Glasgow School of Art: The Vic Café Bar
- Telephone 0141 353 4540
- Bar open 10am–midnight (Club nights open till 3am)
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun.
- Website www.theartschool.co.uk
The Vic Café Bar is a hubbub of creative activity that specialises with an impressive menu capturing more than just students.
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.
- 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
Events at this venue
There are 9 events at this location
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Dark alternative pop is the chosen genre of this New Zealand-originating singer-songwriter.
Sat 18 May
Sold out / 0141 353 4540
Ayesha Hameed: Black Atlantis – Retrograde Futurism
Live audio-visual essay by artist Ayesha Hameed about the migrants who perished aboard a boat en route to the Canary Islands.
Tue 23 Apr
Free / 01413198377
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 26 Apr
£7–£9 / 0141 353 4540
With CATNAPP & Goro
Open Mike Eagle
A member of California's Project Blowed collective with a whip-smart sense of humor, rapper Open Mike Eagle was born Michael Eagle II in Chicago. It was at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale that the aspiring MC became an RA, and after he met Hannibal Buress, the resident advisor and student became fast friends.
Sun 19 May
£18.15 / 0141 353 4540
SoulJam / Glasgow / Let's Dance!
SoulJam is back bringing the very best in boogie vibes to Glasgow!
Tue 21 May
£6–£8 / 0141 353 4540
The Spook School
The alt pop four-piece from Edinburgh, who took their name from the influential Glasgow School of designers and artists, explore gender and sexuality on the latest LP, Could It Be Different?
Sat 7 Sep
£11.25 / 0141 353 4540
Super Market Lates
Late night market of small indie businesses hawking fashion, art, food, gifts and more, alongside interactive art and a line-up of Glaswegian DJs.
Sat 5 Oct
£1 / 0141 353 4540
- 12:00 – 20:00
Sat 7 Dec
£1 / 0141 353 4540
- 12:00 – 20:00
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