Tucked away in the Southside of Glasgow, The Bungo Bar and Kitchen offers chic casual dining for couples, friends, students, families and best of all dogs!
The Bungo is part of a successful trio including The Left Bank in Glasgow’s West End and The Two Figs on Byres Road.
Opening in 2011, this trendy bar and kitchen is tucked away on Nithsdale Road, South of the River Clyde. Its location is an unusual choice for an establishment with a West End vibe, however this hasn’t deterred customers, with the bar area and booths packed upon our arrival.
There is a friendly buzz in the air; laughter and chatter flowing freely, food and drinks zipping past and the aroma of fresh cooking coming from the kitchen. This is definitely an upscale venue, with an eloquent mix of customers. Already, a few dogs are sprinkled amongst the booths, quietly enjoying treats or a nap on the floor.
We are seated very quickly in an open booth area, and Holly is promptly brought water and dog food before our order is taken by an attentive member of staff.
The decor is rustic chic; a palette of browns and greens. The booth area is a combination of sumptuous
brown leather and thick green cushioning, comfortable and at a perfect height for the wooden pub-like tables. Wooden picnic-esque tables lining the window, exposed stone walls and baskets of fruit adorning the bar, manage to create the atmosphere of a country club bar.
This minimalist decor is perfect for the upscale dining and cocktails served daily until 10pm, and provides a great escape from the not-so-fancy industrial-era buildings less than a minutes walk from this contemporary retreat.
The long and very-busy bar is the only modern looking addition to The Bungo.
Freshly made, intricate cocktails were continuously mixed during our visit and a plethora of brands were on show for customers to choose.
The stainless steel bar top provided the modern touch, but sitting up at the bar on a sunny day sipping mint and honey daiquiris would soon make you forget your were in Glasgow’s South side.
Bar staff were quick and efficient, sending out drink orders as quickly as they came in.
Our fresh food arrives, causing a greedy Holly to jump onto the seat as if awaiting a napkin to be tied around her. The portions are perfectly sized, the food is delicious and the prices are affordable.
We were encouraged by staff to relax and enjoy drinks after our meal, which came as a lovely surprise!
This refreshing attitude is a stark comparison to many an establishment who want you out to get the next lot in as soon as your fork hits the plate.
The Bungo also has a separate function room available for hire, and plays host to events from acoustic gigs to stand up. Children are also welcome until 8pm and the extensive menu will have something to suit everyone including small snacks starting from £2.75.
Drinks are a little more pricey, and will beef up your bill, so go easy if you are dining on a budget.
We had a lovely afternoon, and even if you don’t have a dog, we would recommend you pop by.
Our recommendation: Lemongrass Thai Fishcakes with a Lime and Chilli Dip (£5.95)
& a refreshing iced lemon tea.