The Flying Duck

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142 Renfield St, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3AU

Must be 18+ years old to enter. Late night lo-fi bar, diner & event space with regular gigs, events, board games and generally all round good vibes. Enter through the back door. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm. Kitchen hours - bar stays open later.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Fast food, Beer/Wine, British

55 Reviews

First Review by janetp

Great quick food and cool atmosphere - Edit

So happy I finally got to try this place. I knew I’d like it as soon as I saw their sign explaining their No Straws policy!
Really yummy vegan bratwurst hot dawgs and the selection of beers is good too.

Pros: Hot dawgs!, Friendly people, Great atmosphere

Cons: Seating could be cosier , No good ale on tap, Not locally sourced

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Best vegan pub food in Glasgow - Edit

Best range and taste, from burgers, to dogs, even pastas. Great deals too - nothing better than a Big Kahuna burger and beer and their mac 'n' cheese is awesome.

Staff are often a bit to cool for school, the wi-fi's usually rubbish (it's downstairs so no signal) and the place can be a bit chilly sometimes, but definitely tolerable for the food.

Pros: Excellent food and range of drinks, Decent deals

Cons: Bit chilly at times, Little/no wi-fi or signal

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Great pub grub. - Edit

on my first visit i left unhappy as it was closed when it shouldn't have been. oh but i went to the front door, fool?

you have to look for the back door to get in. visited last week and was one of only two people in at lunchtime. still a mellow vibe was enjoyed with good music and a great lunch. the menu is limited and really pub snack food. the vegan nachos were good but the wedges were a bit oily.

there is a good selection of drinks and if you go knowing its pub food you wont be disappointed.

a visit in the evening gave a whole new feel to the flying duck for me, mainly because it was busy. had a good vibe the food is vegan pub food, but the burger felt home made and was pretty tasty. there was some live music on, and an evening visit is really worth it.

Had the Kahuna burger tonight with everything on it, huge! If you can eat one of these without a bib you a genius.
Philly cheese steak tonight, thought I was gonna have a heart attack, but in a good way.
Brooklyn burger, dirty and spicy. Yum

Pros: staff, music, 100%

Cons: Expensive beer

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tasty American diner- type food - Edit

If you want hot dogs, mac and cheese and burgers- this is your place. A cosy basement. I bet is an awesome bar and venue.

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greasy food place - Edit

If you want greasy, vegan food this is the place to go. The Mac and cheese was yummy, as was the chilli chips with cheese. The southern fried tofu was replaced with tempeh, which really didn't go, as the tempeh overpowered the taste. Would love to see a couple of healthy options to offset the pub grub too. Dog friendly too, which is something you wouldn't see in an Aussie pub.

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Hidden gem with tonnes of choice - Edit

Great location for a post-movie meal as it's so close to cineworld. Amazing variety of choices on the menu, including BBQ Jackfruit tacos, donner meat and chips, and fab vegan cocktails such as a white russians. They also had a special xmas menu which sounded fabulous. The service was really friendly and helpful and the place is very hipster cool, reminiscent of my other favorite places like Sleazys and the 13th note.

Pros: generous servings , loads of exciting choices, good service

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Exceeds all reviews and expectations - Edit

Although seemingly intimidating and downstairs in the dark, this gem is somewhere you can spend hours (and not too much money - cocktails for £4ish!). Food is exceptional - wide range of vegan burgers, hotdogs and great alcoholic shakes too. Cosy and safe-feeling with friendly staff and plenty of space. Board games, books and lots of events. Absolute safe space - feelings of empowerment and acceptance. ❤️

Pros: Stunning vegan diner food, Cheap drinks, Great vibe

Cons: So popular, may be out of some ingredients by nigh

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Just awful. Rude and interested staff - Edit

Visited today with my partner and it’s got to be one of the worse places I’ve ever been to. I dislike leaving negative reviews but this place was such a let down.
Visited after reading the many positive reviews on here, however on arrival the staff were very rude and uninterested. With it being my first time here I wasn’t sure if it was table service or not. After standing at the bar with staff walking past us I finally spoke to a long haired gentleman who told me to “grab a seat then order here”.
We eventually ordered a starter and a main course each and were surprised that they brought our soup and our main courses at the exact same time! I had a “tofu sizzler which was just a few cubes of tofu and lettuce with mayo on a baguette style bread. My partner had a hotdog which wasn’t edible at all, it had the most awful flavour to it. The soup was meant to be sweet potato & red pepper but all you could taste was salt!
The decor is very dark and dingy and you don’t get the impression the place is very clean.
I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone especially considered the many other great vegan restaurants/bars near by.

