The Glad Café

The Glad Café
1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG
  • Telephone 0141 636 6119
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 9am–11pm; Thu–Fri 9am–midnight; Sat/Sun 10am–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat/Sun 10am–4pm
  • Average price £6.50 (set lunch)
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  • Website www.thegladcafe.co.uk
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The Glad Café

An artsy community café hub with loads of space for patrons to write, read or talk while enjoying top-quality food.

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The Glad Café is many things to many people, in a spacious environ that takes its time in a way few places in the West End are afforded. There’s Dear Green coffee, and excellent cakes (always gluten-free available – there’s GF bread for sandwiches, too). There’s an elegant afternoon menu, with light bites such as a zesty mackerel pâté, a well-balanced halloumi and courgette salad, or a delightful black pudding scotch that is properly crispy then pleasingly runny and rich. There’s a classy beer (and wine) selection that sees daytime into night, including bottles from the Williams, Drygate and Fallen breweries. It’s also an arts space, hosting gigs, comedy, film screenings et al. Sitting in the Glad Café one can feel that it’s proud of its community, and that its community is glad to have it.

  • High point: The sense of space and time one has
  • Low point: Could do with more comfy seats
  • Notable dish: Honey roast ham and piccalilli sandwich on 'Crossmyloof Loaf' bread
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  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: indie pop, motown
  • Live entertainment: live gigs and open mic nights, literature nights, film and theatre nights, political and philosophical talks
  • Capacity: 52
  • Largest group: 52
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 6 events at this location

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Chris T-t Farewell Concert

After 20 years, 10 albums and 2,000+ gigs, Chris T-T bows out with a one-off final Scottish show. Special guest is Chrissy Barnacle. Doors 7:30pm, music from 8pm, curfew 10:45pm.

Fri 15 Sep

£11 / 0141 636 6119

Dick Valentine

Electric Six frontman performs an acoustic set. Danger, danger, low voltage …

Wed 13 Sep

£13.75 / 0141 636 6119

Eleanor McEvoy

Top selling Irish singer/songwriter.

Wed 6 Sep

£11 / 0141 636 6119

Michael Mcdermott

An evening with Chicago singer/songwriter Michael McDermott, with Special Guest Heather Horton. Often likened to Dylan and Springsteen, 2016 was a big year for Chicago singer/songwriter Michael McDermott. Voted Best Male Artist by Americana-UK readers, his album Willow Springs received several Best of 2016 accolades…

Wed 27 Sep

£11 / 0141 636 6119

Steve Poltz & Beerjacket

An intimate and up close evening with the irrepressible Californian singer songwriter Steve Poltz and Scottish indie hero Beerjacket. Come join the mayhem. ALL PROFITS FROM THIS SHOW WILL BE DONATED TO GLASGOW CHARITY SPIRIT AID'S CHRISTMAS FOOD HAMPER AND TOY APPEAL STEVE POLTZ: To suggest that Steve Poltz isn't…

Fri 6 Oct

£11 / 0141 636 6119

Worriedaboutsatan In Glasgow

worriedaboutsatan return to Glasgow with neo-classical pianist and label mate Lucy Claire providing an ethereal opening to the night. https://www.worriedaboutsatan.co.uk https://www.lucy-claire.com/

Sat 28 Oct

£6.60 / 0141 636 6119

Reviews & features

Community projects: Glasgow's flourishing Southside

6 May 2014

The Southside Fringe, Glad Cafe and Locavore are among the area's thriving community initiatives

Something good is growing in the Southside of Glasgow. It took root when local residents occupied the marked-for-closure Govanhill Baths in 2001 to turn it into a community-run venue. It’s in the independent spirit that last year drove local gig…

Comments & ratings

1. Feste4 Sep 2012, 11:28pm5 stars The Glad Café Report

Tremendous place: laid-back, comfortable environment; great food/coffee served in a clever, creative space. For me, one of the greatest things about Glad is that it's a good place to be - literally a Good Place. There's something nurturing about the ambience, the welcome, the good spirits (I don't mean the drinks, but they're good too), the comfort for body, mind and stomach. There's a sense of belonging: you really do feel welcome. I think I'm going to be doing writing and sketching on that big sanded table: it's the kind of place where you feel that would just happen easily. An absolute gem for the South Side. I'm glad about Glad (okay, corny but true).

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