The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant

This restaurant has ceased trading.

The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
  • Box office 0141 565 1035
  • General enquiries 0141 565 1035
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; closed Sun.
  • Seasonal times Bar open to 1am in December
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 11am–midnight (until 3am on club nights)
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–9pm
  • Average price £11 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £10.95
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The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant
Eating & Drinking Guide

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There’s a modern nightclub feel to the bar-restaurant in the Arches, a one-stop spot for gigs, theatre and club nights housed beneath Central Station. There’s plenty of choice here with separate bar, restaurant and market menus available. Pulled pork chilli nachos from the bar menu make a generous starter or light main, though more chilli would have been welcome for a more potent kick. Caesar salad is fresh and crisp, with a good dressing. Mains include burgers, daily specials, Arches classics such as fish and chips and a mixed bean cassoulet, plus there’s a small pizza menu on offer – the black pudding, bacon and chorizo pizza is not light on topping, perhaps a bit overwhelmed by the black pudding, but an enjoyable pizza, and good value, too. Desserts can lack the attention given to the rest of the menu with sticky toffee pudding and chocolate brownie proving a little lacklustre. To wash it all down there’s a decent cocktail menu as well as a great selection of draught and bottled beers on offer.

  • High point: Hand cut chips
  • Low point: Dessert
  • Notable dish: Hand-cut chips
  • Average price: £11 (lunch); £13 (dinner)
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  • 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: Open Ear mix CD
  • Live entertainment: Performance art, theatre, spoken word, gigs
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £11.95 per bottle

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The Arches

1 Oct 2008

From underground electro to avant garde theatre, the Arches offers a creative haven for every taste. David Pollock explains the appeal of this cavernous venue.

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