This restaurant has ceased trading.

185 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9EB
  • Average price £8.50 (lunch); £8.50 (evening meal)
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Sitting atop of one of the West End’s best known live music venues, the Captain’s Rest is a popular destination for the area's music lovers. Serving up wholesome, hearty pub fare, the bar constantly provides a source of live entertainment, from quizzes, to open-mic nights and DJ sets. The best atmosphere, however, is to be found before gigs, as expectant fans pack out the bar’s cosy booths before descending downstairs en masse to watch a band. The grub offers excellent value money, the chilli particularly so, a healthy-sized portion packed full of flavour and spice. The bar also offers an excellent range of vegetarian dishes, half of the menu comprising veggie versions of the meat dishes available. Drink prices are fairly low, with a whole range of promotions every night that certainly entice patrons in from the busy thoroughfare that is Great Western Road.

  • High point: great range of vegetarian dishes
  • Low point: can be cramped before gigs
  • Average price: £8.50 (lunch); £8.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie/Alternative
  • Live entertainment: Frequent live gigs in basement
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £12.50 per bottle

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