Pros: central

Cons: too many to list

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LOVE it - Edit

Awesome menu with so many choices!!! The bar also has some interesting drinks (like organic chocolate stout!!!) and the music venue is cute with a small bar inside. Would definitely recommend!

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Vegan junk done well - Edit

The Brooklyn burger, Poutine fries and a pint were the perfect hangover cure.
Lots of options, cool venue and a food coma guaranteed. Vegan junk food done right!

Pros: Student discount

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Loved it! - Edit

Food was super delicious. Nice staff and cool location.

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Best burgers I've ever eaten - Edit

The Flying Duck offers a terrific vegan junk food. I've never eaten burgers and hot dogs so amazing. Definitely one of my favourite places in the world. I've eaten here twice with a non vegetarian friend and he completely shares my opinion! You have an infinite choice of burgers because you can add or remove ingredients, their hot dogs are great, so is their banana split. The staff is friendly, portions are generous and prices are low. Moreover, the place has good vibes. I will come back here for sure.

Pros: 100% vegan, delicious burgers, huge choice, nice vibes, affordable, generous portions, friendly staff

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Flying Duck! - Edit

This was the first place we ate when we came to Glasgow. It was a fun underground experience in a nice neighborhood. It is seat yourself and you order from the bar. The menu is amazing with so many vegan options. We ordered the Philly cheesesteak, macaroni and cheeze and the seitan burger. All of the items were great. Only complaint is that the food is greasy. Back in the states the vegan cheeze is a sauce on most of these items...avoiding the grease. The service was great and we were just happy to find a 100% vegan place close to our AirB &B.

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Great Burgers! - Edit

Always enjoy my food here. They have an interesting menu of mostly 'pub grub' type food - various burgers etc and great sides, like mac n cheeze and BBQ pulled jackfruit. They also do vegan white Russians, which are lovely!

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favourite vegan restaurant - Edit

This is by far my favourite vegan restaurant, love the food and the atmosphere!

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great venue - service needs improving - Edit

This was top on my list on my visit to Glasgow. It's a very trendy place and somewhere you get that vibe of if you don't know what you're doing then leave. Obviously it was my first visit so I didn't know how things work and did feel a little intimidated. The menu is amazing, really great options. The service definitely needs improving/adjusting. Nobody greeted us as we arrived even though they could see us struggling to figure out if we seat ourselves or wait. When we ordered at the bar we wanted to pay but were told three times 'it's on the table' whatever that means. And our drinks came after we had finished our food with no apology or explanation.

Pros: 100% vegan, cool decor & music

Cons: lack of customer service , not a very friendly atmosphere, slow drinks

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Underwhelming - Edit

Was really excited to try this place and we had planned to go after going to the cinema nearby, but our movie was sold out so we just headed here. This place has the coolest vibes ever - underground, divey, punky, kind of a beer hall vibe at times. Really cool.

Unfortunately the food was really not that great. I'm surprised that it seems like I'm the only one that has this opinion out of all these other glowing reviews, but both my partner and I were disappointed and left hungry. We got the chili cheese dawg and there was barely any chili on it and the cheese was just kind of sprinkled on, not even melted. The bun was also stale and not AT ALL a pretzel bun as advertised. It was just a normal bun that was the color of a pretzel bun.

I got the tempeh sub and it was also just blah. Cole slaw was good and homemade though - probably the best part. We were still hungry at the end and pretty let down. Perhaps their burgers are better.

Pros: Atmosphere!!, Location

Cons: Food

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lovely stuff! - Edit

Great find - lovely tasty food and beers. Lots of burger options and lots of good sides. Good value. They often run out of stuff though (fries and seitan patties), so pick a few options before you go to the till.

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19/06/17 - Edit

Wow, loved this place. Despite its convenient location right in the city centre it's tucked away but well worth seeking out.

Cool basement interior and looks as though the open space doubles up as a gig venue during the evenings. Friendly staff and great tunes playing in the background. The menu is mainly vegan junk food but don't let that put you off as it all looks and sounds fantastic.

