impressive building it inhabits. Look up to the sky through the beautiful domed roof and admire paintings by local artists on the walls. Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AJ  0141 221 2000



Like walking straight back in to 1930s New York, Rogano was fitted in the same Art Deco style as the great Cunard liner Queen Mary. 11 Exchange Pl, G1 3AN  0141 248 4055

Coffee and Cake

All that is Coffee


All That is Coffee is a zen-like area within an artists’ studio space called South Block on Osborne Street in the Merchant City. Cool clientele and food and drink from a small but perfectly formed menu. Pictured was a temporary colourful piece of art on the cafe walls from Peruvian artist Elliot Tupac! 60 Osborne St, G1 5QH  0141 271 4777

Cottonrake Bakery


Cotton Bakery on Great Western Road serves up sublime cakes, bread and pastries with its coffee. In the window is a neon sign which declares Donut Repair, made by Turner-nominated artist, David Shrigley. 497 Great Western Rd, G12 8HL  07910 282 040



The prettiest latte in town, grab a coffee at Tinderbox – famed for their coffee art. 118 Ingram St, G1 1EJ  0141 552 6907

Kelvingrove Museum Cafe


With so many exhibits, you can easily spend a good few hours inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - refuel in their fantastic cafe on the lower ground floor, in which you can sit and take in the bustle outside through the conservatory windows. Argyle Street, G3 8AG  0141 276 9599

Tramway Cafe


Home of the Turner Prize 2015, the cafe at Tramway on the city’s South Side looks partly onto a gem called The Hidden Gardens, an award-winning and peaceful haven. 25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE  0141 276 0950


Drygate Brewery


Though cool, industrial décor including poured cement and visible pipework, it’s not only Drygate Brewery’s interior that has an artsy vibe, but the beer bottles themselves too. All designed by Glasgow School of Art students, they’re striking enough not to put in the recycling bin. 85 Drygate, G4 0UT  0141 212 8815



Fancy a night out? Head to Nice’N’Sleazy for one of their £3 White Russians. Rumour has it that Amy Winehouse once visited, and it’s also one of Paolo Nutini’s favourite places for a pint too. 421 Sauchiehall St, G2 3LG  0141 333 0900

Berkeley Suite


Later head to the Berkeley Suite. Art deco in style with a tiny, old-fashioned late night bar upstairs and club downstairs. 237 North St, G3 7PH  0141 237 3235


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