- Telephone 0141 334 7132
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–9.30pm
- Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10
This bar-restaurant brings the spirit of the bayou to Byres Road, with Deep South classics and a range of American beers.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Specialising in Southern and Creole dishes, Bar Gumbo is a cosy and welcoming spot to while away an evening with hearty US food and live music. Its wood-panelled walls and curious tree-like pillars give the dining room a rustic feel, and it’s as much bar as it is restaurant, serving a number of American beers, inventive cocktails and a moderately lethal shot-beer combination known as a boilermaker. The menu veers away from the standard North American fare, and heads south for its inspiration. Dixie battered catfish bites are a satisfying cross between haddock and monkfish, opalescent and tender in their crisp coating. Jambalaya keeps the chilli heat in check and lets the spices and flavours of this Creole version of paella shine through. The eponymous gumbo is a deep, dark, soupy stew with rice and bell peppers and a choice of chicken, vegetable or prawn and okra. Many dishes are served in unusual receptacles – towering burgers sit in shallow wooden boxes, po’boy sandwiches perch on heavy boards and the gumbo arrives in its own dinky pot-bellied tureen.
- High point: Delicious Dixie catfish
- Low point: Damp pecan pie
- Notable dish: Po'boy sandwiches
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: blues, rock, jazz
- Live entertainment: Soul/rockabilly/blues/jazz Fri–Sat; occasional open mic nights
- Capacity: 90 (12 outdoors)
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle