Dinner and a gig
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair
This was my first visit to this venue as a wheelchair user. Having read a bad review els where I was a little concerned however I need not have been. The food was good and the band even better! I will definitely be back.
Transport & Parking
I had no difficulty parking near to venue. There is a disabled bay across the road outside the entrance to the Botanic Gardens on Queen Margaret Drive and two bays outside the library on Byres Road a short distance away. However you have to bear in mind this was a Sunday evening in a very busy park of the city.
The venues' website states to use the Brasserie entrance on Great Western Road. A member of staff came over immediately and directed us to the lift which took us up to the main bar where we had booked a table. The lift was big enough for me and 3 friends and was easy to get in and out of. Once in the main bar we were shown to our table. I could actually get my legs under and sit at it comfortably to eat which is a unusual in my recent experiences of eating out. After our dinner the waiting staff contacted the security for the music venue in the basement of the building who saw us to the lift and down into the basement. He also checked our tickets saving us having to get into the queue at the main entrance. Unfortunately there are 3 steps up the bar but the rest of the area is level. Should you smoke there is a step out to the smoking area but security were more than happy to take us up in the lift to the original entrance any time we wanted. Go early if you want a choice of viewing areas for the band particularily if you want to be at the front for an unobstructed view. The venue is quite small and has seated areas on either side.
There are two accessible loos, one on the second floor that I didn't visit and one in the basement as you come out of the lift before going through a security door into the music venue. The loo door was okay to open, not too heavy and there was plenty of space to maneuver the chair around. There were grab handles with a drop down one next to the loo. It was reasonably clean, the soap and paper dispensers were full.
All of the staff were helpful, polite and friendly. I cannot fault them in anyway.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
I would recommend other wheelchair users to go out have a meal and see a band at this venue. Oran Mor is a deconsecrated church and has been sympathetically renovated lots of dark wood and stained glass. They have made a good effort at making this old building accessible, the surroundings plus the helpful attitude make for a relaxed night out.