The understated elegance of Urban Bar & Brasserie makes it easy to imagine its previous life as the the headquarters of the Bank of England. Bang in the middle of Glasgow’s City Centre and close to Queen Street Railway Station and Buchanan Underground Station the entrance is impressive and a little imposing, but the staff are welcoming and the restaurant offers laid back fine dining at its best.
Inside the decor is all polished wood floors, dark furniture and comfortable black leather banquettes, complimented by original features like wood panelling and the illuminated Art Deco skylight, which gives a nice diffused natural light. The long white aprons and waistcoats worn by the staff and little lamps on the tables create that Parisian bistro feel.
The Head Chef David Clunas and his team in the kitchen create a classic dishes, amped up with contemporary touches. The menu changes regularly with a strong emphasis on seasonality and where possible they like to make use of locally sourced produce. Everything is prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail and as much love goes into their burger as their more elaborate dishes.
If you have a special event their private dining area The Boardroom is an impressive venue for up to 20 people, or for drinks and canapes the Oak Room is ideal. If you have something grander in mind you can book exclusive use of the entire venue for up to 140 people.
Urban Bar & Brasserie, 23/25 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DT