From cosy bars complete with whisky-loving locals and tasting sessions, to specialist retailers and distillery tours, Glasgow has a lot to offer when it comes our renowned national drink.
No visit to Glasgow is complete without a visit to one of the area's whisky distilleries.
Glengoyne Distillery is within easy reach of Glasgow and is open to visitors all year round. The distillery operates a selection of tours including the Master Blender Session where guests can create their very own blended whisky.
Sitting on the bank of the River Clyde, Auchentoshan Distillery is home to Scotland's only triple distilled single malt whisky. The distillery, conveniently located 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre and 15 minutes from Glasgow Airport, offers in-depth distillery tours and whisky masterclasses. “The Story of Oak" tour provides the opportunity to experience the distinctive influence of different casks on Auchentoshan whisky as well as the impact of age.
Auchentoshan in Old Scots means 'corner of the field'.
The first new distillery in the city of Glasgow for over 100 years, the original Glasgow distillery is set to be revived in the heart of the city on the River Clyde. The Pump House, home to The Glasgow Distillery, will bring the past and the present together, allowing visitors to enjoy the pioneering journeys of Scotland's unique golden cargo whilst being captivated by tales of the spirit's global reach today.
The whisky stills are making their way to The Pump House and Glasgow’s first whisky will be laid down before the end of 2014. Further details and updates on progress can be found here.
Glasgow is also famous for its whisky bars, with some of the finest collections of malt whisky in Scotland.
The Pot Still, named after the earliest whisky stills, is a wonderful little pub and visitors return time and time again. With an impressive gantry, the bar has more whisky than you can handle, all served up by knowledgeable and cheery staff.
The Bon Accord ale house & malt whisky bar at Charing Cross has 380 malt whiskies in stock and is one of the most highly regarded pubs in Scotland.
Taking pride of place on the corner of the lively Finnieston area, the Ben Nevis is home to an outstanding range of whiskies. Once inside, it’s easy to imagine you have stepped into a pub deep in the Scottish mountains with conversation flowing between jolly locals and visitors alike.
As you explore the city, you'll find a wide range of malt whiskies, including many rare and hard to find bottles in The Good Spirits Co. just off Buchanan Street on the Style Mile.
Glasgow-born company, Scotch Broth Events, offer unique experiences in whisky tasting. From organising group tasting sessions, to creating bite-sized whisky food pairings, Scotch Broth can provide bespoke sessions and menus to suit your event.
Whisky Tastings also provide a tailored whisky experience to suit your requirements. By de-mystifying the complexity surrounding malts, Whisky Tastings ensure an entertaining event to remember.
In addition to whisky distilling Glasgow also has an enviable reputation for breweries and microbreweries.
Drygate is the UK’s first experiential craft brewery, located in Wellpark in the city’s East End. This collaborative and creative brewery has made a name for itself quickly with its exceptional craft beers, so pop along and enjoy a brew in their beer hall, award winning restaurant and elevated beer garden. To find out more about the brewery, why not take a tour one Sunday?
Drygate has Glasgow’s third river – the Molendinar - running underneath it
Located near Drygate at the Wellpark Brewery, Tennent’s was founded in 1740 by Hugh and Robert Tennent. Home of Scotland’s market leading brand of pale lager, Tennent’s Lager, Wellpark is also home to the Tennent’s Training Academy where you can learn how to create a magnitude of dishes, from curries to chocolates!
Located in the beautiful Templeton Carpet factory next to Glasgow Green, WEST brewery is one of the UK’s most advanced small breweries. Using a combination of traditional techniques and cutting age technology WEST’s mission is to brew the finest beer in the UK, and are also the only brewery in the UK to produce beers according to the German Reinheitsgebot purity law!
Shilling Brewing Co. is the first to bring the brewpub experience to the heart of Glasgow. A place where an appreciation of the art and science of brewing is at the core of what we do and for all to see, taste and enjoy. Beer masterclasses are available to book Alongside beer, pizza is their speciality; made from scratch in house by Roberto their pizzaiolo, who uses his own special recipe to make his dough along with a blend of baker’s and brewer’s yeast from the on-site brewery.