The Old Cheesemarket, 62 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1PA
  • Telephone 0141 552 2101
  • Bar open Thu–Sat 5pm–1am (Bar); Fri–Sat 11pm–3am (Club)
  • Food served Thu–Sat 5–10pm. Closed Sun–Wed.
  • Pre-theatre times Thu–Sat 5–7pm
  • Average price £17 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £10.95
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  • Average price: £17 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: salsa in the restaurant; classical in the bar from 11pm; various in the club
  • Live entertainment: salsa dancing every Thu; live bands + DJs every Fri and Sat
  • Capacity: 146
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2000
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle

Comments & ratings

4. Debs T25 Sep 2012, 4:18pm4 stars Arta Report

Being bridesmaid I was left in charge to organise a hen party for a mixed bag of 35 women ageing from 22 - 60 something (10 of who I actually knew...the rest was still a mystery)

After having done much homework I decided to book the cocktail master class/ three course meal at Arta for the superb sum of £35 per head (best decision ever as I received nothing but praise)

The master class was superb, not only did the attentive bar man have the patience of a saint he went out of his way to make one of the pregnant girls a 'mock tail'

Secondly the meal was fabulous and the staff were ultra friendly - superb value for money! Great venue, great atmosphere and a lot of happy hen's.

Not your typical hen party venue hence why we liked it so much!

3. Artful Roger14 Jun 2009, 9:08pm2 stars Arta Report

Overpriced, glorified nightclub. £3.95 for 4 pieces of asparagus? Pu-leeze. 'Tapas' = a code word for ripoff. Main courses: chicken and potatoes. nothing special. The food is highly oversalted to make you want to drink, the staff are made to push booze. The scene at the door is just a joke - big bruizers acting like the gatekeepers at a rock concert to get into a restaurant?

2. sandman197815 Mar 2009, 10:17pm1 star Arta Report

Me and my partner were looking for a wedding venue with a difference and decided to go for arta due to the beautiful decor. We went for a viewing and were quite pleased.
The girl who showed us around (Jill) promised us confirmation e-mails about what we had discussed by the end of the week that was at the beginning of February 2009. We also emailed them menus prior to going there and they had gotten a price for them but were only confirmed verbally.
Now considering the initial contact was done in January 2009 it would seem a bit of a shock when we are still waiting after several calls to them to request the conformations.
we have been promised confirmation by the next day around 6 times and promised call backs which never happened and when we did call to query why they weren’t sending the confirmation they didn’t want to listen and were adamant we paid the non refundable booking fee of £500, which of course we refused to pay without first receiving confirmation as they promised.
We have spoken to three different managers (Jill, heather and a man we didn’t get his name),
We eventually decided if arta can’t do a simple thing like send an e-mail at the planning stage to confirm what we had discussed.
Then were not too sure how competent that they will be to actually deliver anything that we had asked for on the day.
We would not recommend planning a wedding or any kind of party here as the management are obviously not capable of doing a simple task like confirming the details that they are supposed to do for a living. (It is there job after all)
We are of course taking our business else were and would recommend other people who are thinking of using this venue for their celebration to do the same.
We had read previous forum posts saying bad things about arta and thought maybe the people just expected too much. But after the experience that we have had it would appear that every one of the posts could be true.
So my recommendation is play safe and go somewhere else as these people are paid to do this. It’s their job and it’s not a favour to you.

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