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34-44 King Street, G1 5QT
Merchant City, Glasgow
Cuisine: British, Mediterranean, Gastro Pub
An inviting space with a cool, contemporary décor, Avant Garde is a lively music bar and restaurant on King Street in the Merchant City. The huge windows are great for people watching but much of the attention focuses on the regular live music, especially the weekend ceilidh and jazz sessions. The kitchen delivers a popular mix of bar classics and Mediterranean favourites with a strong Greek and Italian emphasis.
79 Albion Street, G1 1NY
Cuisine: Japanese, Thai, Pan-Asian
The latest addition to the Bar Soba family is on Albion Street in Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City. The Bar Soba brand is built on pan-Asian street food, cool cocktails, DJs and a hip manga/graffiti decor. This new branch is popular for lunch, after work drinks and, of course, weekend parties and pre-club drinks.
36 Bell Street, G1 1LG
Cuisine: Gastro Pub
Since 1995, Blackfriars has been giving Merchant City real ale fans plenty to smile about. With twelve beer taps – five real ales, many Scottish – alongside some 40 bottled beers from all over the world, there is plenty of choice. It is not hard to see why Blackfriars has won CAMRA’s Glasgow Pub Of The Year twice. The basement venue hosts regular club nights with DJs and bands playing the hippest music from the 1950’s onwards. If many of Blackfriars neighbours are style bars, this is more of an honest to goodness pub.
1 George Square, G2 1DY
City Centre, Glasgow
Cuisine: British, European, International
Classic brasserie in city centre
With the first Browns opening in 1973, this family of classic brasseries has had plenty of time to polish its offer. Stylish, timeless interiors; smartly turned out staff and simple but well sourced and prepared dishes are key. Located in the old General Post Office building on George Square, the Browns Brasserie and Bar in Glasgow fits the mould neatly. A live pianist keeps the atmosphere sparkling on a Sunday from 3pm – 6pm.
97-99 Candleriggs, G1 1NP
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, BBQ
Formerly a Glasgow institution serving up Scottish dishes, the City Merchant has transformed itself into City Merchant Turkiye. Turning its focus from Scotland to sunnier climes, it now specialises in offering the taste of Turkey and the Mediterranean to city centre diners.
18 John Street, G1 1JQ
Cuisine: British, Bar Food
Stylishly refurbished in the spring of 2016, Committee Room No 9 is a traditional Scottish sports bar on John Street. It bills itself as a local in the city centre and has the relaxed, friendly ambience that you would expect of a neighbourhood bar.
Unit 4, G1 1TN
Cuisine: British, Modern
Putting the leafy into tea leaves, Cup Tea Garden is an inviting and beautifully crafted tea room on Virginia Street in the stylish Merchant City. It is the third branch of Glasgow’s innovative Cup family and follows in the tea-scented footsteps of the original Cup Tea Room in the West End and the city centre Cup Tea Lounge. Open until 5pm seven days a week, it is an appealing spot for a splendid cup of tea, a bite to eat and a good chat with old friends.
1st Floor, G1 1NP
Part of Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City, Dakhin is a restaurant specialising in South Indian cooking rather than generic Indian dishes. The sister restaurant to the nearby Dhabba which serves northern Indian specialities, Dakhin is located on an airy first floor space, and has an open plan kitchen for guests to watch their choices come to life. Dakhin was the first southern Indian restaurant, not just in Glasgow but the whole of Scotland, to dedicate itself to unique, regional specialities, which sets it apart from most of its peers.
Unit 4 Merchant Square, G1 1LE
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pizza
A family-friendly and extremely welcoming restaurant, Fanelli’s is in Merchant Square in the Merchant city.
Unit 4 Virginia Court, G1 1TN
Cuisine: British, Eclectic, European
From serving 70 different varieties of gin to the gin-inspired dining menu, Gin71 is a one-stop shop for lovers of the juniper-flavoured spirit. Tucked away on Victoria Court, in Glasgow’s Merchant City, this evening venue is popular for after work drinks, pre-theatre meals and dinner with friends and family. As well as gin tasting events, they offer a wide variety of gin cocktails along with other spirits, beers and wines.
