Cocktail Bars in Glasgow
Find your way around the best cocktail bars in Glasgow with this hand-picked guide. Whether you’re up for a Woo-Woo in the West End of a mojito in Merchant City, this here city boasts some of the most talented mixologists and stylish cocktail bars in the country. With so many top places to drink in Glasgow, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up this list for your next night out.
Last updated on 28th September 2016
A hubbub of heaving antics and off-kilter events, the bustle of Riding Room is not to be missed. Not only brimming with a hot to trot selection of cabaret and burlesque nights, Riding Room boast some of the most unique cocktails in Glasgow as cool decanters, quirky flavours and hilarious names pop them at the top of the concoction ploughing pile.
Fresh from upping sticks on Ashton Lane and settling in Hamilton Drive, The Research Club is a cool and comfortable lounge bar in the heart of the city centre. The 70-capacity hangout specialises in innovative cocktails, tasty bar snacks and an exciting range of craft beer. It’s popular with Glasgow’s after-work crowd as well as for groups celebrating special occasions.
Chargrilled gastro goods is probably the first thing that springs to mind with these guys, but have you been for a few cocktails yet? This is a handy drinking destination in its own right, serving punchy mixes like the Singapore Sling and the Mob Cobbler to a grateful cocktail crowd. Sample these innovative serves, with a good range of beer and wine if you fancy swerving off course a little.
Hillhead Bookclub is as eccentric, cool and quirky as bars in Glasgow come. With a bunting draped ceiling, drag queens playing bingo and a huge space perfect for socialising, this West End joint is a raving success on the drinking scene. Dubbing their cocktails as "a classier way to get tipsy" the folks at Hillhead know how to do dapper, different drinks.
After a pumping party bar right in the heart of the city centre? You’ll want Revolution, the city’s feel-good hangout specialising in vodka cocktails. There’s always a fun party crowd in the mix, a cracking range of mixed drinks and a healthy selection of beer and cider to cater for all tastes.
With signature concoctions like this absolute stunner, we were hardly going to leave Kelvingrove Cafe out. Make for the bar and order in an Eastward Flight - a sumptuous blend of gin, cocchi americano, lime, matcha, curry leaf and egg whites - or settle on one of their other signature tipples; each is as exquisite as the last.
Venture in to this island of South Pacific cool and Polynesian fantasy. The Tiki Bar is one of Glasgow's most fruity and punchy cocktail joints, knocking up all manner of tropical inspired and Hawaiian hula drinks. Serving up concoctions in authentic ceramic tiki cups, this fun basement bar and cocktail palace is a slice of the South Pacific near Sauchiehall Street.
The Finnieston is a bustling restaurant bar at Argyle Street's western end with some seriously delicious cocktails. The food comes gourmet and the cocktails ultimately creative conjuring speakeasy vibes and a flare for vintage tastes. Pushing a pub meets Gin palace get-up, you'll find charming foods and drink a plenty here.
Distill is a cool DJ bar on the Finnieston end of Argyle Street with a penchant for rum. Accomplished bartenders shake up all manner of adventurous concoctions choosing from a selection of over 100 Rums. With niche spirits and quirky mixers, drinks like Zephyr, Adios Sabata and Bijou put your average common or garden cocktails to shame.
Vodka Wodka is a fun, laid back cocktail bar on Ashton Lane. A popular spot with both students and professionals, cut price cocktails don't skimp on taste and toxicity with a spread of over 70 global Rums and Vodkas to boot. An informal venue with a chilled out beer garden round the back, Vodka Wodka is a Glasgow cocktail go-to come rain or shine.
Some of the most smashing tipples in Glasgow, The Butchershop's cocktails come straight from the liquor drenched scenes New York. Although they're known for their Aged Scottish slabs of meat, with an array of classic concoctions worthy of Manhattan legend, cool decor and bustling vibes, The Butchershop makes a select spot to quaff cocktails in Glasgow.
Nestled in The Grosvenor on Ashton Lane, you'll find a prim little cocktail bar with a movie theatre attached. Creative tipples are the bones of this atmospheric haunt where you'll find a strictly vinyl-only music policy. Enjoy the music, sample some tailored tipples and discover this cool and quirky hangout is more offbeat than your average cocktail bar in Glasgow.
Merchant City plays host to many of Glasgow's chicest and most stylish places to drink, and that most definitely includes Metropolitan. With the Merchant Square courtyard an ideal spot for chilled out tipples while more formal spaces inside are perfect for grown-up drinks and date nights. And extensive cocktail list offers enough choice for even the most discerning connoisseurs.