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
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Birra Moretti

Open since the 1970s, Ad Lib is a cute, casual bar with a cosy dining area at the back, which specialises in burgers and American style food.

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This laid-back bar with a cute dining area at the back has been open for over 40 years. It’s got plenty of character inside due to its pretty, curved Victorian roof, warm red colour scheme and posters of cult American figures such as Jack Kerouac. A blackboard displays specials such as a burger with rich, crumbly black pudding and creamy, piquant blue cheese. Burgers are thick, homemade, pink in the middle and served in a delightfully soft bun with fries. Other options such as lamb, veggie or chicken are available to do as you please with – pile on the toppings, such as beef chilli or Jack cheese. Starters include a quesadilla that’s crispy and charred on the outside and chock full of sweet pulled pork on the inside, or rather dry chicken wings, which are saved by a thick coating of tasty BBQ sauce. Both are served in plastic baskets, which result in sauce and grease dripping all over the table. Other dishes like mac and cheese or buttermilk fried chicken are warm and comforting, like a big hug from a reliable old pal.

The List's rating






Erica Goodey visited Ad Lib on 8 February 2018
  • High point: A casual Glasgow classic
  • Low point: Starters served in tacky plastic baskets
  • Notable dish: Black and blue burger special – black pudding and blue cheese, Cajun fries
  • Average price: £18 (lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Bob Marley, David Bowie, jazz and some 70's and 80's funk
  • Live entertainment: DJs at weekend
  • Capacity: 72
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1974
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18.75 per bottle