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How to Enjoy Burns Night from Home

In the height of winter, Burns Night is a special celebration combining Scottish food, poetry and a whisky, or two, to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. This Burns Night (January 25) may be different from usual, but we can still celebrate from home by joining a virtual experience or ordering in a Burns-themed meal or cocktail from Glasgow restaurants, bars and distilleries. Check out our ideas on how to enjoy celebrating the National Bard from home this year!

Virtual Burns Whisky Tasting - Once Upon a Whisky / Glasgow Distillery

Monday, January 25 & Thursday, January 28
Tickets £35

Join an expert guide from Once Upon A Whisky tours, Camilo Gomez, as he guides you through five Glasgow Distillery 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Hear stories about the Bard, one of Scotland's most renowned personalities, and expect a couple of surprises and treats along the way! Book the Virtual Burns Whisky Tasting.

Glasgow Distillery also have some Burns Night Bundles with special offers across their full Glasgow 1770 range, such as purchase any bottle of 1770 Single Malt Scotch and receive a free Glasgow 1770 hip-flask, made with stainless steel and wrapped in black tweed. Or purchase the 1770 Miniature Selection Gift Set and receive a free Glasgow 1770 whisky glass. Shop for the Burns Night Bundles; offers end at midnight on January 26.

Beatson Cancer Charity - Bard & His Belles Burns Supper

Friday, January 22 at 7.30pm
Tickets £30

The Beatson Cancer Charity, based at Gartnavel Hospital, are bringing their annual Bard & His Belles Burns Supper to your home this year. Hosted by Alison Walker, tune in via YouTube for an evening of live entertainment, including speakers Karen Dunbar, Hazel Irvine and Eric Davidson, an 'all about Burns' quiz and the chance to jig in your living room to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. There are also amazing prizes to be won, such as unique staycations, at their 'all about Scotland' online auction. Get tickets for The Bard and His Belles and help raise vital funds to support patients and families at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. 

National Trust for Scotland - Big Burns Night In

Saturday, January 23
Tickets from £18

Hosted by Edith Bowman, the National Trust for Scotland's Big Burns Night In includes music from Talisk, a cocktail masterclass by The Glenlivet, exclusive insights into the life of Scotland’s national Bard and some special guests who’ll bring the traditional Burns Supper to life, including the world-famous ‘Address to the Haggis’. The National Trust for Scotland cares for the world’s biggest collection of Burns artefacts, as well as the cottage where he was born. Book tickets for the Big Burns Night In here.

Celtic Connections 

Until February 2
Tickets prices vary

Musician James Grant sits on a chair on the stage in the empty auditorium of Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket preparing to be filmed for Celtic Connections digital-first festivalJames Grant at the Old Fruitmarket. Image Credit: Gaelle Beri

Tune in for one of the many performances taking place at the digital-first Celtic Connections 2021 and enjoy some traditional music this Burns Night. The annual winter festival is one of the top Scottish experiences on the calendar. Performances have been filmed in much-loved Glasgow venues, as well as remotely by international artists. Browse the eclectic programme and choose from the 30 performances or simply go for the event on Burns Night itself (January 25), which is Scottish singer/songwriter James Grant & the Hallelujah String Quartet. They will be joined by Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke, multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Siobhan Wilson and nu-folk singer-songwriter Zoë Bestel. Book tickets for Celtic Connections 2021 here and for more ideas on which performances to watch, check out our Top Picks of the Festival Blog by Festival Creative Producer, Donald Shaw.

Burns-themed food and drink deliveries

The Loveable Rogue

The Great Western Road restaurant known for their unique twists on traditional dishes is offering deliveries for one-week only of their Rogue at Hame Burns Night Special. Enjoy haggis, neeps and tatties (veggie option available also) or one of their popular dishes, such as lobster mac n cheese, for a scrummy night in. Visit The Rogue At Home to see which postcodes they deliver to.

West Beer

Hoffenhawf is West’s brand new beer which was developed in collaboration, and to be paired perfectly with, Glenfiddich Whisky. Visit here to pre-order Hoffenhawf and their Burns Night packages, with beer, whisky and bites just in time to celebrate the Bard.

The Gate

For specially-curated whisky cocktails to toast The Bard this weekend, order from The Gate who have teamed up with Glenmorangie and Ardbeg to create a cocktail and dram box. You will also be invited to join a virtual masterclass where you will hear more about the cocktails and the Burns poems that inspired them. Order before midnight on Thursday, January 21.

Ralph and Finns 

In collaboration with Glasgow Cocktail Collective, Ralph and Finns are bringing you whisky cocktails at home to celebrate Robert Burns and to capture the essence of the restaurants' Whisky Room. Order a 3 highball whisky flight for delivery straight to your door for £25.

Red Onion

Red Onion in the city centre prepare high quality meals for people to heat and enjoy from home. For this weekend, they have added a traditional Burns supper to the menu, with creamy cullen skink to start, Ramsay of Carluke's haggis for main and raspberry and drambuie cheesecake for dessert. As always, they have gluten-free and vegan options available. Order directly from the Red Onion website.

Five March

Five March have teamed up with Glenfiddich to offer three courses, a whisky flight and an online tasting on Burns Night. The exclusive menu includes dishes such as venison, haggis croquette, cauliflower puree and swede kimchi (vegetarian menu also available). Book via their website fivemarch.co.uk.

Check out our Glasgow Now section for more inspiration on how to enjoy the city just now.

Article updated: January 2021