Mono

Mono
12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB
  • Telephone 0141 553 2400
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun noon–midnight
  • Seasonal times Mon–Thu 11am–midnight, Fri/Sat 11am–1am, Sun noon–midnight
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9pm.
  • Average price £11.50 (lunch); £11.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.monocafebar.com

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Long-established music bar with live bands, a record shop and vegan-friendly dining, plus fizzy pop brewed in-house.

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Music is strong at Mono, evidenced as soon as you enter, with stage on the right and Monorail record shop on the left. The connection to the Glasgow music scene makes this place something of a Glasgow institution and, along with places such as Saramago and Stereo, it helps to make the city a very vegan-friendly place. On the animal-free menu you will find fava dip, to-fish 'n' chips, and seitan (or 'wheat meat') burger with hand-cut chips. For dessert, the chocolate fudge banana split ice-cream sundae is surprisingly good and they are rightly proud of their home-brewed ginger beer, and raspberry and rose lemonade – made on the premise in large, shiny brewing vats. There’s lots of space for the regular gigs, DJs and art events, which also makes it popular with families, particularly when the baby disco is on.

  • High point: Have a drink and buy records in the same place
  • Low point: Long gap between courses
  • Notable dish: Spicy vegan sausage pizza

Don't mistake the slender couple of shelves in the back room of vegan venue Mono for a lightweight enterprise. Owner and muso Stephen Pastel has been setting Glasgow's hipster pulse from here for years.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Alternative music
  • Live entertainment: Bands and DJs - occasional art events
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle

Event times

There are 2 events at this location

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Fundraiser for the Glasgow Night Shelter

Music from the Primevals, Dumb Instrument and the Rulers of the Root raising funds for and awareness of Glasgow Night Shelter.

Thu 22 Dec

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 553 2400

The Primevals

Edgy R&B-tinged rock from the veteran Glasgow band.

Thu 22 Dec

Free Donations welcome / 0141 553 2400

With Dumb Instrument and Rules of the Root.

In aid of Glasgow Night Shelter.

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8. smilie18 Feb 2012, 9:25pm2 stars Mono Report

Food was ok but the service was terrible.

7. seon29 Apr 2011, 12:23pm2 stars Mono Report

Looks like a cool place but the service is appalling. Maybe its just geared towards students who can afford to wait 90 minutes for a veggie burger. When we arrived there were only 3 tables taken in the place - number of customers barely into 2 figures. Despite this we were forced to head to the 13th Note across the road who managed to do for us in 20 minutes what Mono couldn't do in an hour and a half.

Strange clientèle for Glasgow too. I didn't hear any local accents.

6. Ma10 Dec 2009, 10:45pm2 stars Mono Report

I heard a lot of good things about food at Mono and been there a few times for a drink. Last week I went there for lunch for the first time and this was a huge disappointment. While the vegetable pie was good, the accompanying chips were cold and... there was a PUBIC HAIR in them. Gross! I will never eat there again.

5. FAZ12 Feb 2009, 11:41am4 stars Mono Report

I stumbled across Mono again a few weeks back was pleasantly surprised , had a fantastic veggie curry, huge portion for what we paid followed by fruit crumble which was delicious and again probably enough for two . The place has a really relaxed atmosphere and even had live music on the night we were in . Staff seemed attentive and the food came quickly , I'll definitely be going back.

4. Steven McSeveney17 Nov 2008, 10:06pm Report

I am the new manager at Mono and we want all of our customers to enjoy great food and service. We are working very hard to ensure this will be the case in future and invite you to give us another try - I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

Special apologies to Jule9, above, who came to eat on the night of the Moby show. Without wishing to make excuses, Moby is a major international star who decided to play an impromptu concert at Mono and our staff found it exceptionally difficult to maintain standards given the sheer number of people who showed up to see him.

We hope you'll allow us to make it up to you.

3. ammyface5 Aug 2008, 12:47pm Report

I have to say I agree with the other two comments put here. I first found Mono at the end of a pub crawl and absolutely loved it. There weren't any problems back then with service but the last few times I've been in it has been slow and sloppy, most recently with the food that was eventually delivered being completely wrong. I really really want to love Mono but I think I'll be switching to the other vegetarian places for a while.

2. ellyrice31 Jul 2008, 5:53pm Report

I had a not dissimilar food experience to the comment from Jule9, so I thought it worth adding my thoughts. Myself and 3 friends went to Mono for some lovely vegan food. I had been before and very much enjoyed the food on offer. Unfortunately the standard had dropped and we were left disappointed on this occasion. This would not however put me off giving them another try.

The difficult bit to fathom was the logic behind sending all of our courses at once! The table was overflowing, and of course the main courses wre cold by the time we had eaten the starters. When we spoke to the staff we were told it because we'd ordered them together. We felt they were a little too cool for school therefore not worried about the poor service. It is a real shame as the place has a nice atmosphere and clientel, and normally fantastic food on offer. I will think twice about taking friends there again as our vegan guests were less than impressed!

1. Jule923 Jul 2008, 5:43pm Report

Following a very lovely free acoustic gig by Moby, we stayed on to order some food. Nearly an hour later, we got our dessert but no sign of our big Mono burger. We were informed that we got the dessert first because we had ordered it at the same time (!), then we discovered that our burger had been given in error to Moby's backstage crew! No apology, no refund, no remorse whatsoever, even when I spoke to the owner about it. I had paid for the food on ordering, so I did eat the burger when it eventually arrived but did not enjoy it.
I won't be eating in Mono again - customer service is not on their menu.

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