Pop-up bar aims to showcase the best in whisky and cocktails in Glasgow this winter

A new pop-up bar showcasing the best in whisky and cocktails is set to open in Glasgow's city centre this November. 

Published 31st Oct 2016
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

On Wednesday 16th November, the Love Scotch Malt Shop & Cocktail Counter, the brainchild of Kained Holdings Marketing Manager, James Kemp and Diageo Scotch Whisky Ambassador Ervin Trykowski, will open up in The Riverhill Restaurant on West Nile Street.

The pop-up will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 4pm until midnight, right up until the day before Christmas Eve.

Kemp, Former Head Bartender at The Finnieston, outlined their reasons for opening the Pop-Up, saying: "Erv and I have worked together for over five years now in lots of different capacities, and we both see Scotch Whisky as an outstandingly diverse spirit category, suited to be enjoyed in many different ways.

"We’re sure we’ll get into plenty of debate while we’re open, but at the end of the day, we all have the same goal: helping to grow Scotch and its popularity at home in any small way we can.

"We’re consciously making an effort to be very contemporary with our offer and look in an attempt to break the mould and move away just a little bit from the age old tartan biscuit tin perception of Scottish Whisky; maintaining the deepest of respect for the heritage of our national drink."

Whilst Trykowski shares his enthusiasm: “This is going to be as far from a traditional whisky bar as you can possibly imagine. Our goal is to make whisky fun and bring it to a wider audience. Throughout the world people make whisky their own and add local ingredients and I think it's about time to bring some of that attitude to Scotland and make our twist on our national spirit. In the Pop up you will see drinks using the

"In the pop-up you will see drinks being made using the most modern techniques, Djs playing non-Scottish music and people hopefully having an amazing time."

Whisky lovers can expect some pretty interesting cocktails showing off the diversity of the category, whisky serves, bar bites (including bugs 'n' barley) as well as a new way of categorising whisky - colour-coding the whiskies depending on characteristics rather than region.

The pair say around 40 whiskies will be available with mixers, straight and by the bottle, to take home as a perfect Christmas Gift.

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• Love Scotch Pop Up is available to follow on Facebook and Instagram, with sneak peaks of the cocktails and whiskies.

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