The Vic Cafe Bar

The Vic Cafe Bar
Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association, 20 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE
  • Telephone 0141 353 3642
  • Bar open 11am–midnight (Club nights open till 3am)
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £7.50 (lunch); £7.50 (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 steep incline of Scott Street is a daunting climb, towards the Glasgow School of Art, but it’s definitely one worth persisting with, because halfway up the ascent sits the Vic Café Bar – a casual dining space that serves up a fusion of student favourites and more adventurous Asian-inspired cooking. The marriage of these two elements is exemplified by the street food dishes available in the evenings, a highlight of which is the bunny chow saag – a spinach and okra curry served in a hollowed out roll with tangy beetroot chutney. Even the most traditional student food is given a bit of a makeover – the burger selection includes halloumi with sambal mayo, and Korean fried chicken varieties, and pizza toppings range from hot-smoked salmon to artichoke and fennel. Despite the GSA connection, the clientele is surprisingly varied, and so shouldn’t deter those whose student days are far behind them.

  • High point: Extremely reasonably priced
  • Low point: Operates on student hours – brunch begins at noon
  • Notable dish: Korean fried chicken burger
  • 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
  • Music on stereo: electronic/alternative
  • 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

Event times

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The Sheffield-based four-piece plays instrumental post-rock.

Fri 18 Nov

£15 / 0141 353 3642

With Thought Forms.


Expect Afrobeat, jackin' house, global electronica and Latin beats from resident Auntie Flo aka Brian d'Souza.

Fri 11 Nov

£5–£7 / 0141 353 3642

'Highlife in Havana' Cuban special.

Joan As Policewoman

Aka dramatic violinist/vocalist Joan Wasser who has performed with Rufus Wainwright and Antony's Johnsons, and who named her act after the old Angie Dickinson TV show.

Mon 14 Nov

£16.50 / 0141 353 3642

Julia Holter

Experimental art pop singer-songwriter from Los Angeles.

Thu 17 Nov

£18.50 / 0141 353 3642

Kate Tempest

Hip hop lyricist, playwright, poet and MC, who released her latest Everybody Down in May 2014, and has supported the likes of Billy Bragg, Scroobius Pip and John Cooper Clarke.

Thu 1 Dec

£16 / 0141 353 3642


The Texan four-piece play synth-heavy alt rock.

Mon 20 Feb 2017

£13.50 / 0141 353 3642


London based electro hot shot.

Tue 15 Nov

£12.50 / 0141 353 3642

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