Glasgow School of Art: The Vic Café Bar

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Glasgow School of Art: The Vic Café Bar
Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association, 20 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE
  • Telephone 0141 353 4540
  • Bar open 10am–midnight (Club nights open till 3am)
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Website
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The Vic Café Bar is a hubbub of creative activity that specialises with an impressive menu capturing more than just students.

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Adjacent to the historical Mackintosh building – devastated by a second fire in 2018 – on the corner of Renfrew Street and Scott Street lies the Vic Café Bar. Attracting a student based crowd, due to its reasonable prices, accessibility to the Art School and a wide variety of events and club nights, it is buzzing with energy and creativity all day. The bar has an industrial-style interior, decorated with exposed brick and red iron, juxtaposed with quirky hand-painted menu boards and highlighted with fresh flowers and plants. The menu caters to those ready for a quick bite before a lecture or those after a hot meal and a boardgame marathon, featuring a good vegetarian selection and hosting a variety of vegan and gluten-free options also. The almost creamy slow-cooked lamb, is accented with tangy yoghurt, nutty tahini and coleslaw to provide a much-needed crunch, all wrapped in a soft floury flatbread washed down with a pint picked from a selection of rotating craft lagers. Just up the hill from Sauchiehall Street, it’s worth the climb.

The List's rating






Fionn Corbett visited Glasgow School of Art: The Vic Café Bar on 9 January 2019
  • High point: Energy and ambience of the venue
  • Low point: Presentation of food
  • Notable dish: Slow-cooked lamb shoulder flatbread
  • Average price: £9.50 (lunch); £9.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 120 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Wide variety of eclectic music
  • Live entertainment: Club nights, gigs, poetry nights, exhibitions which rotate weekly
  • Capacity: 80 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

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