101 Hope Street, Glasgow.
One -O-One restaurant Hope Street.
Owners of the One-O-One restaurant.
Advert for the 101.
More to come…
111 Hope Street, Glasgow. G2 6LL. Tel: 0141 248 6645.
Adlib is part of the Baby Grand Group. It has an American Diner theme. There is also an Adlid at 33 Ingram Street, Glasgow. G1 1HA Telephone: 0141 552 5736.
This was formerly called Junkanoo and Pappa Zeb.
In 1973 the name of this popular disco was called Europa.
Europa Advert. 1973.
Ad-Lib, 111 Hope Street, Glasgow, Advert from 1976.
In the NEWS 1979…
New Night Club for Glasgow…
Our CITY fathers will later this month sit down to consider an application for a new night club, I can reveal. But it’s the enigmatic guy behind the application that I find more interesting.
He’s Eddie Topalion, late of the Ad Lib restaurant, Hope Street. Eddie has been lying low since he sold the restaurant to Gino Romano for a tidy sum, but it was no secret that he had plans to open an entertainments complex with chartered accountant Brian McVey.
That was to have been in Springfield Court, but their plans were set back because Mr McVey was refused a gaming licence for a proposed casino on the grounds that he did not have any experience.
Peculiarly, Eddie has the experience, having managed a casino in London’s Soho district, but he insisted that he was not interested in the gaming side of things.
Now it would appear that Messrs McVey and Topalion have parted company. The site proposed for Mr Topalion’s licensed nightclub is in the basement of 33 Virginia Street.
“I want people to be happy,” was one of Mr Topalion’s favourite sayings, and with our city fathers’ consent he might just get the chance.
Gap: 261 Hope Street, Glasgow. G1. Tell:. 0141 331 1886.
The Gap. 1991.
The Gap was better known in the 1980s as the French Quarter.
Now Called the Boogie Bar. 2007.
Opened in 2000, a nice gay friendly bar.
This was originally the Rialto during the 1970s.
One of the “in” places these days in Glasgow is the Rialto in Hope Street, and one of the reasons is the tremendous popularity of entertainer Jim Brannigan.
Jim, who plays eight instruments, organ, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, vibes, banjo, bass and steel guitar, has a completely individual style. He can best be discribed as a modern jazz soloist and plays a mixture of Burt Bacharach and Nat King Cole.
Jim is on stage at the Rialto on Wednesday and at their dinner-dance on Friday and Saturdays. At present Wednesday night is talent contest night at the Rialto. I was along this week and it was a lot of fun.
Incidentally owner Leonard Rossi gets on stage most nights and belts out a few numbers, and he sings well too. On the night I was in, he got a tremendous round of applause. I couldn’t make up my mind wheather it was because they enjoyed it so much or wheather they were afraid of being barred it they didn’t!
181-191 Hope Street, Glasgow.
Interior of the Berni Inn 1971.
There’s a new restaurant and bar in Glasgow. And if you’re in the vicinity of Hope Street, near Sauchiehall Street, and feeling hungry, I advise you to try it. You’ll not be disappointed!
It’s called the Berni Inn. At last, the well-known chain of English eating houses founded by Frank and Aldo Berni was back in 1950 has come to Scotland. This first branch is soon to be followed by others, in among other places, Edinburgh.
The Glasgow Berni Inn has three restaurant under one roof. Each is served by its own kitchen and chef. Each has its own aperitif bar. And a major feature of all Berni Inns, outside each room is a menu display prominently. The prices are astonishingly low for such high quality of food, service, and decor. You can pay as little as 55p. Top price is a still modest £1.10.
Signor Nicola Sacco, the manager, is justly proud of the fact that if one of his customers is in a hurry he can be in and out of the dining-room in half an hour, having sacrificed nothing in quality and satisfaction. On the other hand, for more leisurely diners there are such delights as Bernl speciality coffee and chocolate peppermints to round off a perfect meal.
Another view of the interior of the Berni Inn. 1971.
Essentially the idea behind the Berni Inn lies in the perfect cooking and presentation of fine steaks. The idea comes to the founder of the company, Frank Berni in America, where he saw American steak bars. “My first thoughts were that this wouldn’t work in Britain. I thought the average Briton likes to browse through the menu. He didn’t like being told what to eat.” But soon he found out how wrong he was when his first restaurant, the Runner, in Bristol, took off with a resounding success. Britain’s largest steak bar group was born!
At the new Glasgow Berni Inn I enjoyed a superb rump steak cooked exactly to my requirements and accompanied by a large baked potato and all the extras, followed by a superb cheese board. My companion enjoyed a mouth-watering roast duck with orange sauce, and was too full to have anything other than ice-cream to follow. The price was just over £1 each.
From the wood
As we left, others were enjoying large schooners of sherry in the Clipper Bar on the ground floor. The Berni schooners really generous helping of sherry from the wood. The Clipper Bar is as its name suggests decorated with a nautical flavour. The Glasgow “Berni Inn, unlike its English counterparts, of which there are 134, observes our traditional Scottish Sabbath. However, six days a week, Signor Sacco opens his doors from 11am, until 2.30 p.m. and again from 5p.m. until the last orders are taken at 11.30 p.m.
