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Cocktail Bars in Glasgow

 Raising the bar: the best cocktail bars in Glasgow

It’s no secret that Glasgow is fond of an alcoholic beverage or two (or three), and sometimes a pint down at the local pub just won’t cut it. It’s lucky then that there is no shortage of cocktails bars in Glasgow, so you can get glammed up and spend the night sipping on sophisticated drinks in style. From buzzing city centre bars to low-key speakeasies, industrial-chic venues to Caribbean-inspired tiki bars, there are cocktail bars in Glasgow to suit all occasions, and finding the perfect one just got so much easier with Quandoo. Browse the best cocktail bars in Glasgow and filter by area and price range, then, when you’ve taken your pick, simply book a table online – no more fighting for a space at the bar.

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City Centre

The Woods Bar

Merchant City

Drury Street Bar & Kitchen

City Centre
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Lebowskis Glasgow West

City Centre

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Atash Cocktail Bar & Grill

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    Classics that you should try at Glasgow’s best cocktail bars

    With so many choices, we know that picking a cocktail can be a daunting task. If you don’t know your Margaritas from your Manhattans or your Moscow Mule from your Mai Tai, we’ve put together a little list of some of the classic options you will find shaken up at cocktail bars in Glasgow. Old Fashioned: The Old Fashioned is one of the quintessential cocktails, said to be invented over 130 years ago, made by muddling sugar and bitters then adding brandy or whisky and a twist of citrus rind to produce a smooth, mild and fruity taste.Pina Colada: If you want to experience some tropical vibes in Scotland, then head to one of Glasgow’s cocktail bars and order up a Pina Colada, a mouthwatering blend of rum, coconut cream or coconut milk and pineapple juice, usually served in a poco glass with a paper umbrella on the side!Bloody Mary: The ultimate hair of the dog drink, this cold favourite is made from vodka, tomato juice and tabasco and will cure your hangover even quicker than a can of Irn Bru will.Mojito: Originating in Cuba, the mojito now resides on cocktail bar menus all over the world. The oldest known recipe for the mojito dates back to 1926, and it’s made from five ingredients – white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint.Espresso Martini: Need a pick me up? Then go for an Espresso Martini, a take on the classic martini made with vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur and sugar syrup and found in many of Glasgow’s cocktail bars. Coffee break just got much more exciting!
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    Scottish twists on cocktails: who knew Buckfast could be classy?

    It’s not just the classics that you’ll find on the menu at Glasgow’s cocktail bars. Whisky is the national drink of Scotland so of course you’ll find plenty of scotch-based drinks, but if you really want to soak up some of the local culture, we recommend going for a Buckfast cocktail, a concoction which has crept onto the menu of many cocktail bars in Glasgow. It’s no secret that Glasgow has a passion for this iconic tonic wine, full of caffeine and brewed by the monks of Buckfast Abbey. Once reserved for only binge drinking in the back streets or after hours parties, now you you can enjoy Buckfast in Glasgow’s classy cocktail bars. We particularly recommend The Guter Ball – a Scottish take on a White Russian with Buckfast, Kahlua and milk – served up in Lebowski’s, one of the trendiest cocktail bars in Glasgow West End.