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24th Sep 2021

Glasgow’s Biggest Cocktail Festival Returns Today

Glasgow’s Biggest Cocktail Festival Returns Today

Glasgow Cocktail Week (24 September – 3 October) starts today for a full city cocktail takeover for the next ten days. To celebrate they have released three cocktail tours in partnership with Halewood artisanal drinks for guests to explore some of the city’s best bars including recently opened Abandon Ship Bar, sky-high VEGA and Moskito.

With over 30 of Glasgow’s most loved venues taking part, you’re invited to plan your cocktail adventure and get exploring the city one sip at a time.

Ticket holders will once again enjoy cocktail sampling, exciting events and access 100s of exclusively discounted cocktails and unlock Glasgow Cocktail Week menus featuring imaginative £5 serves with their wristbands or digital tickets at a host of top venues across the city.

There are three cocktail trails this year to explore. A city centre tour featuring Ralph & Finns, The Citizen, Anchor Line, Platform, Abandon Ship Bar, Tabac and VEGA. If you fancy heading WEST, try their City/ West tour featuring Dakota, Moskito, Tiki, Finnieston, Fore Play Crazy Golf, The Parlour, Cranside Kitchen and Vodka Vodka to name a few.

Or head on to the Merchant City / East and visit the likes of The Spiritualist, The Gate, Bowlarama, The DAM and St Lukes to enjoy imaginative cocktails.

You’ll also find memorable moments with a raft of fun events created exclusively for the festival to celebrate cocktail culture in Glasgow.

On Friday 24th  + Saturday 25th September there’s a silent disco in the sky at VEGA on the top floor of Yotel called Silent Disco Drinks with beautiful backdrops, delicious drinks combining neon-lit silent disco, with a different music genre to match Instagrammable cocktails. Guests will flick between the channels and sip on bespoke serves. You can enjoy a Whitley Neill gin bramble a Dead Man’s Fingers tiki rum punch and a JJ Whitley gold espresso martini.

On Sunday 26th September head to The Gate for Brunch Bingo and enjoy a Glasgow Cocktail Week takeover with Yardhead whisky. Penicillin and pornstar martini slushies, alongside silly prizes and a whole lot of fun.

Next week (Thursday, 30th September) in a first for Glasgow, experience Whitley Neill’s Connoisseur’s Cut gin at A Cut Above party and tasting event at The Spiritualist. With a DJ soundtracking the evening and complimentary drinks, ticket holders will celebrate this exceptional gin that pays homage to the Whitley Neill family and its distilling beginnings.

Then on Saturday 2nd October, Bowlarama is hosting a series of interactive masterclasses to shake things up. A make your own mojito session with Dead Man’s Fingers and a World of Whitley Neill gin sampling with Fevertree tonic is happening from 12 – 6pm.

A pink Tequila Rose Scotland Cart Tour will also be popping up over the ten days in venues including Fore Play Crazy Golf for ticket holders to enjoy.

Wheesht – the hidden speakeasy is coming back for one night only in a top-secret event to celebrate Glasgow Cocktail Week on the 28th of September. Head to to find out more.

To close the festival on Sunday 3rd October, there’s a jazz and gin Sunday called Fin & Gin at the Finnieston celebrating the best of Scottish seafood and award-winning gin.

Glasgow Cocktail Week organiser, Nicola Moir, explains: 

“Our cocktail tours are a great way to discover hidden bars and venues across Glasgow. Get your friends together and go out and explore the city’s best bars. We’ve got a packed programme this year with exciting masterclasses, tastings and parties and we can’t wait to take over the city.”

Guests that purchase an All Access ticket will enjoy one session at our silent disco in the sky at VEGA, a wristband to unlock exclusive menus and £5 drinks in the festival and your pick of the events below! Choose to go as many as you wish as part of your ticket price.

