Ad Lib

Ad Lib
111 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6LL
  • Telephone 0141 248 6645
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–3am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
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Crisp and stylish city centre diner with classy takes on dishes from across North America, as well as very decent steaks.

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Keeping Glasgow fed and watered since 1974, this Hope Street institution is still giving the people what they want – namely burgers, steaks and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Handy for Central Station, it’s popular with the post-work crowd and revellers arriving in the city alike. Loosely American themed, the menu is full of US favourites usually found south of the Mason-Dixon – think bourbon-marinated brisket and breaded deep-fried prawns with a sweet and spicy sriracha barbecue dip. As well as the home-style cooking and a significant specials menu that changes daily, there’s also a wide selection on the grill. Steaks and burgers are flavoursome and well cooked, served in sizeable portions in keeping with the Americana vibes – along with stacks of onion rings and crispy, thick-cut fries. The desserts continue the supersized theme – a sky-scraping double chocolate Oreo sundae, with marshmallows, chocolate cake, Oreos and chocolate sauce is impressive and certainly large enough for sharing. This dependable city centre favourite has an understandable draw for couples, groups and families.

  • High point: Crispy buttermilk fried chicken
  • Low point: Can lack atmosphere on quiet nights
  • Notable dish: Buttermilk fried chicken
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: soul motown and american classics
  • Live entertainment: DJs at weekend
  • Capacity: 72
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1974
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £17.45 per bottle