The 13th Note Café/Bar

The 13th Note Café/Bar
50–60 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT
  • Telephone 0141 553 1638
  • Opening times Daily noon–midnight.
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £8.50 (lunch); £10.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website

Jump to times or comments (2)

The 13th Note Café
Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2014 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

A long-established live venue, the 13th Note mixes cool retro booths in its spacious bar with an ever-so-slightly more formal dining area in the back, while the jukebox battles occasional thumps of bass from basement gigs. Outside of big nights out, it’s a relaxed and casual café-bar with a tempting menu of vegetarian and vegan food that doesn’t rely solely on bread and batter (although there’s no shortage of either). A diverse range of flavours are on offer from snacky standards like chips, olives and onion rings to a light and citrusy halloumi and aubergine kebab, served with salad and flatbread. There are quite a few versions of curry, from Thai green with risotto cakes to a well-balanced Indian thali platter where tasty coconut and fenugreek dhal is accompanied by mint raita, Bombay potatoes, and cumin-flecked basmati rice. If you feel like splashing out, the cheesecake – light, creamy, vegan – is the only sensible choice for dessert.

  • High point: Scruffy and cool
  • Low point: Undercooked spanakopita pastry
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Live music, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Every genre covered from punk to pop.
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle

Event times

There are 9 events at this location

Sorted by title / date & time

Andrew Pearson & Lovers Turn to Monsters

Emo indie pop from one small man named Kyle.

Wed 28 May

£5 / 0141 553 1638

With Lidh From Paris to Prison and Adullboy.

Single Launch


Psych country punk.

Sat 10 May

£5 / 0141 553 1638

With Craig Lowrie and Frank McEvoy.


Noise-metal quintet from New York.

Sat 3 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 1638

With OvO.

Little Bit of Theatre

Monthly evening featuring live performance art, theatre, comedy, music, burlesque and spoken word.

Mon 5 May

£5 (Students £3) / 0141 553 1638

Mon 2 Jun

£5 (Students £3) / 0141 553 1638


Emo, punk and pleading indie from the Californian quartet.

Tue 22 Apr

£6 / 0141 553 1638

With Nai Harvest and Battle Lines.

Stuart MacFarlane

Folky prog rock singer-songwriter.

Thu 8 May

£4 / 0141 553 1638

With Calum Gilligan and Abbi Rajasekhar.

Ten Tonne Dozer

Heavy rock from Shetland band Ten Tonne Dozer.

Fri 9 May

£5 / 0141 553 1638

With Little Hands Of Silver and Shambles In A Husk.

The Underground Youth

Manchester psych/shoegaze band.

Sun 27 Apr

£4 / 0141 553 1638

With Helicon and Life Model.

The Vegan Leather

Ambient electronic dance rock from the Glasgow band who are friends to the animals.

Sat 26 Apr

£4 / 0141 553 1638

With Patron Saints and Whisky Hotel.

Comments & ratings

2. Sparky2414 Mar 2013, 1:48pm5 stars The 13th Note Café/Bar Report

This is as described by cosmic hobo - confidently scruffy and good healthy, reasonably priced food and drinks.
Cafe saramango at CCA also good for veggies, but all meat eating boys I know happily suggest eating here when we're in the area, which w/out generalizing is not that usual with vegan restaurants.
Good jukebox too.

1. the*cosmic*hobo20 Sep 2009, 7:37pm4 stars The 13th Note Café/Bar Report

This place is a perennial favourite. Gorgeously scruffy, it is the perfect place to feel comfortable if you have a tendency towards clumsiness. In many Merchant City watering holes if I accidently knock over my beer, I'm panicked that it's stained a hand polished slate floor and splattered up some Timorous Beasties wallpaper.

For my money, this is still the best place in town to chow down on some vegan and vegetarian food. Their cheesecakes are delicious, if a little heftily priced, but really worth it as a sweet treat. The service is casual, friendly and not intrusive and the seats and tables are basic but comfy, with the alcoves adding a nice feeling of cosy privacy.
On my last visit, I ordered a quinoa dish which came with honeyed peanuts and this has been the first meal I've had here which was actually quite bad. Most times the food is tasty, cheap and filling. They also do a burger and pint deal during the day in the main bar area, so it's great for students and if you're strapped for cash.

A must to visit if you're veggie, vegan or gluten intolerant as there's something tasty for everyone.

Post a comment

Average rating 4.5/5 from 2 reviews of The 13th Note Café/Bar.

RSS feed of these comments