La Bodega Tapas Bar

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
  • Pre-theatre price £9
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La Bodega Tapas Bar

An eccentric, authentic hangout with a unique atmosphere – great food, great value, great fun.

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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
  • Average price: £9 (3 tapas); £14 (dinner)

'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 6 events at this location

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Apaloseco: Pure Flamenco

Flamenco session with musicians going right back to Flamenco roots with powerful dance, guitar and vocals.

Sat 27 Jan

£9–£11 / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 00:00

The Groove Band

Chill jazz, soul, Latin and R&B.

Sun 21 Jan

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 16:00 – 18:00

Psychedelic Saturdays

Psychedelic sounds for a Saturday night.

Sat 27 Jan

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:00

Sat 24 Feb

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:00

Sat 31 Mar

Free (donations welcome) / 0141 581 3401

  • 19:00
…and 4 more dates until 28 Jul

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 23 Jan

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Tue 30 Jan

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Salsa Sabrosa

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

Fri 26 Jan

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 20:00 – 00:00

Tango Libre

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

Thu 25 Jan

Free / 0141 581 3401

  • 08:30 – 00:00

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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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