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. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm. Kitchen hours - bar stays open later.

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

Reviews (41)

First Review by janetp

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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amazing - Edit

100% vegan and cheap too, very tasty i always go for the macaroni

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Favourite lunch place during Glasgow stay - Edit

We found this little gem on Happy Cow & sought it out. Hidden entrance down the stairs the suddenly a spacious cafe, bar, performance space. As previously mentioned delicious mac 'n' cheese and pecan brownie. Great atmosphere & check out hilarious graffiti in the ladies!!

Pros: Quirky surroundings, great comfort food.

Cons: Quite difficult to locate

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Place to go - Edit

I spent 3 days in Glasgow and ate ther every single day! If you love junk food as much as I do it is the place to go. It's not far from train and bus station, close to shopping area, a must.

Pros: taste the mac and cheese

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yummy - Edit

Had a great lunch, friendly staff, would definitely go back ?

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delightfully dirty lunch - Edit

A great find! I prefer to eat organic, local and largely raw food but everyone has a weakness for something a little or a lot outside of these parameters . This is the place to go to get your fix and the chef actually cares!!!!! I had the bbq jackfruit tacos which was absolutely delicious and sprinkled with grated "cheese" that would fool anyone. My carnivorous food loving brother had the satay ramen which in his words was " outstanding!" . They let me have a cheeky taste of their Mac and cheese which seems to be the highlight in all the reviews and yes, i can see how it has earned its praise. If you're trying to encourage a vegan sceptic you will certainly be able to win them over by "selling" them the very good selection of beers ales, ipa's and lagers.

It's so great that it is so hidden away , it feels like it's a little secret spot. I can't say what it's like at night ... It closes at 3am so it may be another secret place not for those seeking vegan food but for those who want to enjoy themselves at a great venue.

I will be visiting this place again soon!

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Good lunch & drinks spot - Edit

Great place to stop for lunch. The food was delicious and wholesome. Fantastic drink selection as well. Very reasonably priced and even offer a 20% student discount. Highly recommend.

Pros: All Vegan, Nice Drink Selection, Seasonal Specials & Events

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Fantastic - Edit

I'm not going to tire anyones eyes or brains by posting a lengthy, novel-esque review so here it is:
Food and drink were fantastic! I had the macarrito, or a macaroni & cheese burrito, while the other members of my group had seasonal specials or a chili cheese dog. All were delicious and worth what seemed like a long wait (we had a group of five with lots of food ordered so this may vary for each experience)
Go here, just do it.

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? - Edit

Was my first meal in Glasgow and I don't want to eat any where else! Easy burgers and generous salads and fries on the side. Staff were all super friendly and made me feel welcome, ended up staying the afternoon drinking coffee and tapping away on me laptop. Real good music too, bit of tom waits to set the scene!

Pros: burgers, service, music

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Love it - Edit

It has the best burger I ever had in my entire life, zero to hero is the one to go for. I am coming back to have it again and back again for the dawgs :)Depending on when you go, some staff are super very friendly, others just normal.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-27

Pros: Amazing menu, very interesting vibe

Cons: they should open one in bristol :)

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Great vegan junk food + milkshakes - Edit

Flying Duck is one of my favourite places and holds some great memories for me. They have a Big Vegan Fete once a month - usually on the second Saturday (but this Dec it's the third Sat, the 17th) - which I think has helped a lot in making veganism grow in Glasgow and promoting local vegan businesses run by vegans.

Weirdly, I've had a bit of unfortunate luck lately with happening to be in there twice in a row in the space of a month with minor catastrophes occurring - staff shortages and sicknesses, apparently a chef having an accident, food running out, some wideoes refusing to leave my pre-booked table for a vegan meetup... but usually there's no problem: great service and tasty food.

Generally I don't have a huge issue with food being in red baskets lined with paper, but they are not good with moist foods, when you cut into the dish and it starts to mesh with the paper.

On preference I'm not that keen on the texture of their seitan burgers, but I love their cheesesteak and their tofu subs. Their chips are a bit of a necessary add on rather than them being a dish I'd order on their own - I prefer wedges or handcut chips to skinny fries. Their macarritto - mac and cheese in a wrap - is inspired.

Their milkshakes are really, really good and I think have set a bit of a standard in being something vegans rate quite highly in terms of attractive vegan items offered by vegan and non-vegan establishments.

It's dog friendly, but due to their licence it's strictly no under 18s.

I love with it being off the main road you can often get a table easily on a weekend afternoon; unlike other vegan places in town it's a bit less of a place people will sit for hours with a laptop, or go for post-work wine, and more couple and groups.

Pros: Dog friendly, Good service, Great vegan junk food

Cons: Moist food on paper

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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.

Updated from previous review on 2014-11-24

Pros: staff, music, All vegan

Cons: Expensive beer

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Good vegan bar food - Edit

One of the first stops on my trip in Glasgow. Had a lot of yummy vegan junk food and a good beer selection. Gave me a very "Berlin" vibe. Definitely not healthy, but if you are craving that yummy, greasy stuff, this is a place to go.

Pros: Good food, Nice staff

Cons: Loud

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Fantastic vegan junk food - with a great atmosphere. - Edit

I ordered the "Big Dawg", a side of macaroni cheeze and a vanilla shake.

It arrived surprisingly fast, and the portions were pretty big, and very tasty! It's the place to go if you're after some good ol' vegan junk food - not so much if you'd want a healthy option though!

Pros: Full vegan menu, Very quick service

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best junk food - Edit

Wonderful selection of vegan junk food and definitely something for everybody. Visited several times with my partner who is neither vegan nor vegetarian and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Only downside for me is that on occasion what I have wanted to order has been out of stock i.e. Chips, mash, chile only to name a few, however we where always compensated with nachos

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Vegan Pub - Edit

Good food but if you are not looking for a healthy options.

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