If you like live music and want a great night out in Glasgow then Maggie May’s on the Trongate ticks a lot of boxes. The winner of multiple awards, it is a late night bar, comedy club, Scottish restaurant (separate from the main bar), indie/rock nightclub, lunch destination and popular live music venue which does much to support local bands.
Live music may be the front man for Maggie May’s but the food produced by Maggie’s Kitchen is the rock solid back beat from which everything else takes its cue. Serving from 11am to late, the kitchen provides a huge range of food from a simple bowl of soup to a slap up steak dinner. The daily market menu and two course lunch offer excellent value while the late night bites selection means that revellers can tuck into burgers, nachos, chicken drummers and pakoras long after the band have finished their encores.
The main menu is packed with Scottish ingredients and the occasional groan-worthy joke. For example, the menu notes that their char grilled Scotch beef sirloin steak is the only food in history to be given a knighthood. The kitchen takes culinary inspiration from around the world so the starter selection includes calamari, tempura and nachos alongside a gateau of haggis, neeps and tatties.
Among the main courses, there are pastas and salads rubbing shoulders with chicken chilli noodles; steak and ale pies; blackened salmon fillets and the Moroccan spiced lamb gigot chop. Pride of place goes to the twenty-strong range of burgers. Options include the haggis burger; The Texan, topped with chilli, and the Greedy B - two burgers, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, two slices of bacon and two onion rings, all crowned with peppercorn sauce.
Up until 8pm, Maggie May’s welcomes young rockers with highchairs and a special menu.
Maggie Mays, 60 Trongate , Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 5EP