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St Andrews in the Square Pre-Theatre

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1 St Andrew's Square
Glasgow G1 5PP
+44 (0) 141 559 5902 (main)

st andrews in the square pre-theatre; fun merchant city nights
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Stately and refined, St Andrews in the Square makes one of the most unusual venues in Glasgow. In the buzzing Merchant City, it remains hidden from view, just off High Street.

Often host venue during larger festivals like Celtic Connections and Glasgow's world famous piping festival, grand concerts take place here all the time. St Andrews in the Square has many top restaurants and bars close by...

How would you like to make sure that your whole evening becomes a perfect success? Whether you're visiting Glasgow for the event in St Andrews in the Square, or a local, our thoughts here should help give you a lovely buzzing feeling, and lots of happy memories about your evening out.

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In the heart of the Merchant City, Your venue is surrounded by fab places for top pre-theatre dining. Which to choose? If you like energy and a strong vibe, check out these super restaurants.


  • Barca /Browse/Restaurant/Barca_Tapas_and_Cava_Bar(reveal best table deals?) proudly sits atop gorgeous Princes Square. Sitting in the concourse area, watching shoppers go about their business. Or opt for a table in the striking restaurant. Get stuck into those rich, garlic-laden tapas dishes, sharing them round. And don't forget this is a cava bar, when deciding on your drinks!
  • Arisaig /Browse/Restaurant/Arisaig_Restaurant(reveal best table deals?) brings fun to the Merchant City. And it can be found a short walk from St Andrews in the Square. Full of character and charm, its Scottish menu serves up dishes that are hard to beat. Mixing traditional styles with modern twists now and again, the results are fun - and delicious. Sitting in the square feels like outside, at any time of year - a huge added bonus for Arisaig diners.

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Romance calls for something tasteful and classic, don't you agree? Well, Merchant City is home to a couple of stunners where pre-theatre dining is the very best.


  • Across Candleriggs from City Halls entrance sits the tranquil City Merchant /Browse/Restaurant/City_Merchant(reveal best table deals?) . With a focus on Scottish fish and game, this place was one of the leading lights in the revival of Merchant City fortunes. And with good reason, it remains a local hot spot for those who know a good thing. Your St Andrews in the Square pre theatre dining will add to your evening out - guaranteed!
  • Younger than City Merchant, but no less impressive, is the delightful Gandolfi Fish /Browse/Restaurant/Gandolfi_Fish(reveal best table deals?) . As the name suggests, fish fills the menu. But not totally, keeping everyone happy. Service and presentation are slick and friendly. And diners have a view of City Halls stage door, letting them see all the comings and goings before the concert gets underway.

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If you feel the need to soar even higher, after the stirring St Andrews in the Square concert, Merchant City has got it covered.


  • It has been said that the beautiful people have made Brutti Ma Buoni (tel: +44 (0) 141 552 0001) their own. Who are we to argue with that? A lively vibe, great drinks, fabulous music and a pavement terrace make this one of the top Merchant City places to visit for a drink with an energetic crowd.
  • For an exciting spot in Merchant City, there's a hidden cafe under St Andrews in the Square. Cafe Source /Browse/Restaurant/Cafe_Source(reveal best table deals?) is a lively little spot to track down, and it sits happily, right underneath your venue...;-) With a few tables outside, you and your mates can have a great meal and a pint or two here, getting ready to rock at your concert...

refined city halls drinks...

glasgow fab cocktail choices at relaxed nights out

Deciding where to have a drink in the Merchant City can be a tricky business. There are so many bars and pubs to choose from - and you want to get it right. Yes?


  • From St Andrews in the Square, a stroll through Merchant City to Buchanan Street will take you to a secret lane - home to Bar Soba /Browse/Restaurant/Bar_Soba__Kitchen(reveal best table deals?) . Those in the know dart along this lane, in search of some of the best cocktails around. The music keeps toes tapping well into the night, too.
  • Citation (tel: +44 (0) 141 559 6799) has made its home in the old Sheriff Court Building. Making the most of its palatial size, sit in the large, grand bar, or outside during Summer. The pavement terrace is the perfect spot to relax in style with friends.

taking in a tourist attraction...

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Tourists have a busy time in Glasgow. There is so much culture to explore, so why not take the time to see some of it while you're in the city?


  • A short walk along Ingram Street takes you to Gallery of Modern Art . In fact, it faces you as you approach. What a stunning building. Often host to travelling exhibits, you never know quite what you'll discover here. And its totally free, just like all Glasgow museums. Perfect...

city centre snoozing...

glasgow lap of luxury at top class stays

There are several lovely city centre hotels worth checking out, if you're planning to stay over. Expect a warm welcome and a very comfy night or two.


  • On the Merchant City side of George Square, Ramada Jarvis Hotel http://www.laterooms.com/en/p8275/hotel-reservations/13240_ramada-hotel-glasgow.aspx(reveal best room deals?) offers value for money and a perfect place to explore the city (and visit St Andrews in the Square!) from.
  • Actually ON George Square, Millennium Hotel /Browse/Restaurant/Brasserie_on_George_Square(reveal best table deals?) http://www.laterooms.com/en/p8275/hotel-reservations/83721_millennium-hotel-glasgow-glasgow.aspx(reveal best room deals?) has perfect position sewn up with great service and a stylish building. Also on offer is their Brasserie on George Square, where diners can sit back, relax and watch the energy of Glasgow bustle on its way.

overnight on a budget...

glasgow comfort and style at budget stays

Glasgow knows how to look after every visitor - no matter the budget size. The city centre has beds to suit everyone...


  • Express by Holiday Inn Riverside http://www.laterooms.com/en/p8275/hotel-reservations/3189_express-by-holiday-inn-glasgow-city-riverside-glasgow.aspx(reveal best room deals?) overlooks the river Clyde. Not far from St Andrews in the Square, it welcomes guests for very comfy mid-range stylish stays in Glasgow city centre. Minimal chic meets a strong desire for perfect customer care - to great effect...
  • Merchant Lodge http://www.laterooms.com/en/p8275/hotel-reservations/149905_the-merchant-lodge-glasgow.aspx(reveal best room deals?) makes the perfect place to stay in the Merchant City on a budget. Housed in a striking restored building and hidden from view off Glassford Street, comfort and value nights are top of the list here.

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1 St Andrew's Square,
Glasgow G1 5PP
(nearest cross street:
Turnbull Street)

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Opening hours depend on actual event times. Food and drink times are for Cafe Source in the basement.

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Mo 12:00 - 23:00
Tu 12:00 - 23:00
We 12:00 - 23:00
Th 12:00 - 23:00
Fr 12:00 - 24:00
Sa 12:00 - 24:00
Su 12:00 - 23:00


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Mo 12:00 - 23:00
Tu 12:00 - 23:00
We 12:00 - 23:00
Th 12:00 - 23:00
Fr 12:00 - 24:00
Sa 12:00 - 24:00
Su 12:00 - 23:00


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