Alston Bar & Beef

Alston Bar & Beef
Central Station, 79 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SQ
  • Telephone 0141 221 7627
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu noon–6.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–6pm
  • Average price £17 (set lunch); £34 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £14
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Alston Bar & Beef

Photo: Renzo Mazzolini

Well-pitched and well-priced steakhouse with a modern feel in the most Central location of all

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

Alston Bar & Beef is located unexpectedly (and rather coolly) in Central Station, down a staircase and into a clubby cavern of arches and stone and aquamarine. The Glendola Group have done a great job converting it into a thoroughly modern steakhouse, in the style of those that have sprung up in London in recent years. There are macho touches throughout, such as the ‘beef and cheese box’ – a considerable collation of pastrami and smoky bresaola with toast, cornichons and an entire round of warmed camembert; or the meatiest of mixed grills – swollen, rich beef sausage competing with Stornoway black pudding and a fat rump medallion, alongside jus and grilled bone marrow. All steak is from the same butcher in East Lothian, and is dry-aged for at least 35 days. It’s got good depth of flavour and is cooked properly. On Tuesday nights they let you BYOB, which is fairly unique for this sort of spot. As the name suggests, Alston is also a bar (and a better one than most drinking options in Central) with classy gin cocktails and moody lighting.

  • High point: Lovely use of an interesting space
  • Low point: Can lack intimacy
  • Notable dish: Dry-aged ribeye
Glasgow Larder

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Modern pop
  • Capacity: 86
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £18 per bottle