Independent Bar and Kitchen

Independent Bar and Kitchen
35–41 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3EF
  • Telephone 0141 221 1779
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–8pm; Sun noon–7.30pm
  • Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)

Independent is a relatively new arrival to the City Centre. In a playfully literal extension of its name, the (slightly shabby) black interior is covered by front pages from a certain liberal broadsheet (clue: it’s not The Guardian). Standing out from the crowd ends there, it must be said, as it sits very much in the realm of mainstream bar/pub, with a menu of pizzas, burgers et al. Nachos, while filling the hole that they should, are rather uninspiringly presented with sour cream and salsa plopped on-top. But the Independent burger fares better, halved in two and served between ciabatta bread. It doesn’t scale the heights of some of the handmade creations found elsewhere in town, but it’s nicely seasoned and the skinny fries are suitably crispy. Good old fish’n chips aren’t too bad either, with a big dose of tartare sauce to accompany the battered haddock. With a location just off Argyle St, this place is perhaps best suited to a quick re-fuelling stop during the day, or as an evening rendezvous before venturing forth.

  • High point: Reminiscing as you read the headlines on the wall
  • Low point: Bit more care needed with presentation
  • Capacity: 50

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