- Telephone 0141 552 5736
- Bar open Sun–Wed noon–11pm; Thu–Sat noon–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.adlibglasgow.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
The former fire station that is home to the Merchant City branch of this enduringly popular American restaurant is much larger than its ‘big’ brother on Hope Street, but doesn't quite live up to its siblings achievements. The bulk of the menu is the same, but with a heavier focus on deals with lunchtime and early evening offers luring in office workers and couples – including a range of pastas, which doesn't fully fit the American model. The specials are more considered, with Scottish food from sea and field. With flames occasionally leaping from the open kitchen, the burgers are an easy sell, and there’s no doubting the quality, while various toppings allow for customisation with numerous meats, cheeses and sauces. Portions are generous but, whether you think you've got room or not, a side of jalapeño cheese cornbread is a must. Concentrating soley on the core cuisine would perhaps help better distinguish Ad Lib from the many bars, bistros and Italians on its doorstep.
- High point: Mouthwatering jalapeño cheese cornbread
- Low point: Hope St brethren is slicker
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- Delivery: £2.50/3
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indie rock
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2006, closed 2010; again 2012
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle