The Glad Café

The Glad Café
1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG
  • Telephone 0141 636 6119
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–4pm, 5–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–4pm, 5–10pm
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The Glad Café

An artsy community café hub where patrons write, read or talk while enjoying food – Hen of the Woods oversee the daytime menu while the Hug and Pint team serve up the evening one.

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Chilled out vibes, eclectic music and friendly, mellow staff — the Glad Café is everything a mildly hipsterish dining spot should be. That said, the arty atmosphere doesn’t quite prepare you for the absolute flavour wallop of the veggie food on offer. The daytime menu is crafted by Hen of the Woods, a highlight being the poached eggs with salted yoghurt, chilli brown butter and sourdough toast — it is a rich, runny, comforting plate of joy. Scrambled eggs on sourdough is airy and delicious, while the French toast — doorstop hunks of brioche topped with lemon curd, labneh, spiced plums and almonds — is a taste cavalcade of sweet, sour, acidic, savoury, spicy and creamy. By night, the menu moves on to Pan-Asian small plates from the Hug and Pint team. It is clear that this cheerful hangout is flying the flag for the culinary potential of the neighbourhood café.

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Deborah Bell visited The Glad Café on 15 March 2019
  • High point: Creative dishes that pack a real flavour punch
  • Low point: Wooden chairs would benefit from cushions
  • Notable dish: Poached eggs with salted yoghurt, chilli brown butter and sourdough toast
  • Average price: £8.50 (lunch)
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  • Private dining: N/A
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Quirky indie sounds
  • Live entertainment: Live gigs and open mic nights, comedy, literature night, film nights, theatre nights, political and philosophical talks.
  • Capacity: 52
  • Largest group: 52
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £11 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 15 events at this location

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Archie Faulks

London based singer-songwriter who has previously toured and released music under the name Tenterhook.

Fri 28 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 636 6119

Cable Ties

Australian 3 piece Cable Ties debut U.K.

Fri 3 Apr

£9 / 0141 636 6119


New wave country sounds from the singer-songwriter.

Thu 23 Apr

£17.60 / 0141 636 6119

Crossmylaff Comedy

Stand-up show featuring the best in Scottish comedy types.

Fri 27 Mar

£12.10 / 0141 636 6119

Sat 28 Mar

£12.10 / 0141 636 6119

Danni Nicholls and David Latto

With the wind in her sails from receiving consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 ‘UK Album of the Year’ for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 ‘UK Artist of the Year’), singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride. Following on from supporting the legendary Shakin' Stevens on…

Wed 22 Jan

£15.40* / 0141 636 6119

Elaine Lennon Album Launch and James Edwyn

Since her first live appearance in December 2018 and collecting a prestigious Danny Kyle Award to her CV, Elaine Lennon has matured into a performer who is being tipped by many of her peers as someone who has rightly earned “not to be missed” status. Winning comparisons to Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt…

Fri 24 Jan

£13.20* / 0141 636 6119

Glasgow Songwriting Festival: Opening Concert

A songwriters in the round style concert featuring the tutors from Glasgow Songwriting Festival 2020. This event sells out every year so please get your tickets in advance. The concert begins at 7:30 sharp doors are open from 7pm.

Fri 21 Aug

£16.50 / 0141 636 6119

Glorious Traces: The Music of Others

In the summer of 2019, Glasgow Southside’s cultural hub, The Glad Cafe found itself needing to find £40,000 for major roof repairs or face closure. They decided to start a Crowdfunder campaign and Glad Cafe frequenter and Modern Studies frontwoman, Emily Scott curated and funded the manufacture of a compilation CD, to be…

Sat 25 Jan

£15.40* / 0141 636 6119

Independent Venue Week And Gig Buddies Glasgow Present Sensatronic Lab

Gig Buddies Scotland are celebrating our launch in Glasgow with a fully accessible gig, in partnership with Independent Venue Week, featuring local artists of all abilities at the Glad Café. Gig Buddies is a project that pairs people with learning disabilities with volunteer buddies to go out and do the things they…

Fri 31 Jan

£4.40 / 0141 636 6119

India Electric Co

Folk duo from London.

Sun 26 Apr

£11 / 0141 636 6119

Ivw: Savage Mansion

Savage Mansion is an indie rock collective from Glasgow led by songwriter Craig Angus, and featuring a cast of musicians including Andrew Macpherson and Jamie Dubber (Catholic Action), Lewis Orr (Martha Ffion, Space Rocket Garage Band) and Taylor Stewart (Romeo Taylor). Formed in 2016 the band quickly drew attention for a…

Thu 30 Jan

£7 / 0141 636 6119

Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions

Too tough for folk and too blues influenced for country, Lynne Hanson's brand of "porch music with a little red dirt" can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. Lynne is known for her high-energy, roots guitar driven live performances…

Thu 7 May

£14.63 / 0141 636 6119

Peter Bruntnell and Mally Smith

If you ask the likes of Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (REM, Minus 5), Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), John Murry, or Kathleen Edwards they’ll all tell you that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities. Peter has a unique ‘way with a tune’ and the most…

Thu 23 Jan

£15.40* / 0141 636 6119

Rachael Dadd and support

Living half her time as a traveling musician in Japan, witnessing how other people create things, connecting with other cultures and landscapes; all this is a furnace for Rachael Dadd`s innovative song writing. With a string of releases in the UK, EU and Japan including her highly acclaimed previous album ‘We Resonateʼ…

Wed 29 Jan

£15.40* / 0141 636 6119

Yng Ngheredigion

Yng Ngheredigion’ is an exploration of landscape and place through music, film, stories, experience and discourse. It’s a continuously evolving work featuring Angharad Davies, Debbie Armour, Jer Reid, Michael Trusswel, Rafe Fitzpatrick, Sharron Kraus & Stevie Jones. New compositions, traditional tunes and sound…

Sat 1 Feb

£15.40* / 0141 636 6119

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