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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The Glad Café

An artsy community café hub with loads of space for patrons to write, read or talk over top-quality food courtesy of McCune Smith Café.

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Live venue, art gallery, community hub, bar and general hangout, the warehouse chic of Glad Café’s spacious interior lends itself to many purposes, mixing large tables with cosy corners. The long bar boasts a selection of home-baking as well as gluten-free offerings from Wild Flours, single origin coffees and a good choice of local beer and craft ale on draught and in bottles. The kitchen is now being run by McCune Smith, serving the kind of beautifully presented seasonal, tasty, healthy food that has made their name at their own café close to the Cathedral. The menu runs from all-day breakfasts, both meaty and vegan, to toast and granola, from protein-packed salads to light snacks of hummus and pitta. Halloumi salad comes fried crisp brown and salty, topped with fennel seeds, pine nuts and black sesame seeds, while the classic brunch sees two perfectly poached eggs covered in hollandaise, sitting on a generous wedge of Stornoway black pudding and soft, sweet caramelised onions.

  • High point: Lime and raspberry polenta cake
  • Low point: Halloumi salad could do with bread on the side
  • Notable dish: The classic brunch
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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 10 events at this location

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Bitches Brew

A night of top female improvising talent featuring everything from free improv and world music through to groove and electronics.

Sun 25 Jun

£8–£10 / 0141 636 6119

Featuring Maud the Moth, Rachael Cohen, Collective X and Kikazaru. Part of Glasgow International Jazz Festival.

Dick Valentine

The Electric Six frontman performs alt-rock in this solo performance.

Wed 13 Sep

£12.50 / 0141 636 6119

Jack Lukeman

Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter.

Wed 19 Jul

£12.65 / 0141 636 6119


  • 2015
  • US
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Jessica Edwards
  • Cast: Mavis Staples, Adam Ayres, Gene Barge

A look at the life and work of Mavis Staple, whose group the Staple Singers helped to inspire people and propel the civil rights movement.

Sat 3 Jun

£8.80 some concessions / 0141 636 6119

Part of Southside Film Festival.

Molly Burch

The pop singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas performs songs from her new album, Please Be Mine.

Tue 30 May

£8.80 / 0141 636 6119

Siobhan Wilson

Franco-Scottish folk singer-songwriter.

Fri 30 Jun

£10 / 0141 636 6119

Southside Filmmaker Award Screening

Screening of award nominees.

Sun 4 Jun

Free / 0141 636 6119

Part of Southside Film Festival.

Where Do We Go From Here?

  • 2015
  • UK
  • 82 min
  • Directed by: John McPhail
  • Cast: Richard Addison, Kim Allan, Michael Annis

When surly nurse Jen starts her now job at the Easy Love Care Home, she's surprised to find James, a 25-year-old man, living and working in the facility as resident Janitor. Directed by Southside filmmaker John McPhail and produced by Southsider Lauren Lamarr this film is an excellent excellent of independent Scottish…

Sun 4 Jun

0141 636 6119

Part of Southside Film Festival.

  • 19:30

Sun 4 Jun

£8.80 some concessions / 0141 636 6119

Workers Theatre Weekender

A family-friendly weekender from The Workers Theatre, featuring theatre, comedy, spoken word and music.

Fri 9 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 636 6119

Sat 10 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 636 6119

Sun 11 Jun

Times & prices vary / 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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