18 Candleriggs, G1 1LD
Cuisine: Modern, Irish, Gastro Pub
Based centrally on Candleriggs, Grace’s Irish Sports Bar offers a contemporary twist on the classic Irish pub. The family-friendly space includes 13 big screens showing football, rugby, golf and GAA, plus a pool table. From Fridays to Sundays, the atmosphere turns spirited with live music from some of the best Irish bands and singers around. Irish-themed pub food is served all week, including Saturday match day breakfasts. The drinks list includes beers, ciders, whiskies and bourbons, as well as an impressive range of vodkas, gins and rums. This is the perfect spot for tucking into a meal while enjoying a game or raising a glass to some rousing folk tunes.
24 Candleriggs, G1 1LD
After the success of its sister restaurant in Stirling, Green Gates is now bringing home-style, regional Indian cuisine to the Merchant City. Situated on Candleriggs, the restaurant offers an intimate, candlelit space with splashes of tartan. Diners can sample flavours from both North and South India, cooked up by a head chef who has trained extensively in India.
16-18 Glassford Street, G1 1UL
Cuisine: International, Steaks & Grill
Based on Glassford Street, Grosvenor Casino and Grill – Merchant City is a sleek, contemporary entertainment space. Open 24/7, the restaurant is decorated in a retro-chic style and serves up a range of contemporary dishes, with premium grill items as a speciality. There, diners can enjoy a relaxed, informal meal while surrounded by the thrill and buzz of the casino. The Grosvenor also has two bars, one of which boasts wraparound city views and the biggest HD plasma screen in Scotland.
60 Trongate , G1 5EP
Maggie Mays is on Trongate in Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City, and is a popular venue for diners looking for pub grub or restaurant food, drinkers, clubbers and gig-goers. Scottish cuisine takes front stage at Maggie Mays in Glasgow, with some eclectic dishes also on the menu.
26 Bell Street, G1 1LG
Mharsanta is a newly launched restaurant & bar on Bell Street in the Merchant City. Named after the Gaelic for ‘merchant’, it serves classic comfort dishes alongside Scottish seafood and signature cocktails. Inside, you will find a smart minimalist space with windows prettily lit up at night by fairy lights. Mharsanta is a great spot for a relaxed lunch or to dine in the evening before heading to a concert or nearby bar.
71 Albion Street, G1 1NY
Cuisine: British, Modern, Irish
One of two O’Neill’s in Glasgow, the Merchant Square branch is on Albion Street in the heart of the Merchant City. Billed as ‘the original Irish bar in Glasgow’, O’Neill’s is proud of its warm welcome, laidback atmosphere and, of course, the craic. All the major sporting events are shown on the big screens at O’Neill’s and there is regular live music plus DJs throughout the week.
17 John Street, G1 1HP
Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian/Vegan, Pizza
Osteria Italiana is an Italian restaurant in the Italian Centre on Glasgow’s John Street. ‘There is no rush’ is the motto around here and the emphasis is on enjoying the warm, Italian hospitality and traditional decor. During the warmer months, the outside dining area is a popular place to sit while away for a couple of hours, dining or enjoying a snack and a couple of after-work drinks.
Ground Floor, 84 Miller Street, G1 1DT
Located in a first floor space on Miller Street, Seoul Restaurant is an atmospheric Korean restaurant. With a beamed and roped ceiling plus a bar that looks a little like a shrine, Seoul transports diners from Glasgow city centre to a traditional restaurant in South Korea’s capital. It is popular with Korean ex-pats looking for a taste of home as well as Glasgow’s aficionados of Asian food.
92 Albion Street, G1 1NY
The Italian Caffe in Glasgow’s Merchant City offers a varied menu of classic Italian food but in a novel way, with an emphasis on unique, small plates dining. The perfect combination of chic and comfort, The Italian Caffe’s sage green leather booths, walnut furnishing and bright, modern dining room add to an enjoyable dining experience.
64 Ingram Street, G1 1EX
The Italian Kitchen is a classic Italian restaurant on Ingram Street in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Wheelchair accessible and child-friendly, the restaurant is both stylish and classic with rich red leather seats and booths providing comfort as well as elegance.
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