Glasgow School of Art: The Vic Café Bar

Glasgow School of Art: The Vic Café Bar
Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association, 20 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE
  • Bar open 11am–midnight (Club nights open till 3am)
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun.
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The Vic Café Bar is a hubbub of creative activity that specialises in reinventing classic comforting dishes.

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The Vic Café Bar at the Glasgow School of Art is like the best mess hall ever – a combination of student union, spacious bar, and artsy café, where the food more than holds its own. Much of the custom comes from the students, of course, but nothing like as much as in most unions – such is the historical and tourist interest in this particular art school. Lunchtimes are buzzing, with no end of burgers and sandwiches made with gusto, like halloumi with pineapple chutney, or brisket, with a sweet marinade and sweeter piquillo peppers. Dietary requirements are well tended to as well – salads (perhaps tofu noodle, or stuffed aubergine) have the same detail and ebullience that typifies much of the menu. A myriad of specials and menus signal the beginning of evening, when the energy picks up as the lights come down.

  • High point: An atmosphere that's unique among arts venues
  • Low point: Later opening times than will suit the early risers
  • Notable dish: Halloumi burger with pineapple chutney
  • Average price: £9 (lunch); £10.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 100 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: Angular art pop and electronica
  • Live entertainment: Club nights, gigs, poetry nights
  • Capacity: 70 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £14 per bottle

Events at this venue

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A series of nights hosted by VAJ.Power collective, bringing together visual artists, performers, musicians and DJs, where different fields of expression extend into the club.

Fri 16 Feb

Students £5–£8

ANZ, Ziúr, K4CIE and more

Girl Ray

Indie-pop trio from North London.

Fri 13 Apr



Hailing from Leeds, the psych-rock quintet have won a well-earned reputation for their vital live shows.

Sat 17 Mar


Josh T. Pearson

Please note price includes £1.25 restoration levy Minimum Age Restriction: 8+; Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult 18+ and sat in the balcony Under 25's require ID to purchase alcohol

Sat 19 May


Paul Draper

Alt.rock / indie singer-songwriter and former frontman of Mansun.

Tue 27 Feb


Pokey LaFarge

American musician, writer and actor from Illinois come to Leeds next March.

Sat 10 Mar


Rae Morris

Singer-songwriter from Blackpool.

Fri 16 Mar


Shakey Graves

Folk-blues band.

Thu 1 Mar


SoulJam - Return of the Disco - Glasgow

We can't wait to kick the New Year off with a mega Return of the Disco!

Tue 30 Jan


Submotion Orchestra

Fiesta Bombarda host kaleidoscopic collective, Submotion Orchestra, as they bring their entrancing electronic compositions to Bristol.

Sat 21 Apr


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