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.
  • Average price £9 (lunch); £10.50 (evening meal)
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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
  • 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

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Dinosaur Jr

The return of the American indie/grunge godheads, led by stoner dude J Mascis. Eighties alternative rock band founded by J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph. The band split in 1997, reformed for a few lives gigs eight years later and have since released another three albums Beyond, Farm and I Bet On Sky.

Sun 10 Dec


Mon 11 Dec


The Drums

Brooklyn indie pop band who dig all things Scottish and jangly from the 80s.

Thu 5 Oct


Lost Stars

How do you react to the news stories around you? How do your friends react? Lost stars follows three young women and their battle to understand the difference between Equity and Equality, lust and love and what's true and what's not.

Tue 15 Aug


Wed 16 Aug


Thu 17 Aug



Experimental post-rock from Leeds.

Sat 7 Oct


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Recipe: Jerusalem artichoke soup with pumpkin seeds

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Jameel Lombard, head chef at The Art School, Glasgow explains how to make this warm winter soup

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