We love gin, and have a collection of wonderful bottles at home but we also love a trip into town for a few G&Ts and sometimes something a little more exquisite so here’s our top choices for gin in Glasgow.
With a choice of gin so large that it has its own wall, this Salon du thé becomes a gin palace at night. The interior is beautiful, so it’s well worth a visit just to see inside. We think it would take you a few weeks to work through the different kinds of gin though!
Gin 71, Renfield St, GlasgowG2 1LP, 0141 353 295
Alston Bar & Beef
Tucked away underneath Glasgow Central Station and accessed through an unassuming door it’s easy to walk past Alston, but try not to. Down the steps you are transported to a cave of gin (and more). Gins are listed by country and come served in beautiful glasses. It’s well worth missing a train for!
Alston Bar & Beef, Glasgow Central Station, 79 Gordon St, Glasgow, G1 3SL
The Anchor Line
The Anchor Line takes its name from the building in which it is housed, the former Anchor Line Shipping Co who once ran ships from Glasgow to New York were based here. Designed with the opulence of a cruise ship let it transport you a time before stressful airports. Look out for the anchors and other nautical elements in the building design and then admire the huge bar whilst watching St Vincent Place pass by.
The Anchor Line, 12 St Vincent Place, G1 2DH, 0141 248 1434
The Finnieston Bar & Restaurant
Named after the area in which is resides, where you will find Glasgow’s most transformed selection of bars and restaurants, The Finnieston perhaps started the gin revolution in Glasgow. There’s a huge selection, as well as many other spirits besides, The cocktail menu is understandably focused towards gin and if you like seafood then it’s a double plus!
The Finnieston Bar & Restaurant, 1125 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8ND
“A spot of tea” is the draw cocktail here and it’s not your usual cuppa, made with Earl Grey syrup, Pimms, apricot jam, lemon juice, bitters, egg white and of course Bombay Sapphire. Relax over cocktails or join in with the weekend DJ.
Malmaison, 278 W George St, Glasgow G2 4LL 0141 378 0384
Perhaps the only place outside of Catalonia where you’re likely to encounter “Panther Milk” (a mix of condensed milk, rum, gin, Cointreau, peppermint and cinnamon) the selection of gin, beer and wine is worth a look in too. The food is also earning rave reviews.
Tabac, 10 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU, 0141 572 1448
158 Cafe Bar at Hutchesons
Where better to sit and relax than in the historic Hutchesons, site of a 19th Century hospital. Pick a medicinal Cucumber Collins whilst relaxing in the downstairs bar and if you’re peckish head upstairs for some of the best steak in Glasgow.
158 Cafe Bar at Hutchesons, 158 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EJ 0141 552 4050.
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Emma is a freelance writer living in Glasgow. Loving all things food, she started her own blog, Food and Drink Glasgow, to record her dining experiences in and around Glasgow. The blog showcases the best of Glasgow as well as Edinburgh and some choice picks of Europe. With the top spot on Urbanspoon for Glasgow as well as a BBC Good Food Show Blogger spell under her belt, there's not much she hasn't tasted.