Best cocktails in Glasgow

Wael Makki | Date posted - 19 Oct 2018

Do you like it dirty, with a twist or one the rocks? Are you someone who likes to sin with gin, or power through to the wee small hours on bourbon? Glasgow’s cocktail bars all have the perfect serve for you. We’ve listed the best cocktails in Glasgow, be ready to get your mind blown – and hopefully not your budget.


If you’re in the mood for Mexican cocktails, Topolabamba is the place to head in town. This Mexican restaurant and bar is already famous for its fabulous tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas. However what we love the most is their drinks, you’re definitely in for an authentic Mexican experience. They’ve got different varieties of margaritas with cool flavours like pineapple, passionfruit and watermelon, that will make you want to dance on the bar (yeah, the power of margaritas). Wait no more and book your table! And you know what they say, “drinking tequila is more about the journey than the destination”.

We recommend: the Jose Cuervo house Margarita (1 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Silver, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz triple sec, ice, lime, salt)

Kelvingrove cafe

117 years ago, this spot used to be an Ice Factory. Today, it’s one the top spot for the best cocktails in Glasgow.
Their team of skilled bartenders are eager to make your any of your favourite classics, but you should check out their cocktail menu because they’ve got pretty amazing signatures. Inspired by recipes coming from all around the world, their cocktails will 100% awaken your taste buds. They also have amazing wines and beers if you friends are not big cocktail fans (how dare they!) as well as bar food that will help prevent damages for your morning hangover.

We recommend the Brooklyn (1.5 oz Woodford Rye, 1.5 oz Dolin Dry, ⅓ oz Maraschino, ⅓ oz Picon club)

Anchor Line

The Anchor line showcases the best of Scottish produce with influences from both sides of the Atlantic. So if you feel like having a good drink to accompany your fresh oysters, lobster or scallops, check out their extensive cocktail list, with classics lying alongside some of their own signature twists. Feeling inspired? At the Anchor line, they let you design your own drink. Choose your base spirit, style, garnish, and let the magic happens. And don’t panic, If you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing, their expert bartender will point you in the right direction.

We recommend: The Spiced Pear Mule (1.5 oz ginger infused Finlandia, 1.5 oz Davna Bizon, spiced puree, lime juice, syrup, Angostura bitters and ⅛ tsp of ginger beer)


Located in Glasgow’s animated West End, this award winning Bar & Grill prepare some pretty awesome cocktails. They have a wide range based on their great selection of bourbon, vodka, tequila, whisky, rum, gin, and champagne. Pick one of their deliciously-made classics or dare to try their signatures, at The Butchershop you’re definitely in for a new experience. Their drinks menu literally is 10 pages long, and you should check it out!

We recommend: The Bobby Burns cocktail (1.5 oz Glenfarclas 10, ⅔ oz sweet vermouth, ½ oz Benedictine and 2 dashes aromatic bitters)


If atmosphere is what you’re looking for, then it doesn’t come more heavily in abundance than at Cup’s cosy bar. Located in the heart of Glasgow’s stylish Merchant City, Cup offer some pretty amazing cocktails. From their own creation and sparkling cocktails to their Ginlinis and sharing cocktails, there is one for everyone’s taste. Their drinks menu also contains lots and lots of different liquors coming from all around the world. It is the place for liquors lovers and in here you’ll be sure to find some of the best cocktails in Glasgow.

We recommend: The Conquistador (2 oz Columbian Treasure Fin, 2 oz St. German Elderflower, lime, basil)

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