Love it or loathe it, you’d have to be living under a rock right now to miss the recent gin renaissance sweeping Glasgow.
With specialist gin bars hosting every single gin you can imagine, new and exciting gin cocktails appearing and gin lists that would blow a gin lovers mind, the city gin scene is currently thriving.
So if your gin of choice is usually a Gordon’s with a skoosh of draft tonic then you need to catch up.
Here’s the top five places to grab a gin in Glasgow.
Alston Bar & Beef
Tucked away quietly underneath Central Station, you’d be forgiven for not even noticing the discreet front entrance to Alston Bar & Beef which is located inside the actual station. But this would be a mistake. For Alston’s gin list is something to behold. Not only do they serve a fantastic selection of the spirit listed by country on their dedicated gin menu, they also do some of the best gin cocktails in Glasgow.
Try the: Gin Smash. Hayman’s London Dry gin, lemon juice, mint & green tea syrup smashed together in a glass. According to the staff this is one of their most popular gin drinks. After one sip you”ll see why.
Glasgow Central Station, 79 Gordon St, G1 3SL, 0141 221 7627, alstonglasgow.co.uk
The Anchor Line
Named after the famous Glasgow to New York shipping company, The Anchor Line on St Vincent’s Place is the epitome of class. And what could be classier than sipping your gin in this pre and post inhibition style bar? The Anchor Line are bringing some old gin classics back to life and many with an Anchor Line signature twist.
Try the: Dirty Martini. This famous cocktail contains only three ingredients: your favourite gin, vermouth and a splash of olive brine. But it’s all in the making and the bar staff at The Anchor Line seriously know their stuff. Shaken or stirred? You decide.
12 St Vincent Place, G1 2DH, 0141 248 1434, theanchorline.co.uk
Previously Bar Ten, recently opened Tabac has been a hit with many a city centre patron since it opened its doors last March. And with offerings such as Panther Milk (a heady combination of gin and other spirits mixed with condensed milk and peppermint), it’s easy to see why. This dark and moody drinking den offers a pretty decent selection of designer gins along with a tasty gin twist on your usual Bloody Mary.
Try the: Gin Sours. A somewhat different take on the usual whisky cocktail, a lot of time and effort goes into Tabac’s gin version. And you won’t mind the wait when you taste it. Because whisky is just so passé…
10 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU, 0141 572 1448, facebook.com/tabac.glasgow
Probably hosting the largest gin selection in Glasgow, Gin 71 has dedicated an entire wall (that’s floor to ceiling) with every single kind of gin you can think of. If Gin 71 don’t have it – it’s probably not worth drinking. These guys have hand picked the very best gins from around the globe and a proper gin fan could quite easily lose days in Gin 71. Just be careful you don’t.
Try the: Classic Gin & Tonic. Keep it simple in here with a classic G&T. This is what they do best and their massive range of specialist gins along with premium style tonics mean you have little chance of being bored.
71 Renfield St, G2 1LP, 0141 353 2959, gin71.com
Not exactly tan establishment you would automatically affiliate with gin drinking, The Meat Bar on Glasgow’s West Regent Street, proudly employs some of the best drinks makers in the city, along with an interesting way of spicing up a relatively standard gin drink – meat. Try your gin cocktail with a pork rib or a slice of bacon for a truly unique experience.
Try the: Gibson Martini. More of a hit with those forward thinking and trendy Londoners, the Meat Bar was one of the first places in Glasgow to catch on and start making the Gibson Martini, which is a classic Gin Martini splashed and garnished with pickled onion in it’s juice. Tasty. But perhaps not one for date night.
142 West Regent Street, G2 2RQ, 0141 204 3605, themeatbar.co.uk