The 5 best places to enjoy gin in Glasgow

To celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, June 11th (and the fact that Glasgow is becoming quite the gin town), here’s our guide to the best places in the city to enjoy a spot of ‘Mother’s Ruin’.

Gin Pot Red Bus Bistro

Red Bus Bistro is a truly unique destination in which to dine. Step aboard the vintage Routemaster bus and enjoy one of a range of wonderful, tailor-made dining experiences, all the while exploring the delights of Scotland’s biggest city. This carefully converted sightseeing vehicle provides a delightfully cosy atmosphere for diners, enhanced by friendly staff. Gin-lovers will be pleased to hear that there’s even an afternoon gin experience.


Gin 71 – Renfield Street and Byres Road
The city’s first dedicated gin bar (brought to you by the people behind the wonderful Cup Tea Lounge) is still one of the best joints in town. Boasting a wall of every possible gin you might ever want to sample, set in beautifully grand surroundings, Gin 71 is an excellent stop for even the casual gin fan. The guys have also just started a pop up on Byres Road, perfect for any evening trips to the West End.

The Finnieston – Argyle Street
The Finnieston has built a reputation as an excellent seafood establishment but it’s also a fantastic gin cocktail bar, stocking over 60 gins. We recommend the Seafarer’s cocktail, made with seaweed-infused sherry.

Alston Bar and Beef – Central Station
Tucked away in the arches under Central Station, Alston has a fantastic selection of gins, listed out by country. Check out their Gin Smash; Hayman’s London Dry gin with lemon juice, mint and green tea syrup. The perfect spot for a first date.

The Anchor Line – St Vincent Place
The beautiful former office of the Glasgow to New York shipping company now houses a restaurant and bar that takes its name. And to match the stunning surroundings, Anchor Line has also brought back some gin classics with an added twist. We recommend the Dirty Martini.

Virginia Gin Bar and Rotisserie – Virginia Court
A sister brand to Gin 71, this relatively new Merchant City bar has a rotating menu of gin cocktails made from a range of premium gins, with lots of Scottish gin to boot. Best enjoyed with a bit of ‘farm to plate’ rotisserie.

And we even make our own...

And if you ever doubted that Glasgow is a gin town, we even make our own. Makar Gin is made in Glasgow’s first new distillery in over 100 years. Makar is a premium gin made with the finest botanicals. Find out more about Makar here.

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