Kelvingrove Café is a converted ice-cream parlour on Argyle Street in Finnieston. It originally opened in 1896 and was a favourite lunch spot for visitors to the recently finished Kelvingrove Park. After many reincarnations, the current owners took it back to its Victorian roots in 2013 and once again made it a contemporary European Grand Café.
The main bar is an homage to the Grand Cafés of 19th century Europe with high walls covered with contemporary Scottish and Parisian Art. A beautifully finished wood floor, opulently large mirror, Chesterfield booths, monochrome floor tiles and a gleaming brass bar provide a perfect setting for cocktails in the evening.
By day, Kelvingrove Café serves terrific brunches, café classics and modern small plates. Dishes reflect the season and everything is made fresh and in house.
The butterilk fried chicken slider with corn relish is highly recommended!
If you’re looking for a great place for a few drinks, look no further. Kelvingrove Café has a fantastic drinks menu and extremely talented mixologists behind the bar ready to create exceptional cocktails.
All their ice is produced in-house with tools and techniques used by cafe owners in 1930s Glasgow. Behind the bar you can see the large copper sinks used to hold the ice blocks and the 14-inch Japanese ice saw used to portion it. They boast a wealth of spirits and their draft selection includes some rarer options such as Samuel Adams and Oranjeboom Premium Pilsner.
Kelvingrove Café, 1161 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TB
Breakfast is served from 8-midday Monday – Saturday and 9-5 Sunday.
A la Carte from midday – 10p.m. Monday to Sunday.