Top 50 Cocktail Bars

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The Gate

Glasgow

The Gate is a hidden gem of a cocktail bar in Glasgow and the perfect spot for all whisky enthusiasts.

The Gate is a hidden gem of a cocktail bar in Glasgow and the perfect spot for all whisky enthusiasts.

The East End neighbourhood venue has a bright yellow door, meaning it isn’t to be missed. While it is famous for its cocktails it describes itself as a “modern Scottish pub.” Located directly across from Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom, the venue boasts some history as it has been reported there has been a pub on site since 1820.

It has kept the look of a traditional pub retaining many original features including the fireplace and oak beams and a reclaimed wooden floor and bar top.  

The bar is dedicated to showcasing everything great about Scotland, from the incredible produce to its famous hospitality.

The cocktail menu changes every few months with 12 drinks created by the bartenders. Currently on the menu is Grapes of Wrath, with Haku vodka, peach, lemon, grape soda, and Smoke & Mirrors with Ojo De Tigre Mezcal, Manzanilla Sherry, olive and cucumber.

Drinks have a big focus on Scottish brands with over 160 whiskies, hand selected to showcase the diverse flavour profiles of its national drink, alongside an expanding selection of 30 gins as well as range of craft beers and wine. But it is a relaxed venue and it is okay to just come in for a beer and enjoy that pint.

The bar makes a bold claim that it serves the “best toasties in the city.”  For those wanting a snack there is the cheese toastie which includes Cheddar, Gouda and Mozzarella with Windmill Hot Sauce Dip and the Pecorino, Gouda and Spicy ‘Nduja toastie with Smoky Paprika Ketchup Dip. There are bar snacks for those wanting a little something including a cheese & Charcuterie Board and Peanut Butter Pretzels. The bar also hosts a number of dark kitchen food takeovers with Scotland’s best chefs.

The pub is owned by Andy Gemmell.

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