17 Dec Top 6 Bars to Enjoy a Festive Cocktail in Glasgow

Whether you are out celebrating the festive season with your work colleagues or are in need of a drink stop in-between hitting the shops nothing beats a Christmas cocktail.

Here’s a list of our favourite Glasgow cocktail bars and their top festive tipples:

  1. The Salon Bar

Located on the first floor of the 5 star hotel Blythswood Square, the Salon bar has been named one of ‘the best bars in the world’ by Class magazine.  This elegant cocktail bar overlooks the pretty Blythswood Sqare Gardens and is renowned for its top notch cocktails.

They have a great variety of festive mixes, but our favourites have to be the fruity Santa Baby which is Ketel One Citroen, crème de peche, fresh orange, cranberry sauce and vanilla sugar. Along with the potent Black Friday: Remy Martin VSOP, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Pedro Ximenez, Cocchi Americano and cherries.

The Salon Bar

The Salon Bar

 

2. The Finnieston Bar

As the name suggests the Finnieston bar and restaurant is located in the vibrant Finnieston area of Glasgow on Argyle Street.  This seafood bar and restaurant specialize in sustainable, ethically – sourced Scottish seafood as well as being the city’s original gin bar.

The cocktail menu changes seasonally and comprises carefully sourced spirits from across the globe. They also offer a variety of bespoke draught beers and fine champagnes.  Seasonal favourites include mulled wine or the uniquely refreshing North Sea Cooler which is a combination of Shetland Reel gin, Cocchi Americano, Fentimans Ginger ale, fresh mint, lemon and sugar.

The Finnieston Bar - North Sea Cooler

The Finnieston Bar – North Sea Cooler

3. Rogano –The  Oyster Bar

Set in the midst of Glasgow’s shopping district Rogano Bar is the perfect place to refresh between shops. Originally built in 1935 this is the oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow. The Oyster Bar offers a great range of cocktails and with its impressive art deco style it makes the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere while sipping on a classic martini. Why not treat yourself to some delicious Oysters too or if you want to make a night of it the Rogano menu comes highly recommend too.

Ann from Oyster bar recommends the Matahari for this festive season,

Chilli infused Tequila, triple sec, fresh lemon juice with a dash of elderflower cordial all served in a martini glass.

Rogano Oyster Bar

Rogano Oyster Bar

 

4. Blue Dog

Blue Dog is a New York style piano bar situated on West George Street, Glasgow. It has an extensive cocktail menu which leaves you spoilt for choice. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and they even offer a loyalty discount card.  Offering everything from classic cocktails to more contemporary mixes – one cocktail won’t be enough.

Try the classic festive favourite Egg Nog, or one of their more unique specialities: Cherry and chocolate Caipirinha, Davna cherry vodka, Gabriel boudier crème de cacao, fresh limes and white sugar.

 

5. Soba Bar

Soba have been creating top notch cocktails in Glasgow since they opened on Mitchell Lane in 1999 as one of Glasgow’s first dedicated cocktail bars.  Offering a unique mix of exhilarating cocktails and tasty pan-Asian cuisine they have expanded over the past 16 years to open another two bars in Glasgow plus several others further afield.

This Christmas their master mixologist Scott Stevens has created an innovative menu of festive drinks that are guaranteed to get the taste buds watering.  Our favourites include the Ninjabread Man, and the Naughty List.

Ninjabread Man  – Sugary-sweet Gingerbread with a ninja kick! Sailor jerry spiced rum, Vanilla Schnapps and Grand Marnier shaken with gingerbread syrup. Garnished with a cinnamon apple slice and a cheery looking gingerbread man (who, sadly, hasn’t realised his card is marked…).

The Naughty List  – Christmas would be flat without bubbles so we’ve given a classic fizz a Festive twist. Homemade spiced port syrup, Grand Marnier, Xante pear liqueur and lemon juice, charged with chilled Prosecco. Garnished with a cinnamon spiced pear slice. It’s nice if you’re feeling naughty!

Bar Soba - The Naughty List

Bar Soba – The Naughty List

 

6. Tiki Bar

An exotic haven in the city centre of Glasgow, Tiki bar offers a welcome escape from the wild winter weather outside.  Not necessarily the most festive menu but their innovative cocktails transport you to an exotic paradise with tropical flavours such as mango, passionfruit, coconut and rum.  They offer a great range of quirky mixes but for those less adventurous the classics are available too. To add to the experience the cocktails are made from fresh juices, homemade syrups and are served in a unique ceramic tiki mugs.  If you’re feeling peckish step upstairs to the Kitsch Inn which serves fresh and tasty Thai food.

Try a Clyde Fog Cutter a weegie twist on a Tiki favourite.  Angostura Reserva rum, beefeater gin, brandy, lemon and orange juices sweetened with almond syrup.  Finished with a home-made Clyde built fortified Buckiki wine float.

 

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Lorraine Evans

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