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The Glasgow food and drink Bucket List: 10 things to try before you die

Glasgow is fast becoming as famous for its food and drink as it is for its shopping and nightlife, here are ten things to try before you die in the city.

Published: March 23, 2017

1. Brew your own beer at Drygate brewery

(85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT)


Describing themselves as the UK's first experiential brewery, there's no doubting the seemingly endless levels of interaction available at the bar, restaurant and brewery site located on the outskirts of the Tennent's Wellpark Brewery in the east end.

From simply drinking great beers to full on brewery tours, Drygate is well worth a visit but the real fun comes with the onsite studio kit and the DIY brew options.

Create everything from the lightest of golden ales to the strongest of stouts using your own recipe in a truly hands-on experience. The Drygate team will also be on hand to dispense advice and take your beer through fermentation, conditioning and on into the packaging of your choice.

Pricing: available on request.

2. Take a culinary tour of Finnieston

Picture: Google

Picture: Google

Home to some of the city's most exciting restaurants and bars, there's always something new to discover in Finnieston.

From the established eateries like The Gannet, The Finnieston and Ox & Finch to newcomers like Chelsea Market and Alchemilla (recently voted one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants) it's here you'll find the cream of the crop of Glasgow's food and drink scene.

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'The strip' offers everything from cocktails to Korean food and you'll spend more than a few days losing yourself in search of your favourite venue.

3. Buy a rare dram at The Potstill and The Bon Accord

(The Potsill - 154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH, The Bon Accord - 153 North St, Glasgow G3 7DA)

Picture: Glencairn

Picture: Glencairn

If you haven't already been bitten by the whisky bug then there's a good chance that you are more than a little curious about Scotland's national drink.

Thankfully, Glasgow has a number of amazing whisky bars including the Ben Nevis, The Lismore and Oran Mor but it's in the big two, the Potstill and the Bon Accord, you'll find the two places  that have become world famous for their whisky offering.

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The Potstill sits close to both  Queen Street and Central station and offers no less than 700 whiskies while the Bon Accord sits a bit further out on North Street and offers a similar collection of whisky gems  including a £13,500 bottle of Glenlivet 70 year old that will set you back £900 for a dram, considered to be the most expensive drink available in the city.

4. Eat a Tomahawk steak at the Butchershop Bar and Grill

(1055 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7UD)


Despite the recent challenge of cracking new venues like Tiffney's and Porter & Rye, which are both located nearby, our tip for the top steak in the city has to be the Butcher Shop.

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The recent launch of its stablemate the Spanish Butcher offers something new when it comes to the steak experience but for a truly authentic Scottish meat cut experience, you'll struggle to find a better venue in the whole of the country.

Most people will say the ‘king of steaks’, the porterhouse, is the best cut on the bone to spend your cash on, but for us, you can't go wrong with the Tomahawk, grab a few mates and enjoy steak the way it should be eaten.

5. Grab a curry at Mother India's

(Mother India's - 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 7RU, Café - 1355 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AD)

Picture: Mother India Facebook

Picture: Mother India Facebook

Along with Brick Lane and Bradford, Glasgow forms the triumvirate of curry kingdoms in the UK and in Mother India's you'll find the city's favourite Indian cuisine destination.

In a city with more than a few amazing curry shops (including the home of the Tikka Masala, the Shish Mahal), that's high praise indeed, and don't just take our word for it, it's celebrity endorsed too - Peter Capaldi, Ray Winstone and even Robert Englund have recently enjoyed a meal there.

6. Try out the now near mythical Scooby Snack from the Maggie at the top of Byres Road

(The top of Byres Road, across from Oran Mor)

Not for the faint hearted, the Scooby Snack is a true treat after a drink fuelled night out and many a student eye's have brightened at the sight of the wane light shining from the Maggie's snack van at the top of Byre's Road.

Burger, square sausage, cheese, bacon, egg, potato Scone... it's essentially a full Scottish breakfast in a roll.

It's so legendary, it even has its own Wikipedia entry.

7. Scoff down a full Scottish Breakfast at Coia's Café

(473 Duke St, Glasgow G31 1RD)

If you've ever suffered from a hangover in the east end of an afternoon, you'll know all about this place, if you haven't then you really should know all about this place.

It really is one of the best places in Glasgow for a Scottish breakfast and the perfect place to try one out if you've never had one (they even do a vegetarian version).

Don't worry if the full hog feels like too much, they do plenty of other lighter options too, including Scrambled Egg and Smoked Salmon and breakfast croissants.

8. Tour a whisky distillery with Auchentoshan and Glengoyne

(Auchentoshan - Dalmuir, Clydebank G81 4SJ, Glengoyne - A81, Glasgow G63 9LB)

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The picturesque Auchentoshan Distillery. Picture: TSPL

Unlike Edinburgh which only has one distillery close to the city centre, Glasgow actually has two.

Better still, they both offer two completely different experiences.

Auchentoshan is located in Clydebank, a short bus ride from the city centre, the distillery is famed for its triple distilled lowland whisky (one of the only distilleries in Scotland to still use triple distillation) and has a range of great tours.

Glengoyne lies to the north of the city and is another that is located in picturesque scenery, lying at the foot of the Dumgoyne Hill, Glengoyne is a Highland whisky which is considered to be rich and fruity and very enjoyable. We recommend the whisky and chocolate tour.

9. Grab a pint in (one of) Glasgow's oldest pub(s)

The Old College Bar on High Street is thought to be the oldest pub in Glasgow.

The Old College Bar on High Street is thought to be the oldest pub in Glasgow.

The title of 'Glasgow's Oldest Bar' is hotly debated but safe to say that it's for good reason, the city has a rich past of brewing, distilling and imbibing and no shortage of amazing places to do so.

Currently no less than three pubs are contenders to take the crown and as a typical Glaswegian response, we think that's the perfect excuse for a pub crawl.

We'd recommend the big three; first, the Old College Bar (dating back to 1515) on the city's High Street, which has a plaque above its door proclaims it as “Glasgow’s oldest public house”, then moving onto the The Scotia Bar (1792) which sits on one of Glasgow's four original streets and finishing off in Sloans (1797) on Argyle Street.

Of course, if you're still parched after all of that you could also visit The Clutha on Stockwell Street.

10. Sample the opulence of oysters and champagne at The Rogano

(11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow G1 3AN)

Few restaurant bars in Glasgow evoke such an image of style and sophistication as The Rogano does, a throw back to a much cooler age, it's the perfect surroundings in which to enjoy the opulence of champagne and oysters.

Retaining its original 1930s Art Deco interior, along with all the associated elegance, Glasgow’s oldest surviving restaurant offers a dazzling array of different styles of oyster and the cocktails are as good as you'd expect from a venue that began its life in the heyday of mixology.

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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