A gin festival with disco, pizza and live print screenings is coming to Glasgow's southside

A gin festival which celebrates Glasgow's burgeoning gin scene and features local producers, pizza and a gin quiz, will take place in the city's southside at the end of the month.

Published 15th Apr 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The mini gin event will take place at The Cellar Southside on Clarkston Road, with six local spirits producers including McLean's, Ellis Gin and Hazell & Hazell on hand to provide samples of their wares and to answer any questions gin fans might have.

Tickets costs £10 and include a welcome gin with a mixer of your choice and tasting notes, any additional gin and mixer will be charged at £4 on the day.

Drinks specialists the Dispensary Bar will offer to mix up the selected gins with their handcrafted bitters while Pop Right Up will be firing up the woodfired oven on their converted Piaggio Ape to provide the perfect pizza accompaniments.

As an added creative twist, the organisers say they have asked Print Clan CIC to give those in attendance the chance to purchase and live screen print their own tote bag on the day

DJ Andy Piacentini, who has had residencies at the Dance!Dance!Dance!, Deaf Monkey and Disco Not Disco parties, will provide the soundtrack on the day.

The six producers confirmed to attend include:

McLean's Gin - Born in 2017 in the cupboard of a Battlefield tenement flat, McLean's Gin now produce six colourful expressions from their new purpose built 'Gin Lab' on the outskirts of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire.

McGin - This exciting Glaswegian gin is made using eight botanicals: juniper, rosehip, blackberry leaf, angelica root, lemon peel, orange peel, coriander and liquorice.

Gin festival Cellar Southside

Ellis Gin - Ellis gin is another up and coming small batch Scottish gin crafted in Glasgow - mixed with handpicked botanicals it is macerated to produce striking colours.

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Hazell & Hazell - this popular gin brand is inspired by Bardowie Loch, near Glasgow and is designed by Alison and Mark Hazell to reflect the area.

Gin festival Cellar Southside

Biggar Gin -  This Family run small batch gin brand designed their exciting gin to have both a combination of tradition and innovation and a sense of place.

Illicit Spirits - The name of this innovative gin brand is both a nod to the Illicit distillers of old, who have inspired the choice of still, and a reference to the fact they are hidden away in an arch under the tracks leading south from Glasgow central.

The festival will take place on the 27th of April and will run from 12pm until 6pm at the Cellar Southside.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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