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New bar, restaurant and music venue set for Glasgow's east end

Glasgow East End to open its very own Oran Mor-like venue in August 2015

Published: June 15, 2015
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The former St Luke’s and St Andrew’s Parish Church on Bain Street is currently undergoing a £1.2 million refurbishment and will open as a bar, restaurant and music venue in August 2015.

Owners Michael Woods and Tony Woods - both brothers - have been leading the project with the investment after purchasing the Oran Mor-style church over three years ago. Despite not being open to the public yet, the venue - which will operate under the name St. Luke’s - already has five weddings booked and is currently in the final stages of confirming headline performances from major bands and artists.

The lengthy refurbishment is said to have maintained and restored a lot of the church’s original features. All stonework has been regenerated and the original stained glass windows is reported to have been polished up and brought back to life.
The new multipurpose venue, in which the bar and restaurant will be named ‘The Winged Ox’ - a biblical reference to St. Luke, is planning to have a large outdoor piazza with a full viewing area to be featured above.

The former church site on Bain Street. Picture: St Lukes

The former church site on Bain Street. Picture: St. Lukes

St. Luke’s is the latest addition to Glasgow’s East End’s up and coming thriving bar and restaurant scene and has been welcomed with open arms by the local community in the hope of popularising the area.

The project is said to create dozens of jobs and is also part of Glasgow City Council’s £6.3 million Calton-Barras plan which recently has seen improvements made to local retail businesses during the Commonwealth Games and in future will support the development of an artists’ space consisting of 60 studios opening near the Barrowlands music venue. The Barras Art and Design Centre will also reap in the benefits of an extension which will allow space for new businesses and a new tech academy for students.

For bookings, upcoming events and further information, please visit the St. Luke’s Facebook page.

Warren Campbell is a food and drink enthusiast who has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the Scottish licence trade. Having written for various publications and worked behind several bars, Warren’s passion for all things trade related is what drives him. He can be seen enjoying a Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood in his favourite haunts around Glasgow or frequenting between Glasgow and Edinburgh’s thriving restaurant scenes.

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