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Glasgow Cocktail Week arrives with festival maps for 'cocktail safaris'

Launching today (Monday 23rd),  Glasgow Cocktail Week (GCW) in partnership with Diageo World Class has unveiled its festival maps - perfect for "cocktail safaris" - and the list of drinks for their Cocktail World pop-up event. 

Published: September 23, 2019
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Over 55 bartenders from across the globe will descend on Glasgow this week and battle it out to become the World Class 2019 Bartender of the Year, with the live final taking place on Thursday (26 September) in SWG3.

To celebrate the World Class final, Glasgow Cocktail Week will shine the spotlight on Diageo’s Reserve portfolio, with ticket holders able to unlock over 150 signature cocktails across the city with their Glasgow Cocktail Week wristband during the festival (Monday 23rd until Sunday 29th September).

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Over 40 venues have created at least two signature serves on exclusive GCW menus which guests can enjoy when they flash their GCW Wristband - available for only £5.

Leading venues taking part include the exotic basement bar Tiki on Bath St, the sophisticated surroundings of Raddison Red and Dakota, dive bar The Dam in Merchant City, and recently opened East End bar, The Gate.

Three venue maps have been created to help plan cocktail safaris across the city, available to download via

The maps include the East End, West End and City Centre. Picture: GCW

The organisers say that those heading to the exclusive Cocktail World event during the September weekend (Friday 27 September and Saturday 28 September) can expect "World Class cocktails, fun and mixology with drinks such as frozen cucumber and chilli margaritas made with Casamigos tequila, and favourites like delicious strawberry froze and smooth espresso martinis".

A spokesperson for the event said: "Botanical fans will love the Grapefruit Collins made with Tanqueray No. TEN and three tempting flavoured mojitos - Peach & Orange, Grapefruit & Rose and Cucumber and Mint made with Ketel One Botanical Vodka with also be served up from leading bartenders.

The Ketel One Disco Kitchen. Picture: GCW

"To celebrate Scotland’s national spirit, there will be an apple sour made with Copper Dog whisky, heather and honey Talisker old fashioned, and refreshing elderflower highballs made with Johnnie Walker red to tempt your taste buds."

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The pop-up at the Argyle Street Arches is available to all access GCW ticket holders and takes place on Friday 27 September from 6 pm until midnight on Saturday 28 September, with the ticket price including access to one of the 2.5 hour session and ten complimentary cocktail samples from ten premium pop-up bars - including a Casamigos beach bar and a disco Ketel One kitchen.

Non-alcoholic cocktails have just been announced to the festival, in an exclusive partnership with Seedlip who’ll be serving up refreshing Seedlip and tonics at Cocktail World.

• To enjoy the exclusive menus, discounted £5 drinks and exciting events at 40 incredible venues during Glasgow Cocktail Week, tickets are on sale on

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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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