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Cocktail Bars

Cocktail bars

Cocktail bars

Whether you're looking for an underground speakeasy or a stylish New York vibe, Glasgow is full of exciting places to enjoy a cocktail or two. Here are our top picks.

Charlie Brown's Bar

If you're a fan of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, you'll find nods to the iconic film within the cocktail menu and decor. The bartender will serve you up unique drinks inspired by nostalgic and US flavours. Open Thu-Sun for walk-ins only, check out Charlie Browns Bar on Instagram.

Lunar

Specialising in funky flavours and natural wines, Lunar is real treat. It features a cosy modern interior, great tunes and bar staff who are eager to help you try something special from their eclectic menu with a Scottish twist. Check out Lunar's Instagram.

The Alchemist

For something unconventional visit The Alchemist in George Square. The cocktails are served up with a heavy side of theatrics, making for a fun experience. Visit thealchemistbars.com.

The Parlour

Found in the west end, The Parlour pride themselves on serving "big, fun approachable drinks made by big-fun approachable bar tenders". Visit The Parlour's website for details.

August House

You'll find August House on Mitchell St where you can enjoy all-day dining. Try one of their signature cocktails or dance the night away under the disco balls. With a DJ serving up the tunes 5 nights a week until 1am. Find out more on August House's website.

63rd and 1st

2 people drinking cocktails in a bar while watching musicians play. The view is from behind the musicians and there are lots of green plants around the bar.

For Manhattan-inspired surroundings head to 63rd and 1st on Bothwell Street. Enjoy a classic Negroni, a timeless Old Fashioned or a retro Pina Colada, along with a small plate or two. Open from 12noon everyday. To book visit 63rd and 1st website.

The Absent Ear

For a speakeasy inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, head to The Absent Ear. Hidden underground in Merchant City, you'll only learn the location once you’ve made a booking. Cocktails are created by expert mixologists and the list changes regularly. You can even ask the team to create drinks based on your favourite flavours. Book your table at by visiting the Absent Ear website.

Devil of Brooklyn

From the team behind Tabac, Devil of Brooklyn is a hip speakeasy bar. With its warm atmosphere, impressive decor and wide range of cocktails it's one not to miss. Follow Devil of Brooklyn on Instagram to find out more.

Bar Vini

Tucked away in the southside of the city is the trendy but intimate Bar Vini. Enjoy cocktails at cosy tables or the stylish bar. Tunes are turned up and staff are super friendly. And a tasty Italian menu is on hand if you get peckish. Follow Bar Vini on Instagram.

Speakeasy

A red seating booth and a round wooden table with a board game on it.

Glasgow’s self-declared, original Speakeasy. This late-night drinking den in Merchant City is open to everyone. Private booths make it a great place for a date while retro tunes add a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Find out more at speakeasyglasgow.co.uk.

Kelvingrove Café

You’ll find this stunning brasserie bar in trendy Finnieston. A chic setting for a drink, the cocktail menu is a curated selection of 14 classics including Mojitos, Negronis and Martinis. And if you need a bite to eat, the food menu is excellent too. Visit Kelvingrove Cafe to view the menu.

Tabac

Tucked away in Mitchell Lane you’ll find Tabac Bar, a cosy and vibrant spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy cocktails in sultry lighting, perfect for date night. Follow Tabac’s Instagram for more details.

Red Sky Bar

Slightly distorted view from a rooftop at night. Two people are sitting at tables and their is a neon red sign that reads 'Red Sky Bar'. In this distance you can see a river and a crane.

For a rooftop cocktail, head to Red Sky Bar in Finnieston. Enjoy signature mixes such as a Glas-vegas Fizz or a Sky High Sling while taking in panoramic views across the River Clyde. If you’re after a dance with your cocktail, there are DJs every weekend from 9pm. Visit Red Sky Bar’s website to find out more.

Chinaski's

Chinaski's in Charing Cross is the perfect place for a cocktail by candlelight. The cosy bar’s decor subtly celebrates poet Charles Bukowski, with bourbon featuring on much of their menu. They also have an excellent beer garden which is covered and heated throughout the year. View the menu at Chinaski's website.

The Gate

Located in the east end, The Gate is a hidden gem offering an intimate space to enjoy creative cocktails. Described as a modern Scottish pub, it’s also been declared on of Glasgow’s Great Whisky pubs. Visit The Gate's website to find out what they’re currently serving.

Metropolitan Bar

For plenty of choice, head to Metropolitan Bar located in Merchant Square. Their cocktail list is extensive. Enjoy your drinks in the decadent piano lounge, or under the twinkling lights of the indoor courtyard. View the menu at metropolitan-bar.com.

Ralph and Finns

Found on St Vincent Place, Ralph and Finns is a family-run bar and restaurant making a statement. Their characterful cocktails, such as Fettercairn Fizz and Watermelon Collins are served around a striking marble bar. Visit Ralph and Finns website to find out more.

The Anchor Line

Experience cocktails in the former headquarters of The Anchor Line shipping company. Heritage is all around as you step into this opulent New York-style bar. While the inspiration for signature mixes like the Bobby Burns and Nauti Boy come from pre and post-prohibition style drinks. View the full menu at The Anchor Line website..

Gin 71

If gin is your tipple, you’ll love Glasgow’s first dedicated gin bar, Gin 71. With 71 varieties from around the world and their own homemade tonics, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Their cocktails are delicious too, and if you're open to sharing they’ll serve them up in a glamorous teapot! Find out more at Gin 71.

Boom Battle Bar

If you like the idea of a Long Island iced-tea with a game of ping pong then Boom Battle Bar is for you. Located in St Enoch Centre, you can enjoy cocktails alongside a variety of games including axe throwing, shuffleboard and crazier nolf (golf with your hands!). Visit the Boom Battle Bar website to find out more.

Glaschu

Glaschu’s bar offers a cracking Glasgow cocktail. Their menu is named after current or historic Glaswegians. So, you can enjoy a Mackintosh, Capaldi, or The Big Yin as you look down over the iconic Royal Exchange Square. See the full menu at Glaschu Restaurant website..

October

Located on the top floor of Princes Square, October is a relaxed and funky terrace bar and restaurant. Full of a party atmosphere, enjoy a Chanel No 5 Bramble or Drumstick Martini as well as unique Cocktail Trees. Or book into one of their brand new cocktail masterclasses, ideal for groups. Find out more at October's website.

The Ivy

The Ivy on Buchanan St is a chilled-out haven in the heart of the buzzing high street. Featuring two stunning onyx bars with mixologists serving up cocktails such as Wolfie’s Smash and The Lost Paloma. Enjoy them alongside live music in a luxurious atmosphere. Book your spot at The Ivy's website.

Article last updated: January 2024

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