Fun and garnished, cocktails are a tasty way to end — or start — the day. If words like Martini, Mint Julep and Old Fashioned hit the spot, let the drinks do the talking, shaking and stirring and consider this guide to the best cocktail bars in Glasgow, your new best friend. It’s five o’clock somewhere.
An epicentre of cool, Blue Dog is a happening cocktail and music spot. This New York-style piano bar features smouldering interiors with luscious pinks, dimmed lighting and exposed brickwork. Oh, and they know their cocktails. From Martinis with grapefruit and coconut gin to long drinks laced with Southern Comfort and pomegranate liqueur or short with vanilla vodka and Patron coffee liqueur, Blue Dog is less of a bar and more of a cerebral sensory excursion.
A sanctuary of rum and off-the-chart fun, Tiki Bar And Kitsch Inn is an endless ray of sunshine. Filled with peacock chairs, eclectic ceramic mugs and tropical feels, this subterranean party place is a one-stop shop for alluring cocktails. Whether Mai Tai, Zombie, Rum Bongo, Blue Hawaiian or a Glasvegas Kiss, nowhere else will you find as much fruit or punch. All in all, this is a welcome portal to a cocktail-infused universe.
Art deco meets escapism at Rogano Oyster Bar, a local culinary icon since its inception in 1935. Sparing no expenses, the cocktail menu is as magnificent as the seafood. Arty surrounds add to the enchanting feel and the knowledgeable staff work wonders with mixing. If good old classics like a Cosmo, Manhattan and Mojito start beckoning, there’s no place more inspiring than Rogano. Those who like cocktails with a twist should explore the contemporary options like Agent Peach, Speyside Stag and Glasgow Green.
Bar Soba offers a brilliant blend of South East Asian street eats and delicious cocktails. The ridiculously skilled mixologists, who have been perfecting the drinks since 1999, can whiz up a treat in seconds. The handsomely priced menu is never-ending with its fun takes on the classics and fail-safe winners. Those who like their drinks overflowing with punchy tastes and genius fusions will feel right at home.
The carefully curated bar and sultry casual décor add to the allure of Kelvingrove Café, a charming brasserie bar and cocktail hotbed. A dreamland for craft cocktail fans, the concoctions are both innovative and wonderfully refreshing. The list, which shifts as the seasons progress, is meticulously planned out, enabling every flavour fusion to cast its spell with each sip. Ideal for those unafraid of complex mixings, bold tastes and unexpected pairings.
Tailor made for those with a fancy for the finer things, The Salon Lounge at Blythswood Square is an unmitigated pleasure palace of alcohol-infused tastes, blends and aromas. This five-star cocktail bar, with its swanky setting, ornate pillars and Harris Tweed accents, is as good as it gets. The craft cocktails are made all the more easier to navigate with the expertly laid-out menu and attentive bartenders. The cocktails, which include dream drinks like a Hibiscus Fizz, Sidecar and a Pink Lady, scream innovation and pleasure. This is a cocktail bar designed for celebration and hair-down kind of nights.