Great Whisky Bars to Visit in Glasgow

Courtesy of The Whisky Lounge
Courtesy of The Whisky Lounge
Photo of Tori Chalmers
1 March 2017

Whisky or uisge beatha (‘water of life’ in Scots Gaelic) is Scotland in a bottle — warm, unique and overflowing with character. For times when only a wee dram will do, wet your whistle with the best whisky bars in Glasgow.

Bon Accord

Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Bon Accord Whisky Selection
Bon Accord Whisky Selection | © Digital-Designs/Flickr

Those who dream in whisky will appreciate every aspect of Bon Accord. A dram-infused mecca, this family-run alehouse, malt whisky bar and whisky shop hits every spot. Sporting a splendid selection of over 400 whiskies and a rotating assortment of over 800 ales, Bon Accord cannot be faulted. For the folk who fancy a whisky adventure, the impressive array of rare and old whiskies, including a 70-year-old Glenlivet, will do more than suffice. The highly knowledgeable staff are trained at local distilleries, only adding to the bar’s appeal. Oh, and the steak pie is revolutionary.


Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Whisky | © Phil Long/Flickr

Appropriately named, Dram! gets straight to the point. Stocked to the brim with over 75 malts, this smashing drinkery sports appealing cubbyholes, leather backed booths, exposed stone walls, arty cylindrical lights suspended from the ceiling, and a vibrant atmosphere. Situated in the West End near the University of Glasgow and Kelvinbridge Station, Dram! attracts a mix of students and wanderers with a shared passion for whisky.

The Pot Still

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
The Pot Still
The Pot Still | © petetambo/Flickr
The Pot Still is everything that a whisky bar should be. Wonderfully overwhelming, the bar, which is an art form in itself, displays literally hundreds of malt whiskies. A welcoming selection of strengths, variety and maturity, this is where to order your dram neat with one ice cube before staring at the unassuming glass contemplating life’s mysteries. The vibe is delightfully traditional and wildly unpretentious.

The Ben Nevis Bar

Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Pint of Beer
Pint of Beer | © AgencjaAIAC / Pixabay

Absolutely worth a visit, The Ben Nevis Bar, like the mountain, is the kind of transformative place where hours fly by. A Scottish bar with a contemporary, chilled vibe, the desirable whisky selection is made all the more better with the frequent live traditional Scottish music shindigs. With each sip and each note comes a perfect taste of Scotland.


Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Whisky Paired With Food
Whisky Paired With Food | © @ccfoodtravel/Flickr

An exclusive dining establishment with all the frills, it’s hard to think that Hutchesons specialises in anything other than oysters, perfectly cooked steaks and champagne. Don’t judge a book by its cover! This opulent eatery happens to stock every type of Glenfarclas Whisky family cask. Thanks to a dream partnership, they are the only place in the UK entitled to such a privilege. Those with a bulging wallet or devoted loyalty to this particular Speyside whisky can book the dark-panelled Glenfarclas Private Dining Room — it’s as good as it sounds.

The Wee Pub

Pub, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
The Wee Pub Left Of Ubiquitous Chip
The Wee Pub Left Of Ubiquitous Chip | © Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Everything you love about a village local relocated in the urban jungle, The Wee Pub can be found within the culinary institution that is Ubiquitous Chip. This compact wee drinking den is as snug as it is charming: perfect for hushed tones, irreplaceable vibes and cheers-ing to good company and stellar drams. The space may be small and yet the banter is off the scale.

The Lismore Bar

Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Guitar | © Nav Jagpal/Flickr

Less of a bar and more of a legacy, The Lismore Bar is a magnet for traditional Scottish folk musicians and dram enthusiasts alike. The whisky selection, made all the more enticing by the whiskies of the month, is forever on point. Impeccably decorated, the evocative furnishings add to the allure and, like the whiskies, are inundated with character and charm. A local icon conveniently placed in the West End, the Lismore can do no wrong.

Oràn Mór

Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant, Contemporary, British, $$$
Oran Mor Bar
Oran Mor Bar | © Kirsten Loza/Flickr

For moments that call for an unprecedented belter of a night out, consider Oràn Mór your best pal. This unique converted church funhouse boasts an impressive whisky bar tailored to boozing the night (or day) away. Strategically placed in the bohemian chic West End, the whisky bar plays hosts to over 280 malts.

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