Glasgow is my hometown and it has a special place in my heart, mainly because of the all the pubs, bars and clubs that line the streets! Although whisky is my tipple of choice, the city does have some fine cocktail bars, so here is TLE’s best of the best cocktails and cocktail bars in Glasgow
1. For a Bloody Mary: Booly Mardy’s
To enjoy a casual yet trendy night in Glasgow, Booly Mardy’s is the perfect choice. Live music and terrific food are a big draw, but the real highlight is the cocktail menu. Staff at Booly Mardy’s are super friendly, and they can even tell you cocktail recipes for you to recreate at home. As you might guess, Booly Mardy’s offers a variety of Bloody Mary cocktails, but the classic is by far the best.
Address: 28 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8BE
Phone:0141 560 8004
2. For an Upscale Drink: Kir Royale at The Corinthian Club
Located in the Merchant City, The Corinthian Club is unlike any other bar in Scotland. Once a bank, the building that houses the Corinthian Club was completely transformed into an upmarket destination popular with visitors and business executives living in Scotland. The decor is stunning, and even after refurbishment you can get a glimpse of the historic interiors. The menu is extensive, but one of the top drinks is the Kir Royale. Made by combining high-quality champagne with blackcurrant liquor, this is a sweet and satisfying beverage.
Address: 191 Ingram St, City Centre, G1 1DA
Phone: 0141 552 1101
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3. For an Inventive Tipple: Iced Tea Bellini from The Bar at Blythswood Square
The Blythswood Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, and everything about the decor is hip and unexpected. Soft pink and orange lighting make it instantly relaxing, and the creative bartenders mix up some wonderful tipples that will surprise and delight you. One cocktail that stands out is the Iced Tea Bellini, which is incredibly refreshing, while still packing a punch. The cocktail is made by adding Darjeeling tea-infused peach puree to a glass of prosecco.
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Address: 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4AD
Phone: 0141 248 8888
4. For a Dessert-Like Cocktail: The Dude at The Blue Dog
Blue Dog is one of the newer additions to the Glasgow drinking scene, but it has quickly become a local favourite thanks to nightly live jazz piano music, attentive staff and high-quality cocktails made with the best possible ingredients. The clientele is a mix of older jazz enthusiasts and younger visitors enjoying a big night on the town, which means that just about everyone will feel welcome in these upmarket surroundings. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try The Dude, an incredibly cocktail featuring vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, chocolate bitters and fresh cream.
Address: 151 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2JJ
Phone: 0141 229 0707
5. For a Classic Cosmopolitan: The Metropolitan Bar
A combination bar, restaurant and event venue, Metropolitan is one of the most upscale and sophisticated late-night establishments in all of Glasgow. Tasteful and trendy decor sets the scene for plenty of great nights, and there are dozens of nooks, private tables and secluded balconies that help create a more intimate environment for couples or groups of friends. Their cocktail menu goes on for several pages, but one of the most popular items is the classic cosmopolitan made with vodka, triple sec, a squeeze of lime juice and cranberry juice.
Address: 60 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1LE
Phone: 0141 553 1488
6. For a Cocktail With a Kick: Chilli Cocktail at Rogano Oyster Bar
Rogano is a luxury Art Deco establishment with a history that stretches back for more than 75 years. As you might expect from a bar that opened in the 1930s, cocktails are a staple on the drink menu. Head away from the main dining area and over to the Oyster Bar for a traditional cocktail, or spice things up with a chilli cocktail. The addition of chilli powder might seem a little unusual, but it really heats up the flavours and creates a depth that is perfect for a cold Scottish evening. Round off the night with a quick snack or meal like mussels, deep fried polenta or classic oysters for which the bar is famed for.
Address: 11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow, G1 3AN
Phone: 0141 248 4055
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