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
  • 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
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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
6.2

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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

Events at this venue

There are 11 events at this location

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Alex Cameron

Australian synth-pop and electronica musician.

Fri 27 Sep

£14.62 / 0141 353 4540

Blanck Mass

Beautiful, complex organic sounds from this solo project from Benjamin John Power (Fuck Buttons).

Sat 23 Nov

£18.15 / 0141 353 4540

Fri 21 Feb 2020

£16.50 / 0141 353 4540

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Gypsy folk-rock sextet from Newcastle.

Sun 6 Oct

£13.20 / 0141 353 4540

Jim Bob

Jim Bob (Carter USM) + Dan Donnelly

Sat 12 Oct

£16.87 / 0141 353 4540

Fri 29 Nov

£12 / 0141 353 4540

Portico Quartet

Now Wave Portico Quartet live in Manchester. A night not to be missed!

Sat 9 Nov

£18.56 / 0141 353 4540

SoulJam | Lost in Music | Glasgow

We're back on the road bringing the very best in Funk, Soul & Disco to the nation

Tue 17 Sep

£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

Weyes Blood

The first thing you notice about Weyes Blood's new album, Front Row Seat to Earth, is its closeness. The music is immediate and warm with intimate feeling. This disarming nearness draws out emotion from the album's sound in evocative, bold colour. The lyrics serve not to obscure and mystify, but to perform, reveal, and…

Mon 28 Oct

£15.75 / 0141 353 4540

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