Deep in the heart of the Merchant City, Arta is a Mediterranean restaurant complemented by a stunning Spanish-style bar and Canvas - a vibrant late night, live music venue and club. The main bar is jaw-dropping. A sweeping staircase, enormous standing candelabras, neo-classical statues and the ever striking petal drop are among the key eye candy at this popular venue.
Mighty fine cocktails and regular salsa classes underline the feeling that you have stumbled upon a very chic private party in a Spanish hacienda. Drop by here for after work drinks and you might just find that you are still here, dancing, as the early hours tick round. Some regulars swear that it’s worth sleeping away the day in order to party away the night at Arta.
Long and low with an arched ceiling, the restaurant space cleverly pulls off the trick of being both intimate and lively. For a sure fire romantic night, book the Romeo and Juliet table. A cosy, little, two-seater, it allows diners to overlook the internal courtyard of the bar.
Arta restaurant is ideally suited for large celebrations and their selection of tapas is perfect for parties. There is a three course set menu which follow the traditional starter, main course and dessert format but tapas are the main focus at Arta.
Particularly popular are the seared scallops and black pudding with a Spanish brandy sauce (chamuscado vieiras); the red peppers stuffed with cream cheese, pine nuts and raisins (pimientos rojas); the breast of chicken wrapped in Serrano ham with thyme roasted potatoes; and, of course, the chorizo sausage with red onion and Rioja sauce.
Regular customers also advise leaving room for Arta’s Valencian orange sponge dessert (bizcocho de naranja Valenciana) which is served with orange sorbet and a passion fruit syrup.
The extensive wine list concentrates on wines from Spain and South America. The cocktail list repays close examination.
Arta, 13-19 Walls Street, Glasgow, G1 1PA