Everything you need to know about Glasgow’s Cocktails in the City

Cocktails in the City, the hugely popular UK cocktail event, is coming to Glasgow this month.

Published 23rd Aug 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

What is Glasgow’s Cocktails in the City?

Cocktails in the City is launching in Glasgow to celebrate the event's fifth anniversary and raise a glass to the cities thriving and diverse cocktail culture.

An evening of cocktail making and drinks entertainment, the festival brings together 16 of Glasgow's best bars to create amazing cocktail concoctions under one roof.

Visitors experience the city’s diverse and vibrant bar scene through one-to-one cocktail tuition by the finest bartenders, live cocktail demonstrations on the main stage and having a taste of signature cocktails crafted just for the show.

Where is the event being held?

The event will be held in Glasgow's iconic former fishmarket The Briggait, a wonderful Grade A listed building in Glasgow’s eclectic Merchant City area.

Originally built in 1873 the Briggait served as the city’s fish market for over a hundred years before undergoing renovations that repurposed it as a creative space for artists and cultural organisations.

The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate | G1 5HZ

Cocktails in the City
Picture: Waspstudios


The event is held on Friday August 25th and runs from 6pm until midnight.

Getting there

Walking: The Briggait is in Glasgow city centre and is around 10 minutes walk from Queen Street Station.  Just walk diagonally across George Square then down miller street into Ingram street.

Turn right onto Stockwell Street and keep walking until you see the Briggait on your left hand side.

By bus: Alternatively, many bus routes that cross the river to the south of the city from Buchanan Street bus station stop on Stockwell street.

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By Underground: The Briggait is about 15 mins walk from both St Enoch and Buchanan St Underground stations.


Entry ticket is £12 and includes one cocktail they can bought here.


The CITC team say guests can participate in tasting tables, blend your own spirits, rub shoulders with the country’s best bartenders and challenge their palate as they sip on signature serves exclusively created for them.

There are fourteen bars all under one roof from The Finnieston to The Merchant City, popping up in partnership with local and international drinks brands.

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Tasting Table Experiences

Book early into one of the tasting table experiences. You can either blend your own 200ml bottle of whisky courtesy of Chivas Regal or make your own gin cocktail and take away one Tipplebox Kit worth £25.

Both experiences are subsidized and organisers expect them to fill up quickly, you can book them via the website.

The Bar Line Up:

Kelvingrove Café & Star of Bombay
The Salon at Blythswood Square & Makar Glasgow Gin
Atlantic Bar and Brasserie & Courvoisier V.S.O.P
Tiki Bar & Bacardi Carta Blanca
Hillhead Bookclub & The Naked Grouse
Citizen (new bar opening soon) & Rinquinquin a la Peche
Gin 71 & Arbikie

Bar Soba and Bacardi Carta Oro
The Anchor Line & Grey Goose La Poire Vodka
The Beer Kitchen & Auchentoshan Whisky
Bag O’ Nails & Jim Beam Double Oak
The Finnieston & Jack Daniel’s Tennesse Whisky
The Drugstore Social & Chambord

The Cocktails

There's an exciting new collection of signature drinks created for the show including:

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Raspberry Sour hoptail from Innis and Gunn and Auchentoshan

Recipe: Auchentoshan 12yr, Raspberry Saison Beer, Lemon and Chambord

Death on The Nile by Kelvingrove Café

Recipe: Star of Bombay, Violette, Orange Colombo,Cocchi Rosa, Prosecco

Death on The Nile by Kelvingrove Café. Picture: CITC

The Food

It's all about a balanced diet. That's why we are working with two of the best in their respective fields. The award winning meat specialists Porter and Rye will be serving up an indulgent mix of aged steak burgers and mac and cheese whilst Prep Fitness Kitchen will be serving up a selection of salads and wraps for the healthier minded imbiber.

Immersive Brand Lounges

There will be several brand lounges including Drinks fit for a King inspired by Chambord and A Taste of Tennessee with Jack Daniels.



Will there be drinks offered for designated drivers and people not wanting to drink alcohol? Yes, non-alcoholic cocktails and water are available from every stand.

When will last orders be? Last orders are 23.30.

Can under-18s attend the event? No we are afraid it is over-18s only.

Is there a dress code? No there isn’t a dress code, so get as dressed up or as dressed down as you like.

Will there be a cloakroom available? Yes

Are festival goers allowed to film or photograph the event? Yes, we actively encourage taking photos and creating vidoes of the event and sharing them on the Facebook page as well as Instagram through the hashtag

Will festival goers need to pay for drinks via a token system? Yes tokens will be £6.50 -  from hoptails to barrel aged Negroni’s and Five Star Hotels to Tiki Dive Bars – all drinks are one token.

Can festival goers bring cash, cards or both? The event is cashless – don’t worry about taking out money you can’t account for later – it’s card all the way.

Will there be first aiders on site? Yes, there will be first aiders at the event should they be needed.

Is there access for wheelchair users? Yes there is access for wheelchair users.

Will there be food available at the event? Meat specialists Porter and Rye are serving up 55 day aged steak burgers and gourmet Mac and Cheese whilst Prep Fitness Kitchen are offering a range of wraps and salads.

Social Media

Keep up to date with information on Cocktails in the City by following:

Twitter: @Cocktailsinthec #CITC

Instagram: cocktailsinthec #CITC

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CocktailsintheCityUK

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/cocktailsinthecity

Website: cocktailsinthecity.com/events/glasgow


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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