The Glad Café

The Glad Café
1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG
  • Telephone 0141 636 6119
  • Bar open Sun–Wed noon–11pm, Thu–Sat noon–midnight;
  • Food served Mon–Fri 11am–10pm; Sat–Sun 10am–10pm
  • Average price £6 (soup/sandwich); £13 (evening meal)
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The Glad Café

An artsy community café that has loads of space for patrons to write, read or talk over coffee, beer or wine.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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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, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Massive cross section of (generally) very good, (often) eclectic and (rather) cool, music.
  • Live entertainment: Indie/electronic/experimental live gigs and open mics, literature nights, film nights - strong community emphasis
  • Capacity: 52
  • Largest group: 52
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle

Event times

There are 3 events at this location

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Chris Cundy

Contemporary and improv bass clarinet.

Tue 14 Mar

£6 / 0141 636 6119

With Pefkin and Bell Lungs.

Performing a new set of pieces titled The Disruptive Forest, released on the Confront Recordings label in late 2016.

Doghouse Roses

Atmospheric folk and blues duo turned trio with skilful guitar playing and ethereal vocals.

Sat 29 Apr

£10 / 0141 636 6119

With Joseph Parsons Duo.

The Mountains and the City (From the rivers to the rooftops)

Photographs contrasting the mountains of Scotland with the urban landscape.

Fri 24 Feb

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 636 6119

Sat 25 Feb

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 636 6119

Sun 26 Feb

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 636 6119

…and 2 more dates until 28 Feb

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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