La Bodega Tapas Bar

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La Bodega Tapas Bar
1120 South Street, Glasgow, G14 0AP
  • Box office 0141 581 3401
  • General enquiries 0141 581 3401
  • Opening times Mon & Tue 5–11pm; Wed noon–11pm; Thu, Fri & Sun noon–midnight; Sat 10.30am–midnight.
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 4–11pm; Thu/Fri noon–midnight; Sat 10.30am–midnight; Sun noon–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Wed 4–11pm; Thu/Fri noon–midnight; Sat 10.30am–midnight; Sun noon–midnight
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
  • Average price £9 (3 tapas); £14 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £9
  • Email
  • Website www.labodegaglasgow.com
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La Bodega Tapas Bar

La Bodega has to be one of the most surprising restaurants in Glasgow. That it exists at all is the inital shock, nestled as it is among the industrial landscape of warehouses, cranes and showrooms next to the Clyde, way out west past Whiteinch. With no people around on foot, it's equally surprising to find the place cheerily busy on a weekend lunchtime with a mix of families, couples, and several people in legwarmers – explained by the associated dance studio upstairs, which contributes a regular lively buzz and bustle as classes swap and folk linger for a drink and a snack. This is no place for finicky diners who like matching crockery because almost nothing matches here, from the ragbag furniture to the precarious-looking fixtures. There's a wobbly bar, a dancefloor and an instrument-packed stage for the regular live performances that can get the place jumping. It all contributes to a warm, easy-going and slightly offbeat vibe.

La Bodega is one of those rare Glasgow tapas bars actually run by a Spaniard – from Gran Canaria in this case. The owner also heads the kitchen, sending out a range of consistently enjoyable tapas in various sizes: a 'per bowl' serving or a bigger 'portion', with several available as a 'meal' with added carbs or salad. Seafood options include marinated anchovies, squid and 'fishchips' – lightly battered whitebait. The benchmark patatas bravas are good but there's better in the unusual Canarian wrinkly potatoes with a tangy coriander and red pepper sauce for dipping. The tortilla is a winner, fresh and nicely balanced, while a tasty stew packed with chicken pieces and chunky vegetables in a sweet Mango sauce is good if a little short on meat. There may not be many reasons to be in this part of town but La Bodega is worth the wander to experience its quality Spanish food and unique atmosphere.

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This is a long way from anywhere close. It better be worth it. It is. And then some. A set of congas frame the after-work tradesmen in paint-spattered overalls; evening rolls in and the room buzzes with salsa, and tables fill with Africans and locals alike. Clearly, there’s nowhere in Glasgow like La Bodega. From origins as a hangout space for those frequenting the adjoining dance studios, its small kitchen miraculously turns out undeniably authentic dishes in tapa, medium and large portions. Patatas arrugadas come with wonderfully tangy mojo dipping sauce and the regional classic fabada Asturiana is laden with chunky beans and morcilla – just as hearty as it should be. Moussaka haters will like the moussaka. Moussaka lovers will love the moussaka. From the salsa-dancing bar manager/waiter/DJ to the music jams on weekend nights, there’s something endearingly random about this place. As if it all just spontaneously happens and if you tried to find it again it’d vanish. Fortunately, for adventurous souls and those already in the know, this special little mystery reappears every day amid the industrial spaces lining the banks of the Clyde.

  • High point: Visit a Latina cantina with no visa
  • Low point: Gambas pil-pil needed salt
  • Notable dish: Fabada Asturiana - rustic regional stew

'Glasgow's little hidden gem'

  • Authentic Spanish tapas: Spanish-owned
  • Live music and dance performances every week
  • Tango salon every Thursday and salsa club every Friday (free entry)
  • Live music every Sunday from 3.30pm followed by open mic & jam session
  • Children welcome until 10pm (under 8s at management's discretion after 8pm).

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: salsa and cumbia
  • Live entertainment: open mic Tue; live Latin music Fri/Sat; African jam session or jazz on Sunday
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £15.90 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 8 events at this location

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The Groove Band

Chill jazz, soul, Latin and R&B.

Sun 20 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 16:00 – 18:00

Sun 17 Sep

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 16:00 – 18:00

Sun 15 Oct

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 16:00 – 18:00
…and 3 more dates until 21 Jan 2018

Higher Ground

Fourteen-piece 70s funk, soul and disco, playing covers of Stevie Wonder to George Benson to Earth Wind & Fire.

Sun 30 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 16:00 – 18:00

Live African Music & Jam

Led by Jerry Topo Boweh of Bassabeats.

Sun 23 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:30 – 23:30

Sun 30 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:30 – 23:30

Sun 6 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:30 – 23:30
…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Psychedelic Saturdays

Psychedelic sounds for a Saturday night.

Sat 26 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:00

Sat 30 Sep

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:00

Sat 28 Oct

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:00
…and 9 more dates until 28 Jul 2018

Rampant Sound

Reggae and dub sounds.

Fri 21 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 21:00 – 00:00

Fri 18 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 21:00 – 00:00

Fri 15 Sep

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 21:00 – 00:00
…and 2 more dates until 17 Nov

Raspberry Jam

Starts with a set by an invited artist/band followed by an acoustic open mic where everyone is encouraged to take part.

Tue 25 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Tue 1 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Tue 8 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 23:30
…and 25 more dates until 30 Jan 2018

Salsa Sabrosa

Salsa dancing with live percussion and tapas to start your evening off in suitably hot and spicy style.

Fri 21 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 00:00

Fri 28 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 00:00

Fri 4 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 00:00
…and 25 more dates until 26 Jan 2018

Tango Libre

A weekly 'Tango Salon', with live music to dance to and of course tapas to fuel those moves.

Thu 27 Jul

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 08:30 – 00:00

Thu 3 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 08:30 – 00:00

Thu 10 Aug

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 08:30 – 00:00
…and 24 more dates until 25 Jan 2018

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1. Allie5 Dec 2011, 5:25pm5 stars La Bodega Tapas Bar Report

Just such a fab place, nothing like it for atmosphere, food drink and always something fascinating going on in the background. check out this little pearl in Glasgow, you won`t be disappointed, in fact you will become a regular..

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