Hidden Kill Bill style cocktail bar named one of UK's best to close suddenly

An award-winning speakeasy-style cocktail bar named one of the best in the UK will close this summer, after only being open for a year.

Published 5th Jul 2024
Updated 5 th Jul 2024

Charlie Brown's on Victoria Road in Glasgow will close later this month. The hidden cocktail bar, located up the stairs from sister venue Daku - a Japanese restaurant - has only been open for a year but has made its mark on the drinks scene in the city.

The bar, and Daku, are being turned into something else by current owners.

Posting on their social media today (5 July), the team wrote: “Dear cocktail crushers, Our compact cocktail bar on Vicky Road will close its door for the final time on Sunday 14th July.

“Of course we are all just devastated, but extremely keen to have lots of fun for the next two weeks & no doubt a super Sunday send-off.

“Our team of 3 bartenders were given the news, that along with what was once Daku (next door), the space we take up as CB's is going to be developed into something else. We get it, it's okay. But we'll absolutely take all the hugs going! (Except George, he will come to you if he wants one okay)

“Listen, there will definitely be more info on our happenings & appreciation posts to come. But for now what's important to us is to say a bloody massive THANK YOU to all who have ever had anything to do with Charlie Brown's! Regulars, brand reps, one off time visitors, locals, suppliers, event organisers, old friends, new friends, bar friends!! You've all made CB's a very special wee bar & we think yer pure class.

“We're very proud of all our accomplishments & awards, but we'll be even more proud to serve you, if you can join us up the stairs one last time.”

Reactions to the post included comments such as: “Truly saddened by this news but happy knowing yous can hold your heads high with pride about what you've achieved in such a short space of time! Excited to see what the future holds for your team!!” and “Here, whatever you do next will be outstanding. Devastated for y’all and will be in for as many tasty treats as I can before 14th”

Charlie Brown's opened in the Southside in the summer of 2023 and quickly became a popular addition to the city.

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It's a hidden cocktail bar much like the award-winning Absent Ear in the Merchant City and Panda and Sons in Edinburgh.

The name is a reference to a character from Kill Bill, and Tarantino fans will be able to spot Easter eggs in the cocktail menu and interior fittings. 

In late 2023 it was named in the Top 50 UK cocktail bars, coming in at number 31. The team behind this prestigious list said of the bar: “this new hot spot neighbourhood cocktail bar in the southside of Glasgow offers a real escape and something different for cocktail lovers.” 

Other bars in the Top 50 include Absent Ear, Hey Palu, Panda and Sons and The Gate.

The news comes off the back of the announcement from Edinburgh's Hoot the Redeemer, which is set to close down in the autumn. This hidden dive bar, owned and run by Iain McPherson, is closing due to redevelopment plans by landlords.

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Charlie Brown's Cocktail Bar, Victoria Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, UK
Charlie Brown's Cocktail Bar, Victoria Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, UK, G42 8RW
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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