Firebird

Firebird
1321 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TL
  • Telephone 0141 334 0594
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri & Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–midnight.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.firebirdglasgow.com
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Firebird

A neighbourhood institution close to Kelvingrove Museum with great pizza and a welcoming vibe for all.

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A large metal sculpture of a crow-like bird with a bell in its beak gives Firebird its name. It started life as an unlikely electric heater, but the Sharmanka-designed object is unlikely to please health and safety and now sits, unplugged, on the bar. That one eccentric feature aside, Firebird feels like a fairly standard, pub-like restaurant – the sort of place you can casually drop into with the kids and the dog after a walk in the nearby park. The food is good enough to warrant a special trip, though. Pizzas are particularly fine, with interesting toppings like spicy nduja sausage or blue cheese and pear on a satisfyingly chewy sourdough base. A blackboard special of locally landed cod comes with sweet roast peppers and white beans, and a generous side of fat, skin-on chips dredged in paprika salt is easily enough for two. Small-ish plates (around £6 each) like barbecue chicken wings or mixed charcuterie are ideal for sharing over beers. If you can’t make it in, pizza and pasta dishes are also available for delivery or pick-up.

  • High point: Sourdough pizza as good as any specialist pizzeria
  • Low point: Slightly grim basement toilets
  • Notable dish: Sourdough pizza with spicy nduja sausage and buffala mozarella
  • Delivery: Currently Deliveroo but plan to introduce own service March 2017
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: Live music Sun and Tue
  • Capacity: 111
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle