Where to Celebrate Vegan Burns Night in Glasgow in 2018

Do you love the songs and poems of Scotland's National bard, Robert Burns? Or do you simply love the tradition of a proper haggis supper at this time of the year? Being vegan doesn't mean you can't celebrate Burns Night, and here are some vegan Burns Night celebrations in Glasgow to prove it!

When it comes to Burns Night, it can be hard to even imagine being included as a vegan. Yes, there is vegan haggis available more or less at any supermarket, but meat is so much part of this annual Scottish tradition, that many restaurants will not be able to accommodate vegans in the same way as their omni customers.

There are many different ways to celebrate Burns Night, varying from more traditional events with poem recitations and bagpipe music, to alternative stagings with different approaches towards Burns' poetry and songs, to those that simply concentrate on the food without any frills.

One thing is for sure though, a real Burns Supper needs some haggis - and that wants to be properly addressed!

Luckily, there are a few events that make it possible to celebrate vegan Burns Night in Glasgow. Below you can find a few options to choose from.

If you know of any more vegan Burns events in Glasgow, get in touch, and I'll add them to the list!


Burns Night at the Gilchrist Club @ University of Glasgow

The Gilchrist Club is a cafe and bar venue mostly geared towards the postgraduate students and staff at the University of Glasgow. The annual Burns Night celebrations include entertainment, bagpipes and of course food and whisky.

Vegans can be accommodated if they contact the Club in advance:

"If you require a veggie/vegan option please email gilchristpgclub@src.gla.ac.uk by 12noon on the 24th of January, otherwise we cannot guaruntee to accomodate your request."

25 January 2018
Price: £9 + £2.95 VAT, Get tickets here.

Gie Her A Haggis @ The Hug & Pint

In collaboration with Hen of the Woods, the popular vegan West End pub The Hug & Pint offers a three-course Burns Supper paired with complimentary whisky. On the menu they have:

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Miso & Crisps
Shiitake & Brown Lentil Haggis, Smoked Mash, Turnip & Vanilla Purée, Whisky & Mustard Sauce
Candied Coconut Cranachan, Dried Raspberries

There is no entertainment to accompany the meal, but you could get a ticket for the Celtic Conections gig happening downstairs on the same night.

25 January 2018
Price: £24.95 + £2.50 booking fee, Get tickets here.

Boab's Vegan BBQ @ Nice'n'Sleazy

A different kind of Burns Night. Nice'n'Sleazy is hosting a Burns Night "for skint punks" with music from Cosmic Friends, 13 Minute Dungeon (feat. George of Gendo Ikari), Bloke Music, Insufferable, Droves and Eagertongue.

Food-wise there will be BBQ Seitan on fresh bread!

Price £5 (at door); More info here.

Vegan Burns Supper Menu @ Red Onion

The Red Onion is offering a special vegan Burns Supper menu - three courses plus a dram or a glass of their own vegan-friendly Quigley’s Red Ale! On the menu are:

Scotch Broth
Haggis, Neeps, Crispy Kale & Tatties
Raspberry and apple crumble

25 - 28 January 2018
Price: £20, Make a reservation via email or phone (0141 221 6000)

Herland: Alter Native Burns @ Glasgow Women's Library

Glasgow Women's Library is hosting an alternative Burns Night with delicious food with reenactments of suffragettes arson attempts on Burn’s cottage, Urdu recitations of his poems and lots of Gothic humour.

The vegetarian menu will be served street food style and includes lentil soup, haggis falafel and chocoloate mousse and vegan options are available:

"The menu is vegetarian. Please let us know when you book if you require vegan or gluten free options."

The outfit theme is: Feathers, Heathers, Ferns and Burns.

26 January 2018
Price: £22, Get ticket here.

Vegeteria Vegan Pop Up @ Kinning Park Complex

Not a Burns Supper per se, but as it's happening around the same time I'v included it on this list anyways.

The Vegeteria hosts a 4-course vegan pop up dinner at Kinning Park Complex in collaboration with Scene Alba Magazine. Money raised will go to the local charity Starter Packs Glasgow.

26 January 2018
Price: £17.50, BYO, Get tickets here.

Vegan Burns Supper : Community Meal @ The Space

This vegan Burns Night is offered at The Living Room at The Space and celebrates the bard with haggis, poetry and live music.

Additionally, the Waste not Want team from Kinning Park Complex will be there discussing food sustainability in Glasgow and helping the local community design an actual map of their shared knowledge. 

The meal is offered at Pay What You Want. 

Price: PWYW, Get tickets here.

VeGin does Burns Supper @ Ocho

VeGin is hosting two special vegan Burns Suppers across the weekend after the actual Burns Night. There will be a three-course vegan dinner curated by Chef Mark Donald Macleod and some great cocktails.

On the cocktail menu there are Whisky Sour, Nettle Gin Sour or simply a dram, as well as a variety of non-alcoholic cocktails for anyone who's doing Dry January.

27-28 January 2018
Price: £20, Get tickets here.

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