‘Morning my little drammers! It’s been way-too-long since I last came up with one of my “where to enjoy a good dram in…” piece, and I actually even realised that I never featured Glasgow in this series… Still trying to figure out what’s wrong with me.
But hey, it’s high time I rectify this mistake and provide you with a personal shortlist of my favourite go-to whisky hotspots in Scotland’s largest city. Be prepared for some real mouth-watering teasing lines & pictures if you dare scrolling down this page…
The Pot Still – of course!
My N°1 favourite whisky spot in Glasgow for sure… And a long-lasting institution amongst Glaswegian & tourists alike.
Definitely one of Glasgow best whisky bars (yes, even from a fairly objective point of view…). More whisky than you can handle (more than 600 whiskies currently behind the bar…), some old & rare expressions, from Scotch, Irish, American to Japanese and even French whisky ( \o/ #NationalPride ) along with more common names served aside cask ales, draught and bottled beers and homemade pies & toasties for those who fancy a small bite to eat with their dram.
The bar has been runned as a family business (come on, it’s not like you’ve never heard of the Murphy Dynasty while talking to basically any Glaswegian whisky lover…) since 5 years now, receiving many awards for its selection & welcoming atmosphere. A must-go while in Glasgow! (and if all of this hasn’t convinced you yet, note that you’ll also be able to meet Glasgow’s one and only blue-bearded-Jedi bartender there… now you’ve got no excuse.)
Address: 154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH
The Bon Accord
More than 800 different real ales sold per year and an impressive selection of 400+ whiskies of which many old and rare nectars; “the pinnacle of our collection being our 70-year-old Glenlivet.”
Don’t know when this statement was made, but last time I went there (which means 2 weeks ago), I spotted the famous drop-shaped bottle of Mortlach 75 years old released by Gordon&Macphail last year… See, there’s literally something for every budget there – and one of the best Port Ellen selection I’ve seen in a bar.
Also worth noting for the technology addicts (and short-sighted people like me), you can browse their entire selection very easily through their iPad list (see below pictures). Kudos to them for this!
Address: 153 North St, Glasgow G3 7DA
Phone: 0141 248 4427
One that has been many times recommended to me by locals. Even though the selection is not as large as the two previously mentioned bars, this is definitely a place worth checking out, especially for its stunning façade and stained-glass windows.
A very traditional Scottish feel to it and an interesting story to read in the male toilets 😉 [Always the attention to detail I know… Not like I’ve been to the male toilets though… But hey, people talk.]. Apart from that, I would also gladly invite you to check out their music programme for some celtic jaming sessions.
Address: 206 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6UN
Not the most impressive selection of whisky (still around 75 on offer) but a seriously-cool place worth a visit while you’re in Glasgow (food and beers are great too).
Located on Woodlands Road in Glasgow’s West End and being only a few minutes from Glasgow University and Kelvinbridge underground station DRAM! is a firm favourite of locals and students alike.
Bright (lovely big windows to stare out from and watch the world go by – a must-go for people watchers) but cosy; with lots of comfy corners, candles, recycled and re-used furniture and fittings – and the odd stag’s head or two… Perfect to lose a few hours in Glasgow’s West end!
Student societies and groups often meet up at DRAM! so if you’re looking for a casual, cool and youngish meeting venue or sponsorship – look no further!
Address: 232 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6ND
A real must-go and probably the first bar I ever went to in Glasgow, nestled within a majestic old church and therefore boasting a very unique atmosphere.
The Whisky Bar is one of the west end’s most popular destinations, boasting over 280 malts. And you’re always guaranteed a traditional warm Scottish welcome in this cultural meeting place. If you fancy a bite to eat, the John Muir Room menu is available in the bar (I personally recommend the haggis bonbons & goat cheese salad). Also worth noting is the beautiful artistic piece from Alasdair Gray in The Auditorium, one of the largest pieces of publict art in Scotland.
Address: Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX