The Bullring


Hours of Operation

Open all Summer

  • Monday- Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Contact Information

  • General Manager Katrina Lindsay:
  • Telephone: 519-824-4120 x 58115
  • Location: 107 Trent Lane (main entrances are across from Rozanski and off Winegard Walk)

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With over 114 years under its belt, the Bullring is the coolest student space on campus.  

Situated in the heart of the University of Guelph campus, this renovated cattle ring has been turned into a fully licensed café, complete with comfy couches, fair trade, organic coffee and a diverse affordable menu served by friendly student staff.  The Bullring is a perfect place to grab a bite to eat, crack open a book or chill between classes.

Cozy, shabby chic, hipster, homey - call it what you will, we are Your On-Campus Living Room.  Come on in and enjoy the music, the delicious food and a cup of our fair-trade coffee.   See you soon!


The Bullring, built in 1903, was originally called the “Judging Pavilion” and used for livestock auctions and shows. Cattle entered the building from the entrance that now faces Winegard Walk.  At the time, what is now known as the University of Guelph, did not exist; the campus was composed of the Ontario Agriculture College, the MacDonald Institute and experimental farm fields.  The Ontario Veterinary College became the third institution to join the campus in 1922.

Around 1970, four years after the University of Guelph was established, the Bullring was converted into a campus pub.  Through the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, the Bullring was among the U of G students' favourite watering holes.  In 2002, due to dwindling sales, the Bullring closed and planning began for its transition.  In the summer of 2003, construction began with the goal of converting it into a coffee pub.  Although most of the interior was gutted, the original interior walls, steam radiators, windows and unique round ceiling remain.  Its turn of the century architecture, and the knowledge that students have passed through here for more than 100 years, lends a unique feel to the Bullring; it’s like no other place on campus.

In October 2003, the Bullring opened to the public as a furnished, licensed coffee shop with a full menu.  Today, the Bullring employs over 40 part time staff who are also students here at the U of G.  The Bullring offers a wide range of products and services including a diverse menu, live music, open stage,  microwave, ATM services and Fair Trade coffee and tea.  Although we do have great food, you can bring your bag lunch, and come and chill without buying a thing.



Compost Program

For years we have been working with the sustainability office here on campus with our composting program.  All our kitchen veggie scraps are diverted to our on-site composter located adjacent to the patio.

Our coffee grounds are diverted to the Guelph Urban Organic Garden (GUOC) located on the UofG Campus


China Plates, flatware and cups

We’ll do the dishes!  - Stay and enjoy your lunch and use our reusable plates & cutlery


Compostable Take out containers & cutlery and Paper Straws

If you really can’t stay, the Bullring offers compostable take out containers & potato starch cutlery.


Borrow a Reusable Mug & Return it at your leisure/Bring Your Own Mug

Bring your own reusable mug (up to 20oz) and only pay for a small coffee.

Forgot your reusable mug?  No problem you can borrow one of ours and return it next time you're in. 

Saving the landfill from your single-use coffee cups one cup at a time.


Locally Sourced Food & Drink

Many from our own beautiful city - Including:  Planet Bean, Wellington Brewery, Royal City Brewery, Get Baked Bakery, Gay Lea, Woolwich Dairy, Brights Cheese, UofG Apiary, Freelton Greenhouse

No Bottled Water and Reduction of Single-Use Plastic Bottles.

We have been bottled water free here at the Bullring for over 5 years.  There is a filtered tap with reusable cups as well as a water bottle filling station both in house.  The Bullring continues to reduce single-use plastic in our beverage fridge, by opting for glass or aluminium when possible.


Cheap Fee ATM

Cheapest service fee on campus and the option for $10 bills makes our ATM the obvious choice for anyone needed a little cash money.



Summer Menu 2019

Fall & Winter 2019/20



Open Mic

Every Wednesday Night during the Fall & Winter Semester.  Sign up starts at 6:45p, music starts at 8p.

All ages, all talents - acoustic, electric, comedy, poetry, dance.  Come show off your skills at the Bullring.  We provide the stage, speakers, mic, musical equipment and a host to help you set up and take down.  Don’t have a special talent?  No problem!  All ages are welcome to enjoy the show – grab a favourite snack or beverage and kick back and watch some of Guelphs finest.


Live Afternoon Music

Acoustic sets throughout the Fall & Winter semesters early afternoons.


The Bullring Presents – A Night of Live Music

A few shows throughout the Fall & Winter Semester

Our café is converted into a **concert hall* and we host an evening of local live bands

Dates & Bands for 2019/2020 – TBA – Stay Tuned!


Art in the Ring

The CSA works in conjunction with the Fine Arts Network to collect Art submission who compete to exhibit their artwork in the Bullring for the Fall & Winter Semester.  A panel of judges decides on the artist work for a semi-permanent show.  Those chosen to receive an honorarium and have the privilege of seeing their work hang in the Bullring for the rest of the school year.

A call for submissions goes out mid Fall semester, with the juried art show taking place in November.

Dates & Details TBA.



We love to host!  From department gatherings and celebrations, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries, dances and to wedding receptions we’ve done it!

Catering & Rental Package

Catering Menus




Tel:  519-824-4120 x58115

107 Trent Lane
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1

Summer Hours: 

Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm
Available for Rental Evenings & Weekends

Fall & Winter Semester Hours:

  • Mon 8am-10pm
  • Tues 8am – 10pm
  • Wed 8am-12am OPEN MIC NIGHT!
  • Thurs 8am – 10pm
  • Fri 8am – 7pm

Available for Rental on Friday Night & Weekends



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