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 Bungo

The Bungo bar and restaurant are offering a fabulous three course Christmas meal along with a range of delicious cocktails for the festive season. This bar is also dog friendly, meaning your favourite four-legged friend can enjoy the festivities too!

Our favourite cocktail has to be the Mademoiselle Pampelmousse – Stolichnaya Vodka, Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Fresh Lemon and Grapefruit.

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The Bungo

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 Botanical Elder which is a combination of Botanist, Apricot Liqueur and Elderflower Tonic.

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The Finnieston Bar

 

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.

Our favourite from this bar would have to be the NY Sour – Fresh lemon juice, bourbon sugar syrup, and egg white with Merlot float.

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 mixologists have created an innovative menu of festive drinks that are guaranteed to get the taste buds watering.  Our favourites on the cocktail menu include the Raspberry and White Chocolate Martini, and the Kiwi Chi.

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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 Coconut Grenade – Bacardi Blanco rum, fresh passion fruit juices, and coconut cream.

 

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Lorraine Evans

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