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Laboratorio Espresso, West Nile Street, Glasgow

Laboratorio Espresso, West Nile Street, Glasgow

Laboratorio Espresso

The single shot

A slice of Milan in the heart of Glasgow.

Laboratorio Espresso, 93 West Nile Street, Glasgow G2 1RW. Map »

Tel 0141 353 1111
Email info@laboratorioespresso.com
Web www.laboratorioespresso.com
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Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm
Sat 9am-4.30pm
Sun 11am-4.30pm

Coffee has never been more stylish.

An apology, to start with.

This is a review that should probably have been written around a year ago. That’s how long I’ve been popping round behind Buchanan Street to stop in at Laboratorio Espresso.

As sadly happens all too often, life got in the way; and then, when finally I sat down to write this, Lab’s building got plastered in scaffolding. I’ll blame the fact that meant I couldn’t take a picture for the latest delay.

Anyway, no matter. We’re here now. And here is something of a gem. The wait (to pretend there was some logic behind it) also allowed me to establish that one of my fears for Lab was pretty much unfounded.

Based in an ultra-modern building on West Nile Street, I feared that being just that bit off the beaten track would cause problems for these guys. The fact that every time I walk up and down that street it’s a building site, I worried, wouldn’t help either.

Shows what I know.

I should have learned by now that great coffee will attract the customers. And that’s definitely what’s on offer here.

This is a proper espresso bar. It’s pretty tiny, with just over a dozen seats, meaning that wherever you sit you can always watch the world go by outside. (If you’re feeling brave, you can sit outside too – as long as you keep an eye on the Glasgow skies.)

The guys here are aiming to bring an authentic Milanese-style espresso bar to Scotland, and you feel that type of vibe – this is a more Italian style coffee spot than most of them over here, perfectly designed for a quick shot before you head on elsewhere. And it’s an architectural gem as well as a coffee one – concrete walls, salvaged wood and a soaring ceiling have so far seen Lab’s minimalist interior nominated for two architectural awards.

But back to why I was there – the coffee. Fresh from Glasgow’s own Dear Green roastery, I’m always more than happy to get a flat white from these guys – nicely textured and well flavoured, made by friendly and knowledge staff, and pretty much bang on the money price-wise at £2.30.

There’s a whole range of Italian-style snack goodies as well, though my boring continuing healthy-living kick has prevented me from experimenting with these yet. The bar has a small selection of sandwiches on offer, too.

It’s always nice to find somewhere that does things a bit differently. Especially when it does it really well. The Lab, it seems, is thriving – long may it continue.

Comments: 2 (Add)

Alex on May 16 2015 at 14:42

I walked a mile, it looked like exactly what I wanted, but it's the size of a postage stamp, and it was completely full. Sad end to the tale, I'm afraid.

Chipale on January 10 2016 at 10:04

Wonderful Cortado on a bleak Saturday afternoon. Best one I have had (outside of Spain!)

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