“ Address: 20-28 Renfield Lane / Glasgow G2 6PH / Scotland „
The new Stereo is nothing like the old Stereo which was a bit dark and dingy to be fair. Tucked down a random wee lane in the centre of town it's a great escape from the crowds on a Saturday afternoon. This is a great place to chill out with friends and grab a bite to eat. The food is always awesome and they always have something new and interesting on the menu to choose from. My recommendation would be to try the veggie haggis fritters with home made chips, mushy peas and pickles onions! The laid back service can be a bit too laid back sometimes if you know what I mean, so don't go there if you are in a rush.
There is a surprisingly large venue down stairs and I have been to some great gigs there. My only word of caution is that I have been to a couple of bad club nights there too, so make sure the DJ suits your taste before you pay to get in.
Glasgow is the only city in Britain to have a substantial central area laid out on an American style grid. Arriving at Central Station, a visitor to Glasgow can easily squint his or her eyes and feel the same bustle and vibe from the bustling city streets that run parallel to each other with broad intersections that offer long vistas through the city centre.
Just a few hundred yards from Central station is an even more atmospheric back alley - you might expect a police car to come bouncing down here, clipping dumpsters and crashing through handy piles of empty boxes. But in reality it's much more tranquil, and home to one of Glasgow's best little café bars and live music venues. Find it running east-west between Renfield and Hope Streets, through the block just north of Central station.
Downstairs is the venue, and upstairs at street level is a bright, spacious old warehouse space. There's bottled and draught beer and good coffee, but the real deal here is the food. Stereo (sister to Mono in the southern fringes of the Merchant City) has a great menu of fresh and wholesome food. No animal ingredients are used, and all the bread and flatbreads are made fresh daily. I keep meaning to be in the city early enough to try the breakfast burrito or tofu scramble, but my favourites are the warming soups (there are two to choose from every day) and hefty sandwiches, including
my favourite, the wheatball: bulgur and bean balls with tomato sauce and veggie cheese. Others include the VLT, with tempeh rashers, plum tomatoes, crisp leaves and mayonnaise; and the Greek sandwich with avocado, houmous, olives and salad. Soup of the day costs £2.95, or have it with a sandwich for £4.95. The warm salads are also well proportioned and tasty.
I can't recommend any deserts, because I'm always stuffed with soup and a sandwich for under a fiver. I can't think of a better place for an organic, freshly prepared lunch in the centre of Glasgow.
Cafe bar venue.