• Amy Middleton

Ad-Lib undergoes American dream transformation

Glasgow's much loved American Bar and Diner Ad-Lib is set to reopen its Hope Street doors this week following an extensive interior refurbishment project.

Ad-Lib has been a favourite fixture in the city centre since it first opened in 1997. The venue’s new interior has some great feature pieces worth talking about such as the retro Cola-Red 1950s-style booths, a life-sized Marilyn Monroe, a classic 1957 Chevrolet crashing through the wall, and of course an iconic jukebox.

General Manager Jimmy Deadman said: “It was time to rejuvenate Ad-Lib with a new design, new menu and new feel and we’re excited to be re-opening with new seating, a superb yoghurt ice cream machine and a few more surprises up our sleeve. Our Head Chef Mark has created some awesome, flavoursome new additions to our food offerings, whilst we’ve kept all the classics which are loved by our customers. Ad-Lib’s been an institution for more than 20 years and we’re thrilled with the new look and can’t wait for the people of Glasgow to see what we’ve done.”

The new menu features a selection of tacos, crispy fried chicken, juicy burgers, a wicked wing bar, and no American diner is complete without creamy milkshakes to wash it all down. The milkshakes find their place on the new menu alongside CBD drinks and classic American cocktails with an Ad-Lib twist.

Head Chef Mark Balarsky who has been in the kitchen at Ad-Lib for a decade said: “We can’t want to get back to the kitchen and start serving up all the Ad Lib favourites – our tacos, grill and our best-selling Southern Fried Chicken Burger. Our new wing bar features chicken and cauliflower with a choice of sauces. Add in some Texas BBQ chicken, Bourbon BBQ brisket and BBQ roast roots all served with a choice of dirty sides and sauces. You can ad lib to your heart’s desire! It’s an American dream when it comes to treats too, as well as a build your own FROYO machine, our dessert menu offers two classics – apple pie with cinnamon and pecan pie, served with whipped cream, ice cream or Froyo.”

Ad-Lib reopens Friday 18th June. For bookings and more information please visit www.adlibglasgow.com.