Variety Bar Sauchiehall Street, 0141 332 4449
The Variety Bar is celebrating its tenth Birthday with a week of special DJs and drinks promotions. A landmark bar in generations of students' drinking schedules, the Variety has an uncanny knack of switching smoothly from a calm spot for a quiet pint during the day to a hotbed of Bacchanalian revelry at night. From Mon 6—Sun 12 Oct, all drinks are £1 all day and all night. Reread that if you must, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: one quid, all drinks, all day and all night. That’s about as close to heaven on earth as you're likely to get without bumping into St Peter at the bar. Club Dls are playing every night through the week as well. Happy Birthday.
Glasgow: 198—200 8th Street, 0141 332 8338.
Tex Mex is moving west and has opened a branch in Glasgow. When Tex Mex opened in Edinburgh fourteen years ago, it was the first Mexican restaurant in Scotland, the first to serve frozen margaritas, the first to do flaming fajitas and the first to ship its own lime from the States. The management believes that it is still the best Mexican restaurant in the country and has invested £400,000 in its Glasgow branch to prove it.
Designers Tayburn Mcllroy Coates played a large part in the look of the new Tex Mex, and the clean, modern design is a far cry from the majority of Mexican restaurants which go whole hog on the rustic cantina look. As well as the restaurant, the Glasgow branch has a bar which naturally, is called ’sublime’, With the emphasis on the lime.
Main courses such as enchiladas and chimichangas come in at around the £8—£9 mark While the char-grilled steaks, fish and lBJIIBS cost a couple of qurd more Tex Mex also makes it’s own ice-cream in four different flavours but more importantly it sells gold margeritas by the litre pitcher at £11.50. Those With a strong head for liquor, and a stronger stomach still, can try the mescal With worm which comes complete With a certificate for £3.75 (Jonathan Trew)
The new Glasgow branch of Tex Mex designed by Tayburn Mcllroy Coates
Bann's 5 Hunter Square. 226 1112
Voted best cheap and cheerful meal in Edinburgh by List readers. Egon Ronay recommended. 10am-1 1pm every day.
The Basement 10a-12a Broughton Street. 557 0097.
Restaurant quality food at pub-grub prices, served 'til 10pm in lively, colourful surroundings.
The Bookstop Cafe 4 Teviot Place. 225 5298
New bookshop/cafe. Promises book-browsing, plus, extensive coffee menu, smoothies and deli snacks.
Cellar No 1 1a Chambers Street. 220 4298.
For superb atmosphere, Wines and food, late nights and live music, the Cellar is No 1!
Common Grounds 273 North Bank Street. ,‘igﬁ" 2261416. .2 :4“
American-style coffee house on The Mound. Food served all day. Live music most evenings.
Dial restaurant/cafe 44/46 George IV Bridge. 225 7179. ’Wears its style With a capital With food to match.’ e Conrad WilsOn, Modern Scottish Cursine.
Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road.
229 5932. 1%
Relaxed, FILMHOUSE atmospheric cafe bar, servrng great value snacks, salads, specials and brilliant cappuccmos — 10am till late.
Haw House 44 Candlemaker Row 220 4420.
; Mexican/chargrill daily specials. Higth 3 recommended in The List.
Helios Fountain 7 Grassmarket (With shop) 229 7884
Mon-Sat loam-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm Theatre Workshop (licensed)
34 Hamilton Place, %% 10am—6pm Two “: excellent vegetarian
Stockbridge 225 8802 Mon-Sat coffee houses serving really tasty food
Isabels Cafe’ 83 Clerk Street (below Nature’s Gate). 662 4014
Stone walled, smoke-free basement oasis serVing homemade veggie/vegan food — fresh, deliciOus and cheap'
Kaffe Politik 146/148 m Marchmont Road 446 9873 Espresso bar. Jtiice bar
Food specials all day 'Worth the trip' 10arn— 10pm, 7 days
Khublai Khans Mongolian BBQ
43 Assembly Street
Lunch (Fri & Sun) £5.95, dinner (seven days) £13.95. All you can eat DIY BBQ, Unique and fun.
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Ndebele 57 Home Street. 221 1141. A cafe and sandwich deli with an impressive range of culinary delights from Southern Africa.
