Glasgow Cocktail Week 2024: Programme announced - including secret bar, whisky tastings and haircuts and highballs

Glasgow Cocktail Week will return this spring. Here's everything you need to know.

Published 26th Feb 2024
Updated 26 th Feb 2024

To mark two months to go, Glasgow Cocktail Week (GCW) organisers have revealed plans for its biggest year yet.

Kicking off the countdown in style, a brand new bar and events space has been unveiled in the Glasgow's Princes Square, marked by the placement of a giant margarita glass—a nod to National Margarita Day.

When is Glasgow Cocktail Week 2024?

Popping up across the city this spring, Glasgow Cocktail Week takes place from Friday 19 April - Sunday 28 April 2024, with wristbands on sale now.

The city’s largest cocktail festival, GCW enters a new era for 2024 with a brand new Courtyard bar and events space in Glasgow’s Princes Square.

The exciting new central hub bar on Princes Square’s lower ground floor will welcome cocktail lovers to beautiful booths where they can enjoy a tipple or two from the new bar.

Complete with an exclusive new events space, the bar will host everything from cocktail masterclasses, whisky tastings, luxe floral arranging to live music, secret DJ sets and more.

A first for GCW, the new Princes Sq bar will run Thursdays - Sundays during the festival.

What's on at Glasgow Cocktail Week 2024?

2024’s Glasgow Cocktail Week programme includes a new retail space on the ground floor of Princes Square. Run by Good Spirits Company, the shop will offer 10% off products to all wristband holders.

Alongside brand new events including the perfect girls day out with a make-up masterclass in Princes Square, with botanical cocktails from Edinburgh Gin.

Cocktail connoisseurs can also spend a Saturday sipping on Espresso Martini tasting sessions with Belvedere Vodka and Cross Brew, enjoy a special gin and chocolate pairing hosted by Brockmans Gin, or attend a floral workshops and cocktails from Bee Wild Blooms, and whisky tastings with Glenmorangie, Woven, Dewar’s and Aberfeldy whisky to name a few.

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Guests to GCW’s Courtyard Bar can also expect live sets from buskers and an exciting secret DJ takeover on Saturday 20 April.

The programme will encourage fans to delve into the wonderful world of cocktails, learning how to make the perfect serves at home, and enjoy incredible cocktails from some of the city’s top bartenders.

Glasgow Cocktail Week 2024

A mix of independent and beloved brands will feature throughout the festival, ensuring there’s something for everyone this spring. There will be cocktails and unique events from Belvedere Vodka, Glenmorangie, Brockmans Gin, BACARDÍ, Edinburgh Gin, Smokehead whisky, Eminente rum, Buck and Birch, Woven whisky, Cross Brew, Langs Rum, Dewar’s, Aberfeldy with more to be announced.

Glasgow Cocktail Week 2024 highlights

  • The Glasgow Cocktail Week Courtyard Bar will operate Thursday - Sun from Friday 19 - Sunday 28 April from 12 noon until late on weekends and Thursday/ Fridays from 4pm until late.
  • A brand new Good Spirits Co bottle shop, located on the ground floor of Princes Square will also offer festival-goers a 10% discount on festival partner products throughout the festival and starting from Friday, 5 April.
  • Exciting masterclasses and tastings from partners including Belvedere Vodka, Glenmorangie Whisky, Brockmans Gin, BACARDÍ, Edinburgh Gin, Smokehead Whisky, Eminente Rum, Langs Rum, Buck and Birch, Woven whisky, Cross Brew, Dewar’s Aberfeldy whisky will run both weekends during the festival all day Saturday 20, Sun 21 , Fri 26 - Sun 28
  • Pop up barber’s chair offering haircuts and highballs on Thursday 25th + 26th April
  • Floral masterclasses and botanical serves with luxury florist Bee Wild Blooms on Saturday 20 and 21 April running at multiple times.
  • Live music - from buskers to DJ sets, expect energetic live programming across the weekends
  • Secret DJ takeover on Saturday 20 April from 7pm until late
  • Whisky tastings and interactive sensory sessions with premium brands
  • Make-up masterclass and cocktail flight on Sunday 28 April

In addition to GCW’s Princes Square Courtyard bar and events space, the festival features a city wide takeover with 40+ bars.

Glasgow Cocktail Week organiser, Nicola Gemmell Moir said: “We’re so excited to introduce Glasgow Cocktail Week’s brand new popup bar and events space in the stunning surroundings of Princes Square. A place where cocktail lovers can sit back, relax and try some of the city’s most innovative cocktails, right on their doorstep, it’s the start of a new era for GCW.

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"Whether it’s a make-up masterclass, cocktail tasting or live music, Glasgow Cocktail Week is mixing things up for 2024, pairing your favourite drinks with fun live events for the first time. We can’t wait to reveal more from this year’s programme and toast to a city wide takeover this spring.”

Katie Moody, centre director at Princes Square added: "We are delighted to host the first Glasgow Cocktail Week Hub bar and events space, welcoming some of the city's favourite bartenders and brands to Princes Square for an exciting programme of events and bar takeovers.

"Princes Square is a unique place to be and I'm sure our guests will enjoy the opportunity to discover quality cocktails and join experiential masterclasses."

Tickets for Glasgow Cocktail Week are now on sale. Tickets are £10 and include one masterclass and cocktail at Princes Sq as part of the ticket price.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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