Our Nominees For The Scottish Bar and Pub Awards
June 14, 2016
August 2016 will see the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards – a celebration of pubs in the area that can win accolades across numerous categories.
In tribute to this event, we’ve found the best pubs in Glasgow which should be nominated for an award in a specific class. If you agree with our findings, don’t just sit back and relax! Visit the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards’s website and put forward your suggested bar.
There are hundreds of bars in the UK to visit, but as we’re limited to the city which has been described as having “three seasons in one day” by a good friend of mine, here’s a great selection of our beloveds.
Scottish Bars To Nominate
The full list of categories can be found on the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards’s website, but here are the two we’ve arbitrarily chosen to focus on:
• Pub Of The Year
• Cocktail Bar Of The Year
It’s difficult to limit a profusion of excellent venues, and we really mean no offence to those not taking any precedence in this article, but our nominations have purely been selected by what we’ve witnessed and read.
Pub Of The Year
Winning the award in 2015 was The Cross Keys in Kippen – a traditional and comfortable inn often referred to as having a “cosy” feel to it.
MalonesMalones Glasgow easily scores our attention for this award due to their charisma and variety of events for everyone aged over 18.
Home to delicious pub grub and live music, they support local talents and endeavour to provide customers with a great night out. Exposed by brick work and seamlessly blending into the street, it’s stylish and sizeable.
BlackfriarsAt a very close second is Blackfriars Glasgow. Serving beers from around the world, also sporting live music and offering high-calibre home cooking, there’s nothing to not like about it here.
Deservingly, they’ve won CAMRA’s Glasgow Pub Of The Year twice before and haven’t settled for that. Keeping customers on their toes, they constantly rotate between beers, so there’s always five real ales on tap at any time. Oh, and their ethos is that they only serve what they like to drink themselves. Nice!
Cocktail Bar Of The Year
We all love a classic Scottish pub, but there’s no way we could leave out the cocktail connoisseurs. Here are our favourite cocktail bars in the city. (Again, this list isn’t exhaustive of our ever-growing admiration for Glasgow’s venues).
The Tiki Bar & Kitsch InnThe Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn is an oasis of escapism and that’s apparent with their tropical cocktails, authentic ceramic Tiki mugs and levels of enthralment.
Here are two of their mouth-watering range of their self-proclaimed cocktails:
A tropical typhoon of Brugal Añejo rum, Angostura Reserva rum, passion fruit, pineapple, peach, citrus and honey all blended together.
A seaman’s friend and also Frank Sinatra’s favourite tropical drink: Pusser’s rum, Skipper rum, grapefruit and lime juices shaken with pimento syrup.
And for designated drivers or those who aren’t ready for the Navy Grog, they have an array of mocktails for only £3.50.
The name of this cocktail bar is a reflection of their individuality; under the roof of Arta, Hacienda is a unique Mediterranean bar and club.
If drinking in style is the goal, they smashed it, because at Hacienda, you can hide away in an opulent environment sipping on the best cocktails you’ll probably ever have.
Here’s a short summary of their cocktail list:
Strawberry and Chilli Margarita
Chilli infused Jose Cuervo traditional Tequila, Lejay triple sec orange liqueur, strawberries and fresh lime juice.
Smirnoff black vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur and pineapple.
I don’t know about you, but I’m now craving a tasty cocktail to kiss the night away.
As mentioned earlier, this article could be thousands of words, but there’s literally not enough time or resources to compile a list of all our favourite bars and pubs.
We hope you agree with our selections above, and if so, visit the website above to turn your opinion into a vote and support your favourite bar.
This year’s awards will be held on Tuesday 16 August in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow for those interested.