Negociants cafe, bar. restaurant. 45-47 Lothian Street. 225 6313. Eclectic Mediterranean menu, superb range of drinks, coffees, cocktails, wines and beers. Open 9-3am.
Pancho Villas 240 Canongate.
Mexican-born owner Mayra Nunez says ’If you‘re going to eat Mexican, then don't be bland.’ Lunch until 5pm, dinner until 11pm.
Passepartout 24 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge. 332 4476 Licensed bistro
and coffee house. w New, exciting, “’14 eclectic!
Cosmopolitan CUisine with daily set price lunch/dinner menus from £5.50/E1250 (booking adVisable).
La Piazza 97-99 Shandwrck Place. 221 1 150.
Stylish Italian restaurant Without designer prices. Open 7 days Ham-midnight
Smoke Stack 53-55 Broughton Street. 556 6032.
Much more than burgers and steaks at this stylish but friendly new chargrill restaurant.
36 36 Great King Street. 556 3636 Demonstrates an eclectic
Vision of atmosphere in n / design, graphics and L) O lighting, and importantly, its food and serVice.
Back Alley Restaurant 8 Ruthven Lane. 334 7165.
World Wide Ctiisine, weekend breakfasts, Happy Hour, lunch menu, evening specials and Glasgow's best burgers!
Balbir's 51 West Regent Street.
Not big, not designer, not sexy, jUSi brilliant High quality Indian CUISan at affOrdable prices.
Cafe Del Mar 94 Queen Margaret Drive 400 5560
A relaxed and friendly atmosphere
New Mediterranean bistro and coffee house in the West End. Students always we/c‘Orrie. BYOB Take-away available all day.
Grassroots 20 Woodlands Road
’ 353 3278
Scare-free food, organic groceries, excellent bread, fine cheeses, herbs and Spices, wholesome foods — yum, yum.
Kama Sutra 331 Sauchiehall Street. 332 0055
Buffet on down for a Kain”, (Elks: quickie at lunchtime, " " £5 95 Monday
evening buffet £9.95 (until 10 30pm).
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Mama Miska 1321 Argyle Street. 334 0594.
Lashings of paprika, Mama Alpine grotto of delight, highly
pasta and pizza. ’An recommended.’ — The List.
Miro's 36 Kelvingrove Street.
The new look Miro offers a fresh view to European dishes. Open from noon till late, 7 days a week
Mojo 158a Bath Street 331 2257. Much acclaimed stylish bar
a unique blend M 0
of modern brasserie cooking in an intimate setting.
Mungo Jerri's. American Sandwich Café 25 Parnie Street. 552 7999 (phone/fax).
Choice of 33 varieties of American food in American style with jazz and R&B.
Murphy's Pakora Bar 1287 Argyle Street. 334 1550. MLHR.‘
Over 30 ways to get ( stuffed at the great Murphy's buffet. Daily
3-7pm only £3.95.
Ocho 150 West Campbell Street. 332 1032. A vibrant new bar, provrding relaxed
funky music, great
vibes and daily drinks promotions.
Rab Ha’s Restaurant 83 Hutcheson Street. 553 1545.
Traditional Scottish cuisine offered in intimate Surroundings, with a choice
of pre-theatre and a la carte menus from 5.30pm, 7 days a week.
Ristorante La Fiorentina 2 Paisley Road West. 420 1585.
Savour the flavour of Tuscan cooking With our extensive menu — including many vegetarian dishes
Restaurant Splash. at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY.
Tel 332 3163.
Stravaigin 28 Gibson Street.
Fresh Scottish ingredients, authentic and original reCipes, award-Winning cooking, lively and informal atmosphere.
The 13th Note 80 Glassford Street. 553 1638 Bar/cafe/venue with a totally vegan menu of Wholesome food Within a relaxed atmosphere.
Tron Theatre 63 Trongate. 552 8587. 'A whole lot more than great theatre’. Voted Glasgow's best bar -- The List Readers Poll.
The Ubiquitous Chip 12 Ashton
Lane. , . 334 5007. Ubgqvgiouf (Lip Oneof
Glasgow’s finest restaurants serving modern Scottish fayre.
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