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–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu noon–8.30pm
  • Average price £13.95 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Crisp and stylish city centre diner with classy takes on dishes from across North America, as well as very decent steaks.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Neither steakhouse nor burger bar, Ad Lib is just a Glasgow classic that does really good steaks and burgers – an upmarket diner, where menus and artwork evolve and remain stylish while never trying too hard. Kerouac and Steinbeck look down from the wall, with Brooklyn and Weihenstephaner on draft. But these things will change – they always do. So, too, the small selection of steaks, but typically expect, say, a rump, a ribeye and fillet, a lovely smoky-charred aroma and decent texture and flavour. The price of the burgers includes fries (that’s a bonus these days) and both the Moroccan lamb with harissa mayo and the Southern-fried chicken with sweet chilli & sour cream burgers are long-term favourites with big, satisfying tastes. The menu tends to flirt with some soul food as well, such as jambayala, or brisket marinated in Carolina brown sugar and bourbon – full and lip-licking and tender. Tried and tested desserts such as Oreo sundaes and pecan pie complete Ad Lib’s delightful American dream.

  • High point: Its staying power, style and value
  • Low point: Bit draughty near the front
  • Notable dish: Southern fried chicken burger with sour cream & sweet chilli sauce
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Americana, loosely-based!
  • Live entertainment: DJs and monthly soul nights
  • Capacity: 72
  • Largest group: 72
  • Open since: 1974
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16.45 per bottle