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)
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The 13th Note Café
Eating & Drinking Guide

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Situated in a great little section of the city, The 13th Note exudes hipster cool without appearing unapproachable. A recent redecoration has freshened up the interior without losing any of its much loved ‘lived in’ look. The décor aside, people make a specific effort to come here to catch the seven-day gigs, sample the extensive vegetarian and vegan menu and the top-quality beers they supply on tap. The grilled tandoori halloumi and red pepper kebab is a flavoursome treat as is the haggis, neeps and tatties or the sticky mushroom risotto. Ethical sourcing is paramount here where even the wine is selected on principles. A bar which self identifies as ‘very dog friendly’, it’s the ideal place to bring the hound and enjoy man’s other best friend: beer, as each week brings a fresh and tasty Williams Bros guest ale.

  • High point: Great place for an afternoon beer with the dog
  • Low point: The back tables and chairs are not in keeping with the rest of the décor
  • Notable dish: Risotto cakes in Thai curry sauce.
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Every genre covered from punk to pop.
  • Live entertainment: Bands/comedy/theatre/arts
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle

Event times

No New Year

A New Year blend of surf, garage, new wave and lo fi pop from Halfrican, Catholic Action, Pinact, Herbert Powell, Insect Heroes, Froth and NYLA.

Wed 31 Dec

Free / 0141 553 1638

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.

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