Glasgow Cocktail Week 2021 Lineup


Silent Disco Drinks

When: Fri 24th – Sat 25th Sept

Where: VEGA, Top floor YOTEL Glasgow,  260 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8QW

New for 2021, we’re putting the fun back into going out with an event up in the sky VEGA- Glasgow’s hottest new opening in YOTEL Glasgow.

Enjoy the best views of the city as you dance the night away to cheesy hits, dance classics or disco at our neon-lit silent disco in the sky, each soundtracked with a beautiful cocktail.  Guests will flick between the channels and sip on bespoke serves. We’ve got a JJ Whitley Espresso Martini, a Scottish bramble with Whitley Neill gin and a Dead Man’s Fingers Tiki punch with a few surprises to boot!

Brunch Bingo
When Sunday, 26th September
Where: The Gate, 251 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TP

We’ve teamed up with The Gate for a Glasgow Cocktail Week takeover of their brunch bingo. Expect Penicillin and pornstar martini slushies, silly prizes and a whole lot of fun

A Cut Above 

When Thursday 30th September 

Where: The Spiritualist

In a first for Glasgow, experience Whitley Neill’s Connoisseur’s Cut gin at this exclusive tasting event celebrating this exceptional gin that pays homage to the Whitley Neill family and its distilling beginnings. The first 90 ticket holders will enjoy a complimentary cocktail and entertainment as part of their ticket price

World of Whitley Neill Dinner

When: Thursday 30th Sept

Where: Ralph & Finns, 25 St Vincent Pl, Glasgow G1 2DT

Time: 7 for 7:30pm – late

Marking Ralph + Finn’s first exclusive dinner in their VIP room, we’re inviting Glasgow to join us as we enter the world of Whitley Neill gin. From stunning African sunsets to watermelon and kiwi serves, this 4-course dinner with imaginative drink pairings is not to be missed. £30 for ticket holders or £35 non-ticket holders.

Make Your Own Mojito

When: Saturday, 2nd Oct

Where: Bowlarama 

Time: 12 – 6pm

Shake it up! Get stuck in and make your own mojito with us. An interactive session with the spiced Caribbean rum with attitude – Dead Man’s Fingers.


World of Whitley Neill Masterclass

When: Saturday, 2nd Oct

Where: Bowlarama

Time: 12 – 6pm

Take an interactive sensory tour of Whitley Neill. Come and find your favourite gin. Exclusively for ticket holders.

Tequila Rose Cart Tour

When: 24th -25th Sept 1 -2nd Oct

Where: TBC

Our pink cart will be popping up over the ten days during Glasgow Cocktail Week for wristband holders to enjoy! More details coming soon

Fin & Gin

When: Sun 3rd Oct

Where: Oyster bar at the Finnieston, 1125 Argyle St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8ND

Time:  4pm to late 

A fun-filled gin Sunday session soundtracked with live jazz and the best of Scottish seafood at The Finnieston. Celebrating award-winning handcrafted Whitley Neill that takes inspiration from across the globe.

Hosted by Glasgow Cocktail Week with a Whitley Neill classic martini and gin menu. Complimentary cocktail and oyster for our first 60 ticket holders included as part of your ticket price! Guests will be able to enjoy £1 Oysters and £5 cocktails.

Glasgow Cocktail Week 

When: 24 Sept – 3rd Oct

Where: Venues across Glasgow

Guests unlock menus and gain access to events by flashing your GCW wristband in any official venue.

All Access Tickets unlock the best of the festival and include invite-only events, cocktail sampling and masterclasses.

Gold Standard Brunch Series 

When: Abandon Ship Bar 

Where: Details Coming Soon

This one is for all lovers of espresso martinis. With a menu of coffee-led martinis dusted in gold leaf and brunch dishes, we’ll be celebrating JJ Whitley gold vodka. Want to join us?

Limited tickets for Glasgow Cocktail Week are now on sale. Tickets start from £5 and can be purchased from 


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