5 Of The Best New Bars And Restaurants To Try This January In Glasgow

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Fancy trying something new this month? Glasgow is brimming with new openings. From gluten-free cakes and pastries to some of the best natural wine, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your next culinary adventure. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to some of the very best new restaurants, bars and cafés to try in Glasgow this January.

1. Wino

Combining vegan food with natural wine, Wino is one of the new restaurants to head to this month in Partick. Founded by father-daughter duo Liv and Innes of the Good in the Hood and local favourite pizza bar, Basta, Wino aims to focus on sustainability with every tipple at the bar being vegan, natural and biodynamic. Serving a selection of red, white, rosé and sparkling wine, as well as up-and-coming orange wine and pet nats (low sugar wine), there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy. Alongside the ethically-sourced wines, Wino aims to serve up a snacky-food menu and as the chef at Basta, Liv will add items on the menu including a tempure Basta pizza crunch.

Wino, 562 Dumbarton Road, G11 6RH

2. Banco Di Roma

Banco Di Roma is Glasgow’s newest contemporary restaurant replacing Zizzis in the beautiful building located at Royal Exchange Square and is set to serve exciting Italian cuisine. Housed in the former Bank of Scotland, it’s only fitting that the “Bank of Rome” opens a restaurant here and it’s likely that the setting will not be lacking in grandeur. Posting to social media, Banco Di Roma describes their location as “an iconic and grand vista reflecting our essence”, “elegant, modern and stylish” and “a place to be surprised.” Banco Di Roma is part of the Viva Italia group which own the likes of Toni Macaroni and Mozza in Glasgow as well as eateries such as the famous Nardini’s in Largs.

Banco Di Roma, 31 Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AJ

3. Buck’s Bar

Known for their ginormous buttermilk chicken burgers featuring a full buttermilk fried chicken breast bursting out of its brioche bun and across the sides, Buck’s Bar is branching out and heading to the Southside this January. Based on Cathcart Road, Mount Florida, the new opening will be Buck’s Bar third branch in the city alongside their Trongate and West Regent Street sites. Southsiders will be able to enjoy all things chicken whether it be a buttermilk fried chicken burger, wings or on top of their wonderful buttery waffles. Buck’s Bar also offer meat-free alternatives including buffalo cauliflower bites, jackfruit and seitan vegan burgers as well as halloumi nuggets, plus a selection of boozy shakes.

Buck’s Bar, 1021 Cathcart Road, Mount Florida, G42 9XJ

4. Velvet Sparrow

Adding to the new restaurants and bars hitting emerging on the Southside is Velvet Sparrow. Located in Cathcart’s Clarkston Road, the venue shares the same owner as the legendary Barry’s convenience store across the road, which has gained popularity for its extensive world beer selection. As you enter Velvet Sparrow, you’ll be met with a gorgeously-painted sparrow mural and sparrows are said to symbolise power, creativity, community, simplicity and empowerment, some of the things that the owners will be bringing to this new bar and kitchen. Velvet Sparrow will be serving the likes of slider burgers in flavours such as falafel, beef and chicken, tacos, fish and chips, plus loaded fries. Guests can also sip on a range of beers and cocktails, plus tuck into desserts like chocolate brownie and ice cream.

Velvet Sparrow, 3 Clarkston Road, Cathcart, G44 4EF

5. Wild Flours East

Popular gluten-free Giffnock bakery, Wild Flours, is heading north-east of the city to Dennistoun for its second branch, with the aim of opening this January. Wild Flours has been a popular bakery for many on the south side of Glasgow, but now the east side can be blessed with delicious bakes at its new location on Duke Street. The bakery serves up a wide selection of cakes, bakes and pastries, including plenty of vegan options, all of which do not contain gluten. Feast on a delectable Danish, tasty tart or mouth-watering muffin alongside a cup of locally sourced coffee, and thank us later.

Wild Flours East, 553 Duke Street, Dennistoun, G31 1DL

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