Food and drink blogger Warren Campbell takes a look at some of the hottest new and upcoming venues in Glasgow for you to check out

NEW:

Saint Luke’s – The East End/City Centre

(Calton, 17 Bain St, Glasgow G40 2JZ)

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The Winged Ox, Saint Luke’s. Picture: WC

The highly anticipated Saint Luke’s only opened in September and is already proving to be one of the hotspots of the year. Formerly a church, the site has been resurrected and updated for the 21st century and is now set to host some major events in the upcoming months.

The multi-purpose venue houses a bar and restaurant – The Winged Ox – and also hosts an array of live music and entertainment backed by on-site booker Chae Houston, Managing Director of Tenement TV.

The Winged Ox – a biblical reference to Saint Luke – has a strong selection of crafts and draughts on offer as well a fine food menu that is good for the soul.

The original stonework and stained glass windows have been lovingly restored and brought back to life. A specially commissioned mural depicting Saint Luke spinning records is also on display.

Saint Luke’s is the latest addition to Glasgow’s burgeoning East End scene and it is hoped the stunning venue will add the area’s already growing popularity.

Warehouse – Merchant City

(61-65 Glassford St, Glasgow G1 1UG)

Picture: Warehouse

Picture: Warehouse

Glasgow’s Merchant City has welcomed a new, tranquil hangout spot called Warehouse –  which now occupies the site of the former Peckhams on Glassford Street.

Offering everything from breakfast bites to tantalising cocktails, Warehouse makes the ideal spot for a rendezvous no matter the time of day.

And in keeping with Glasgow’s love for live music, Warehouse will also be showcasing performances from local and upcoming talent most nights of the week.

Co-owner of Warehouse Stephen Heggie has been a busy man with up his other upcoming venture Bathtub & Co – also set to open later this month.

Stephen said: “Drinks will be similar to Bathtub in that we will have a large spirits, craft beer and cocktail offering.

“Warehouse will have entirely its own identity but like Bathtub & Co, we will have a live music offering most nights.”

The kitchen is open all day combining British and European influences in their contemporary cuisine. The site has been fully fitted with an L-shaped bar, an open-plan kitchen and also houses a private hire space in the basement.

UPCOMING:

Proud Mary – City Centre

(25 Queen Street, Glasgow)

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Behold! From the previous team behind Saint Jude’s, Proud Mary is set to open this Autumn occupying the former Cirque nightclub in Glasgow. Situating on Glasgow’s popular Queen Street, Proud Mary will host a variety of musical treats including upcoming and local talent.

Christopher Murphy, Marketing Manager of Proud Mary, said:
“Proud Mary will offer the best of the cities emerging DJ’s, producers & artists. Expect anything from indie, rap, punk, acid rave, funk or reggae.

“At Proud Mary, we love our music!”

Fellow foodies can expect locally-sourced produce served with a modern twist on plates and platters. Discerning drinkers can indulge in a wide range of craft beer and bespoke cocktails. The late night venue will also proudly showcase Glasgow’s first table tennis bar, the “Ping Pong Ballroom”, set to cause a stir among the locale.
Keep your eyes peeled!

HealthyBear – City Centre

(72 Ingram Street, Glasgow)

A new healthy fast food joint called HealthyBear is set to open this November on Glasgow’s Ingram Street. Focusing on fresh food, all locally-sourced, the new eatery is the sister venture of the popular dessert parlour JellyBear situated at the same address.

Serving up all things green, herbivores can feast on the soon to be revealed vegan and gluten free menu. HealthyBear will carefully craft organic cuisines inspired by the team’s travels to South East Asia and Morocco. Each dish will be carefully measured with easy to find calorie content, nutritional information and will be skilfully prepared by their leading chef Sharon Murphy.

Revellers have the option of sitting in and taking away as the new restaurants aims to promote healthy living with a quick and easy way of dining.

Sinead Henderson, General Manager of HealthyBear, told The Scotsman Food & Drink: “HealthyBear is all about offering quick, tasty but healthy food to people living and working in Glasgow. We offer sit-in dining, a quick takeaway option or delivery, so we hope to cater to anyone no matter how busy or time shy they are.”

Bavaria Brauhaus – City Centre

(30 Bothwell Street, Glasgow)

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A new German beer hall style bar and restaurant – Bavaria Brauhaus – is set to open this month with owner Raymond Codona hoping to bring a taste of the brewing capital to the Glasgow crowd.

According to Raymond, inspiration for the site has been taken from Munich’s renowned Hofbrauhaus – a multi-story beer hall that dates back to the 16th century – with a focus on German cuisine with Bavarian Beer.

The £1 million project occupies an A-listed building – which was previously home to Madness theatre of fun – and is set to become the city’s largest German-themed licensed premises.

In an interview with STV earlier in the year, Raymond said: “The Bavarian culture is such a vibrant and atmospheric one, that the opportunity to replicate it in Scotland, especially in Glasgow, is truly fantastic.”

The interior is reported to be ornate and traditional complete with German fixtures and fittings. Bavaria Brauhaus will also feature a specially commissioned mural painted by Glasgow artist Nichol Wheatley.

Bavaria Brauhaus will officially launch on 12th November 2015 and is not to be missed!

Lou57nge – City Centre

(57 W Regent St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G2 2AE)

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Picture: WC

Glasgow certainly loves a bit of live music but Lou57nge owner’s Nicola Pitticas’ travels to London and New York has inspired her to take Glasgow’s love of live music to the next level.

Lou57nge will not be your typical wine or cocktail bar, as the entire bar staff will also be singing and showcasing their talents as well.

Set to open this month, Lou57nge owner Nicola Pitticas – who recently won New Entrepreneur of the Year at the BWS Awards – told the Scotsman Food & Drink: “Lou57nge have teamed up with Assam Restaurant next door to offer Glasgow something a little different – the best night out experience in Glasgow.

“We want to provide customers with entertainment whilst they enjoy the amazing atmosphere, our talented in-house staff and the cocktails we have on offer.”

About The Author

Warren Campbell

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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