I remember falling in love with this little venue in Glasgow as soon as I stepped inside. The blue green exterior design and glowing amber lights made me think of a ship in a fantasy film, or an old-fashioned apothecary. Inside Kothel is just as captivating and beautiful – with a shabby-chic interior style, the cafe (despite not actually selling alcohol), is decorated with old-school wine bottles and wooden boxes. The lighting system is rigged together by a series of metal pipes, cleverly concealing loose wires but also making the grids visually attractive.
Against one wall there are tall stacks of vintage suitcases, and a wall concealed by ancient books.
They store chillies and garlic in jars and in netting bags, contributing to the grunge-ish, rustic delicatessen atmosphere.
They sell lovely tea, and while the venue is a little on the expensive side, it is evident why it is a popular stop-off for writers, artists and other creatives, or just folk looking for a slightly different environment. I thoroughly enjoy coming here as the venue gives me artistic inspiration, the food is tasty and unique, and everyone who works there is lovely and so polite. Definitely a nice treat on a cold Sunday afternoon.