I’ll certainly be visiting the Berni Inn frequently from now on; and so, I’m sure, will many other Glaswegians in the search for good food at reasonable prices.
Renowned for steak and sherry
In 1931 Frank and Aldo Berni, the founder brothers of Berni Inns, opened their own restaurant in Exeter’s High Street with £150 each they had been left by their mother.
They made it pay, and by 1939 they had opened another two restaurants, in Plymouth and Bristol. During the War the restaurants were bombed, and the Bristol premises badly damaged by fire.
Frank Berni recalls that although the War held them back a great deal it also helped in a way. “When we found ourselves without a restaurant we looked around, and took what turned out to be the best decision we ever made.”
That decision was to buy Horts, Bristol’s most famous eating-house. In spite of food rationing, Horts flourished under the guidance of the Berni brothers, and in 1948 Horts, Restaurants Ltd was floated as a public company on the Bristol Stock Exchange.
Change of name
Five years later the brothers bought the fifteenth century New Inn at Gloucester. They realised the importance of preserving historic buildings and maintaining the in-built atmosphere of the premises as well as providing good service, good food, and good wine.
Today the Berni Inns are renowned for their steak and sherry. In 1961 the company name, Horts Restaurant Ltd, was changed to the now familiar Berni Inns Ltd., and the following year the Berni symbol began to appear outside the company’s houses.
Although the brothers regarded themselves primarily as caterers, in 1962 they launched out into the hotel business when they bought the 200 bedroom Hawthorns Hotels in Bristol.
Today they operate 15 hotels, which together accommodate more than a quarter of a million overnight guests during the year. In 1964 the decision was made to “go national.” The target was to have a Berni Inn within 25 miles of any town in the country. The opening of Glasgow’s Berni Inn sees the start of the chain north of the border.
Berni Inn offers choice of three restaurants
Berni Inns, Ltd., Britain’s largest steak house chain, to-day opened its first branch in Scotland.
The New Berni Inn, opened in Hope Street, Glasgow, in premises which once housed the well-known Guys Restaurant, for many years one of the city’s most popular eating-houses.
Berni Inns, executives, headed by Mr Eric Williamson, joint chairman and chief executive, flew to Glasgow from the group’s headquarters in Bristol in a chartered aircraft to attend the special luncheon which marked the opening of the branch.
Welcoming the guests, who were led by Glasgow’s Senior Magistrate, Baillie James Anderson, Mr Williamson revealed that the Berni Inn was the first of several planned for Scotland by the group, which already operates 133 branches in England and Wales.
Coffee is extra special…
A glass of coffee? That’s right, and it’s 25p too! But it’s extra special coffee they serve at the Berni Inn. You choose your favourite liqueur, which is served in a king-size wine-glass on a sprinkling of brown sugar. This is heartened with piping hot coffee and topped with a pouring of chilled fresh cream. Delicious!
These branches, he said, covered the country from Plymouth to Teeside and from Swansea to Dover. “The Berni Inns formula of serving good food and drink in comfortable surroundings and at reasonable prices has proved a great success south of the border,” he said, “and we are confident that Scots will find the recipe equally popular.”
The Berni Inn offers a choice of three restaurants, capable of seating a total of 220 people, the Steak and Haddock Bar on the ground floor, and the Steak Bar, and the Steak and Duck Bar on the first floor, and each restaurant is served by its own aperitif bar.
The design and decor of these bars has been produced by the group’s own architectural team, who have also remodelled the front of the building to incorporate a stone facade with small-paned bullion windows.
Mr Nicola Sacco. 1971.
On the ground floor, where the aperitif bar is named the Clipper Bar, the theme is a nautical one, decorated with cannon, pictures of eighteenth and nineteenth century naval officers, and murals of some of the famous clippers which once sailed from the Clyde to the four corners of the earth.
The first floor decor has a coaching theme, with the Carbad Bar taking its name from the Gaelic word for coaching. Coaching pictures and examples of brass and pewter ornaments which once adorned coaching Inns of long ago decorate the walls of the restaurants on this floor.
Manager of the Berni Inn is Mr Nicola Sacco.
Berni Inn advert 1971.
185 Hope Street, Glasgow. G2 6AB. Tel: 0141 353 7420.
Also known by the name of Candy Bar.
2010 this popular bar is now called The Cask And Still, owned by the owners of the Pot Still across the road.
Cask and Still. 2008.
Cask and Still. 2008.
67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3PT.
This was once the well known Bonkers which closed down as a result of the trouble outside the premises, the police complained on several occasions about this problem but the management couldn’t stop this because it was not on their premises.
As title of these premises gives a clue as to the theme of the bar, yes, it is cowboys and Indians. Young ladies bar maids dress up as cow-girls some of the staff as Indians this has a great atmosphere to it. For more information about this bar contact Telephone: 0141 221 4141.
97 Hope Street, Glasgow. G2 6LL.Tel: 01412217121.
Blythswood Bar. 1991.
Blythswood Bar has been here since 1883. Now called the Toby Jug.
