Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.
Glasgow recently won an award for the most vegan-friendly city in the UK, and I was not surprised! Every one of the venues in this post is 100% vegan, which is brilliant for a city the size of Glasgow.
Mono Bar & Restaurant
Mono is, quite simply, my favourite place to go out in Glasgow. The food is delicious (I can especially recommend the seitan burger and the pizzas, plus their outstanding vegan cheesecake) and they often host live music events. It’s a beautiful space which has been tastefully decorated, the staff are unfailingly helpful and friendly and it’s a great place to go for a few social drinks and a casual meal with friends.
Stereo is Mono’s sister bar in Renfield Lane and is a slightly more formal, sit-down meal experience. It also has a great live music venue space downstairs in the cellar where you can see some really excellent bands play. I had an especially nice night watching The Shee perform here after a tasty dinner.
If Mono and Stereo have more of a restaurant/bistro feel to them than a pub, then The 78 feels unequivocally like a pub which serves food as well. They offer a great and somewhat fancy pub grub menu and have special offers on certain days of the week. Nice beer, open fireplaces and comfy sofas make this a great place to hang out.
The Flying Duck
Another bar serving only vegan food in Glasgow is The Flying Duck on Renfield Street, which also hosts music events and the occasional vegan fair. Slightly more grungy than The 78, The Flying Duck offers a great menu including build your own tacos.
Saramago Café @ CCA
Inside the Centre for Contemporary Arts building lies this hidden vegan jewel of Glasgow, Saramago Café. I’m always surprised at how few people seem to know about this venue, which serves great table service meals.