Bar Gandolfi

Bar Gandolfi
64 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY
  • Telephone 0141 552 6813
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun noon–midnight.
  • Bar open Mon – Sun noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10.30pm
  • Email
  • Website www.cafegandolfi.com
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Loft bar offering the best of Scottish fare in beautiful surroundings where the ocean somehow meets the kitchen.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Upstairs bars are a rare thing in this town – which seems to have a weariness of anywhere you need to climb to. In the case of Bar Gandolfi, it is propped up by the famous Cafe downstairs, and for this, we should be grateful – for it is quite special. Light pours in from the skylights and artisan wooden tables line the sides, a formidable spectrum of malt whiskies takes pride of place behind the chrome top bar. Couples and small groups having a relaxed and classy evening. That’s the chat here. Should one eat, the menu is an even split between ‘Gandolfi Classics’ and a seasonal menu. For the former, that means things like Stornoway black pudding on pancakes, or a mighty Finnan smoked haddie on crushed potatoes, gradually bound together as the smooth richness of Hollandaise and a runny poached egg work their magic. The seasonal menu uses all that Scotland and its waters has to offer, so expect venison and guinea fowl, cod and halibut. Braised beef cheeks are slow-cooked to remarkable tenderness that contrasts with the vibrancy of crisp Brussel sprouts and baby turnips, seared and served whole. This is restaurant-level food, in a gorgeous space that is more than worth climbing a few stairs for.

The List's rating
8.8

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David James Kirkwood visited Bar Gandolfi on 19 February 2019
  • High point: There's no other bar like it in the city
  • Low point: Food is a fair bit pricier than your average pub meal
  • Notable dish: Finnan smoked haddie
  • Average price: £25 (lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: The music is relaxed and cool
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 27
  • House wine: £20 per bottle