I tried the char sui spring onion ramen which was so flavoursome and a side of BBQ jackfruit which was equally delicious. Wide variety of alcohol with various offers if you're making a night of it, also everything is very reasonably priced which makes a refreshing change for a city-centre vegan restaurant!

I will definitely be coming back here very soon!

Pros: Great food, fun menu, Love the interior and atmosphere, Well-priced

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Pub club grub - Edit

Tasty food, good if you miss junk food like hot dogs, burgers and cheese.

All is 100% non animal ingredients, including drinks.

Informal underground (literally) atmosphere, good choice of drinks, nice staff, central location.

It's a bit too dark for my liking and some dishes are served on a silly plastic baskets with a paper lining, I always end up making a mess and eating half of the paper, but that doesn't put me off coming back.

Update: I came in today in a break between my cinema marathon (discount with cinema ticket too) and I I had macaroni and cheese to see what is all the fuss about, it was the best one I've ever had, the tempeh facon (extra topping) was particularly delicious.
Last but not least, people working there are always super nice.

Pros: 20% discount with cinema ticket, Books to read if you're alone and bored, Central location

Cons: Too dark for my liking , Plastic baskets instead of plates

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Kale kale kale! - Edit

The kale side is delicious, my very carnivorous boyfriend also loved it! The alcoholic milkshakes are expensive but really tasty. I got a cheese steak philly which was really greasy but amazing!

Pros: Kale, Vegan, Atmosphere

Cons: Nothing

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great food - Edit

I was gutted when I came and they were out of mac and cheese, but the Philly sub was amazing, as was the side of jackfruit that I got. Their cocktails are good too, as is the general drinks selection. Atmosphere a little dry because the space is so big. Nice staff

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Mad Dawgs and Vegans - Edit

I've visited twice here this year and absolutely love the place. Everything is vegan including all drinks and the atmosphere is cool with nice, friendly staff. If junk food is your craving then look no further than The Flying Duck, as they have a great menu selection of burgers, dawgs, tacos, burritos to name a few. The use of tofu and seitan is aplenty here and you could literally work your way through the menu on each visit, there are so many options to choose from. They also offer some cool looking shakes and desserts, although we are yet to sample these. On our first visit we ordered the currywurst and mac cheese burrito with skinny fries, salad and dips, proper dirrrty junk food and both were fantastic. The mac cheese burrito was surreal. This was washed down with a beautiful pint of smoked porter beer and grapefruit wheat beer. On our most recent visit we ordered the BBQ jackfruit tacos and mad dawg served with fries, salad and slaw. The tacos were delicious especially the BBQ sauce and the dawg was pretty good too, although the dawg could have had a bit more topping considering the price of it. As we had student cards we also got 20% discount off the food bill, which is great and more restaurants should offer this. Definitely a must visit if you're in Glasgow.

Pros: Excellent food and drinks, Cool vibe and friendly staff, Student discount

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Yum! - Edit

I had the macaroni cheese, it was delightful. The milkshake was not as thick as I would have liked. Interesting basement location with lots of tables for dining. Others in my party had the Zero to Hero burger, and the Seitan Worshipper burger. They totally loved them

20% student discount on food
20% discount on production of a cinema ticket


Updated from previous review on 2017-05-09

Pros: All vegan, Satisfying diner style food, 20% student discount on food

Cons: In a basement on a sunny day

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Best vegan burger ever - Edit

הגענו מישראל וחיפשנו מסעדה טבעונית, הגענו ל Flying duck ונהננו מאוד מהאווירה, מקום נעים ומזמין, מרוהט בפשטות, תחושה שהגענו הביתה, מלצרית חמודה המליצה לנו על מנת ההמבורגר שהייתה פשוט מעולה, כל התפריט טבעוני כולל הגבינות, מחירים סבירים לחלוטין. שווה להגיע, ברור שנמליץ, תודה (:

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soooooo goooood - Edit

The Mac and cheese burrito is the best. Super nice staff. Great music. Love this place.

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YUM MACARRITO!! - Edit

The Flying Duck serves delicious tasty food in a cool atmosphere.
I went for dinner with a friend (following a recommendation) and we highly enjoyed! We shared the jackfruit tacos and the macarrito. The tacos were very nice but the macarrito was just out of this world!! I have never been very keen on macarroni (vegan or not) so I was blown away by the flavour! The banana shake was also yum. If I had more days in Glasgow I'd go back again for sure!

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