Ad Lib

Ad Lib
33 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1HA
  • Telephone 0141 552 5736
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon-11pm; Fri–Sat noon-1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times All day, anytime
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
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Birra Moretti

American-themed diner based in an old fire station, serving burgers, quality beers and plenty of soul food classics.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2017/18 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

A considerate renovation project in 2016 retained many of the original features of the old Central Fire Station – beautiful Victorian marble, original light fittings and old pictures of bygone fire crews (including their famous mascot, Wallace the Fire Dog) who used to be stationed in the building adds a sense of history to this Merchant City hot spot. The menu is extensive and centres on Southern grill and soul food-style dishes. Buttermilk fried chicken tenders are served sizzling with a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce that complements the crispy batter well. South Western-spiced rib-eye, full of charred meat flavours and a delicate warmth is recommended, while the fajitas – with their fresh salsa and Jack cheese strike a great balance between chipotle heat and the zingy citrus. A side cup of mac ’n’ cheese adds to the comforting homely vibe – gooey, satisfying and served in USA supersized portions. Manager Adriana and her team work hard to keep that homely vibe with their friendly enthusiasm for the menu – especially the gut-busting Oreo Sundae.

  • High point: Appealing soul food-style menu
  • Low point: Music can be a little overpowering on quieter nights
  • Notable dish: Southwestern ribeye
  • Average price: £17.95 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
Glasgow Larder

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  • Delivery: via deliveroo
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: mix of disco and pop
  • Live entertainment: DJs Fri and Sat, Comedy nights, quiz nights
  • Capacity: 135
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2006, closed 2010; again 2012, refurbished 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16.45 per bottle