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“Ideal cafe bar and music venue”
Review of The Arches

The Arches
Ranked #93 of 277 things to do in Glasgow
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Owner description: One of Europe's leading cultural venues, the Arches is both an arts receiving and production house with an international reputation as an exciting hub of ground-breaking creativity. Housed within seven Grade A listed Victorian railway arches in Glasgow city centre, the venue presents a year-round programme of theatre, performance, dance, visual art, live music, club nights and creative learning.
Ilminster
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Ideal cafe bar and music venue”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Right by Central Station, offers wonderful food at reasonable prices with a good choice of fresh ingredients. Wide range of music throughout the year. Access to bar cafe is by steep stairs. didn't notice whether or not there is a lift.
Ideal meeting place.

Visited February 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Good food let down by slow service”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Went with friends for a deal via 5pm, 3 courses and a glass of wine for £12, a great price so wasn't expecting haute cuisine however the food was very good. Starters of veg tempura were a little small, 4 pieces, however for the price completely reasonable. My main of pig cheeks was delicious as was the fish my friend had. My other pal, being a true vegetarian was a little miffed there was only one veggie dish however they kindly agreed to swap it for the veggie haggis on the a la carte as it was the same price. Upon ordering deserts we were told they had run out of two and had only one portion of brownie left leaving the only option the jelly (no good for veggies) and the cheese plate, so we had the brownie and 2 cheese plates. Good selection of cheese, nice oatcakes and chutney etc. However all in all we were very happy with the food, the only problem was the slowness in which dishes came out. Seated for 6.30 we must have had our starters an hour later, our mains about 8.15 and desert just before 9. Thankfully we were not in a hurry so could wait. The staff were friendly but hard to attract when we needed more wine, more oatcakes etc. I would definitely go back but not if I was in a hurry.

Visited January 2013
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Paisley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awesome”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Had many a great night here. Great location, the building has cool interior and has many diverse shows, ranging from music, arts, theatre, clubs nights etc etc

Visited January 2013
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GLASGOW
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5 reviews
“BTTF presents GBX NYE”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Amazing place... had loads of great nights and usually go to a lot of the Colours nights... the bove 1 on NYE was 1 of the best... staff are grt and the stewards are always on hand if needed

Visited December 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“***Fantastic arts venue serving great food, shame about the service...***”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

As an arts venue, I find the arches particularly interesting. Their theatrical productions and visual arts are often thought provoking and eclectic. And there's always a variety of acts on their gig list. I often meet friends here either for drinks, or a bite to eat. The food served in the cafe bar/restaurant is an eclectic mix of tasty favourites from fish and chips and burgers, to crayfish bisque and oxtail and mushroom pie. I found the seared coley to be particularly delicious, as are the rosemary salted hand cut chips...! The service is not what you would call attentive, in fact it can often be slow, leading me to go up to the bar for additional drinks etc...shame. A fantastic arts venue right in the heart of the city...

Visited December 2012
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