Monorail Music

Monorail Music
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
  • 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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Monorail

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

Eating & Drinking Guide

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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
  • Average price: £11.50 (lunch); £11.50 (dinner)

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

Events at this venue

There are 3 events at this location

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Andy Shauf

Indie folk troubadour from Canada.

Wed 18 Mar 2020

£17.43 / 0141 553 2400

Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley's new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlour on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That's what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. In a small, dark room that smells of expired hair-do…

Thu 21 May 2020

£12.93 / 0141 553 2400

The Stroppies

Melbourne-based guitar pop band.

Mon 18 May 2020

£11.25 / 0141 553 2400

Reviews & features

Record Store Day 2019 events across Edinburgh and Glasgow

5 Apr 2019

Catch some live performances and support your local record store this April

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17 Apr 2018

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5 Apr 2018

Show your local record store some love this 21 April and snap up some special merchandise (as well as a free bacon roll for your troubles)

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13 Nov 2014

Featuring Victoria Henderson, Calum Richardson, Mike Small, Joe Malik and Ruaraidh Skinner

Victoria Henderson – Head chef, Mono, Glasgow Vegan haggis, neeps and tatties For vegan haggis you really are unlimited as to what vegetables you put in. Mushrooms are good as they give it a nice depth and texture, with pulses, oats, onions and…

Record Store Day 2012 - events roundup

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Edwyn Collins, Human Don't Be Angry and more to play live in support of independent music shops

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28 Mar 2011

Analogue, The Fruitmarket Gallery and Monorail are among our favourite hangouts

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Monorail, Rubadub, Avalanche, Underground Solu'shn and Coda join the celebrations

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24 Mar 2011

Monorail, Avalanche, Elvis Shakespeare, Rubadub, LOVEMusic

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2. ellyrice31 Jul 2008, 5:53pm

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!

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