Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Let there be light … new-look Kelvingrove Café opens up again after refurbishment

By Ellen Thomson at

A favourite West End bar and brasserie has re-opened after refurbishment and almost 200 days of closure.

Kelvingrove Cafe at 1161 Argyle Street has been extended at ground level to make better use of space.

A new raised dining area where the kitchen used to be now overlooks the ornate bar area.

Kelvingrove Café

Kelvingrove Café has been extended at ground level. Photo: Michael Hunter

The change around means more natural light can flood in from the back of the building as well as the front.

Meanwhile, the decor has had a make-over and a new menu has been introduced.

Owner Barry Oattes said he wants Kelvingrove Café to be Scotland’s leading Amaro bar and brasserie.

He said: “Our ambition is to be the best bar in Scotland for cocktails and casual dining, which is why we have invested so heavily in upgrading the venue.

‘Pretty special’

“We think it’s pretty special and can’t wait to welcome people back.”

The refurbishment makes the most of the building’s original architecture.

The new 240-sq-ftd dining space features versailles panelled tables, pine green Spanish plaster walls and imported Italian terracotta floor tiles.

A huge Crittall steel-framed window at the back floods the space in light.

Kelvingrove Café

‘Our focus has always been on providing the very best cocktails in Scotland’. Photo: Michael Hunter

The bar has revamped its cocktail list with a curated selection of 14 classic drinks, including a signature Bloody Mary.

Barry said: “Kelvingrove Café has been a favourite venue in the heart of Finnieston for many years now, so we are delighted to reopen our doors once again.

‘Our ambition is to be the best bar in Scotland for cocktails and casual dining, which is why we have invested so heavily in upgrading the venue.

‘We think it’s pretty special and can’t wait to welcome people back’

Barry Oattes

“Our focus has always been on providing the very best cocktails in Scotland and now we have the interior to match – spacious, relaxed and ambient.”

The bar the first opened in 1896 and was once an ice-cream parlour and a favourite lunch spot for visitors to the then recently finished Kelvingrove Park.

In homage to the history of the building, the new menu features a delicious dessert menu curated by Minted (Byres Road, Glasgow) including a traditional Knickerbocker Glory, Peach Melba and Banana Split.

 

Kelvingrove Café

The refurbishment makes the most of the building’s original architecture. Photo: Michael Hunter

* For further information and to view the menus, visit www.kelvingrovecafe.com