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6 Of The Best New Bars And Restaurants To Try This September In Glasgow

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Welcome to life after lockdown.

Sometimes, we have a moment thinking- “is this really happening?” Finally, we can now see the light as restaurants are back in full swing once more, yet this will also see the arrival of a number of brand new restaurants and bars opening their doors for the first time ever this month. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to some of the very best new restaurants, bars and cafes to try in Glasgow this September.

1. Abandon Ship Bar

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Set to welcome guests this month on Mitchell Street, their long-awaited arrival in the city marks the second Abandon Ship Bar opening with the first Abandon Ship Bar opening in Dundee in 2019. Designed for lovers of street art and good times, the daring new lifestyle concept stands out from the crowd, combining bold independent retail, incredible artwork and the best of modern Scottish hospitality. Specialising in Americana soul food that’s bursting with flavour, guests can expect imaginative small plates from their kitchen alongside juicy burgers, mouthwatering Southern-style wings, as well as original and eclectic cocktails and craft beers from their team of top bartenders.  Choose from the likes of ‘Dank and Stormy’, a mix of Dead Man’s Finger spiced rum, angostura bitters, warming ginger beer and citrus, or a ‘Pickleback’ which is a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon followed by a chase of house pickle juice.

Abandon Ship Bar, 43 Mitchell Street, G1 3LA

2. Flip & Dip at Golf Fang

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Taking their love for the city, the creators of the popular adult-only entertainment chain Ghetto Golf have launched a new crazy golf course in Glasgow this month. Known as Golf Fang, the course has been designed to pay homage to Glasgow’s culture and renowned entertainment scene, by featuring a miniature replica of the iconic Old College Bar. In addition to the course, the ultimate entertainment destination also brings the Flip & Dip food outlet to Glasgow. They’ll be serving up fried chicken, burgers, Mexican dishes and desserts as well as plant-based options including their Vegan Korean Burger featuring homemade sriracha mayo, Korean kimchi, crispy vegan patty, pickled cucumber and homemade Korean BBQ sauce.

Golf Fang, 82-100 Lancefield Street, G3 8JD

3. 63rd + 1st

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Located on Bothwell Street and just a short walk from Glasgow Central Station, this new cocktail bar and restaurant seats 135 in a large but neatly designed restaurant, lounge, bar area. An additional 24 covers are available in its outdoor dining area. 63rd+1st showcases a unique identity and beautiful club style interior, creating a stylish hub for people to meet morning, noon, and night. Furthermore, the menu is inspired by the street food scene in Manhattan and celebrates the personality and principles of iconic classic cocktails, quality eclectic food and legendary atmosphere. The restaurant which is now taking bookings is expected to open on September 24 and will be serving sharing plates as well as some luxurious dishes like seared scallops, black pudding and pea purée; crispy duck shaker salad and a range of pizzettas.

63rd + 1st, 16 Bothwell Street, G2 6NU

4. The Olive Boardz

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Described as Scotland’s ‘first grazing dine-in restaurant’, this Shawlands eatery officially opened to the public on September 4 and accepts both bookings in advance and walk-ins . The restaurant will offer selections of hand-crafted edible designs for customers to graze on. They offer a wide range of locally sourced food, including Scotland’s finest George Mews Cheese, locally sourced breads and fresh fruit and vegetables. The Olive Boardz also serves some lighter bites including bagels, paninis, croissants, scones with jam and cream, and a pancake stack served with raw honeycomb, seasonal fruit and a pistachio crumb. Alongside their appetising grazing boards, guests can also enjoy their own bar cart and they have a BYOB policy in place, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine to go alongside that unbelievable cheese board.

The Olive Boardz, 259 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, G41 3JF

5. Hooligan

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Located above The Drake on Lyndoch Street, the new venue will play homage to the growing natural wine scene and the ongoing love affair diner have for small plates. Hooligan, which opened on September 3, is the sister venue to Eighty Eight and will boasts a menu of simple small dishes using the best seasonal Scottish produce. Expect dishes such as Cumbrae oysters, fermented chilli juice and champagne shallots; lamb tartare with sourdough toast and smoked lamb fat; and hake served with chicken butter and tempura samphire. In addition to a wide selection of wines and small-plates, the Hooligan menu also features dreamy dessert options like syllabub with plums, elderflower and Madeira cake; and hazelnut and chocolate cremeux with  dacquoise and salted caramel.

Hooligan. 1 Lynedoch Street, G3 6EF

6. Roberta’s 

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Located on St. Vincent Street, Roberta’s takes unfussy, authentic Italian cooking and brings it to life in new uber stylish surroundings. Classic Neapolitan pizzas, made in a bespoke blistering-hot wood fired oven, will be the beacon, while pasta dishes are both playful and nostalgic. Grill-inspired plates, decadent Italian desserts and their trendy yet sophisticated cocktail bar will be providing a touch of New York style and substance to the city centre. Roberta’s, which opens on September 13, will be serving up elegant pasta dishes like linguine vongole, a range of bruschettas, as well as starters such as burrata; grilled octopus; deep fried courgette; monkfish carpaccio; and calamari with squid ink alioli.

Roberta’s, 140 St Vincent Street, G2 5LA

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