The Wright family owned this pub for over 60 years, the old bar and dinning rooms are now long gone along with the old collection of curios and an ornate snuff mull which was supposed to be of the hoof of Tam o’ Shanter’s grey mare Meg.
You could walk through the Blythswood Bar in Hope Street and come out of the Toby Jug in Waterloo Street. It was all part of the same bar. The Toby Jug was once the lounge and had its own entrance in Waterloo Street.
To Read more on the history of the Blythswood Bar click here.
Interior view of the Blythswood Bar.
Update… The bar has changed its name to the Toby Jug. Photo taken 2008.
1991 Andrew McFadyen for R W Cairns Ltd.
1978 M Milne Ltd.
1973-1965 Edna May Eadie Milne Simpson.
1950 M Milne.
1940 William Wright & Co. Ltd.
183A Hope Street, Glasgow. G2 2UL.Tel: 01413322707.
Austins Lounge Bar 1991.
This may not look like an old established pub but it has been around for a long time. Known also as The Liquor Shack, the Strand, the Kelburne and the Lansdowne restaurant.
The Liquor Shack.
In the News 1971…
Benny Garcia, the black and white Minstrel man, and attractive singer Jan Douglas, recently returned from a tour of South Africa, top the bill in the Strand in Hope Street, Glasgow, next week.
In the News 1971…
A new act to Scotland, the Wagner Brothers, top the cabaret bill at the Strand, Hope Street, Glasgow, next week. Appearing with them is popular singer Alf Freeman.
In the News 1971…
Search for a star.
The Strand in Hope Street, Glasgow, are running their second Search for a Star contest in their cabaret room on the week starting December 6 1971. This is a repeat of the last year’s show, which, with the backing of this column, was such a tremendous success. It is not so much a contest as a search for acts which can be used in cabaret in the future.
Nevertheless prize money is valued at more than £100 and the winner will be booked in at the Strand for a week’s cabaret, for money. There will be six heats running from Monday till Thursday with semi final on Friday and the final on Saturday.
The man who is orginising things is Peter de Rance who books many clubs throughout Scotland and produced the tremendous popular Glen Daly show which is currently running at the Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow.
Peter will be holding auditions for the Search for a Star show on Sunday, November 28. Those who want to enter can write to him at Chalmers Wood Ltd., entertainment agents, 79 West Regent Street, Glasgow, giving details of type of act and experience and he will arrange a time for the audition.
He is looking for all types of acts, except, sorry to say, groups. It is not that he has anything against groups, but the stage at the Strand is not suited to them. However, he will welcome two or three handed acts.
However, all types of acts will be welcome, particularly comedy. Peter tells me “That was the only disappointment in last years show. I had hoped it might have produced one or two comedians, but it wasn’t to be. Comedy seems to be the scarcest commodity on the Scottish scene these days.”
Compere for the week will be comedian Ray Jeffrys and for the semi and final stages there will be well-known judges. many competitions really don’t mean a great deal to the winner, if you don’t count the prize money, but this could mean work and consideration for television and recording work.
In the News 1973…
The Strand in business again
Glasgow’s night life suffered a severe blow when fire destroyed the Stars and Garters room of the Strand in Hope Street last April.
But the good news is that the Strand has now been given a £50,000 facelift and will be back in business with music, food, and drink from tonight. (Monday 26 November 1973)
Manager Ronnie Patterson tells me, “We have attempted to give the restaurant a night club atmosphere, and not just that of a cabaret room. We will be able to seat about 120 people and meals will range from a minimum 50p to £1.65 for a four course meal.
“We are trying to keep prices as reasonable as possible and give people value for money.” Name of the night club room is Outside Inn, and the effect is that of a French market place, with split-level floor in Portuguese tile and clouds and sky on the ceiling.
The restaurant side of the room won’t be fully operational until well into next month, so that will give people a chance to rubberneck before going in to eat in earnest. On stage they will have a four piece resident band, in the meantime called The Strand Band, until they come up with something more original.
The band which will be fronted by Bill McNabb, who is well-known in club circles, is more of a showband than a normal backing group. Ronnie Patterson tells me, “We hope to create something novel in Glasgow by featuring different acts every night in the week.”
They start with a strong bill for their opening tonight, when they have Dutchman Wout Steenhouse, vocalist and guitarist on stage with comedian Les Melville. Les was one of the acts in the television show “New Faces” a couple of weeks ago.
On Tuesday they have a showband, Anita and the Turnstiles; on Wednesday, Bob Stafford and Annie west, who were on the Australian cabaret circuit for two years; on Thursday, Clive Conway from Newcastle, on Friday a double comedy-impressionist act called Sinclair and Young, and on Saturday they have Les Brians who has been featured on the television programme “The Comedians.”
The Strand are now accepting bookings for Christmas night itself they will be introducing a showband called The Laurels. The Strand was always known for its excellent business lunches, and they will be continuing with them. So, as the old music hall song goes, Let’s all go down the Strand.
The Strand advert. 1973.
Misty’s Lounge Bar now open July 1979.
Crow Bar. 2007.