Glasgow Whisky Guide – Tips For Whisky Tasting in Glasgow Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland, is an up-and-coming destination for food and drink travelers. Between traditional Scottish food and international cuisine, there’s a little something for everyone. Many travelers want to learn about the water of life while visiting Glasgow. 

In this Glasgow whisky guide, we share our top tips for whisky tasting in Glasgow. This includes the best pubs in town for tastings and distilleries to visit in the city and near Glasgow.

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Why Plan A Whisky Trip To Glasgow

Every scotch whisky lover should plan a whisky trip to Scotland. Even if you don’t have the time to explore Scotland in search of the perfect dram, Glasgow is a perfect place to plan your own scotch-focused city break.

It’s easy to go whisky tasting in Glasgow city centre and there are opportunities to visit distilleries in the city or nearby. Even though there aren’t as many distilleries in Glasgow as there once were, the city has a history that is intertwined with the water of life.

Glasgow Whisky Guide - Tips For Whisky Tasting in Glasgow Scotland

How To Book Hotels In Scotland

Since leaving the US over a decade ago, we’ve traveled to Scotland numerous times. During these trips to Scotland, we learned a few things about booking hotels in Scotland. We’ve stayed at stunning luxury hotels like the Dowans Hotel of Speyside and Sherbrooke Castle Hotel in Glasgow. And sadly we have stayed in our fair share of not-so-great hotels in Scotland.

When planning our trips to Scotland, we use for hotels in Scotland. In addition to booking hotels, we’ve used them to book apartments in Scotland for longer stays. We’ve even found some charming and less expensive guest houses in Scotland on

The 6 Best Whisky Bars In Glasgow

When I started researching whisky bars in Glasgow, a handful of names kept coming up. We also received some recommendations from Scottish friends as well as other friends who travel for food and drink.

Eric and I visited a handful of these pubs to conduct our own little whisky tasting experiences. We also found a hidden gem that was not on anyone else’s list of where to taste whisky in Glasgow. These bars are open from noon to midnight seven days a week.

Check out our Scotland Drink Guide – What To Drink In Scotland 

The Pot Still Glasgow Whisky Bar

The Pot Still

An institution for tasting whisky in Glasgow, with over 700 bottles on hand. Although The Pot still doesn’t offer whisky flights the bartenders are uber knowledgeable and can put a flight together for you. During lunch, they offer warm, homemade meat pies as well.

The location started as a spirits shop in 1867. Although it’s gone through various owners over the decades and various iterations, it’s a family-owned and traditional feeling for sure. 

The Pot Still, 154 High Street, located just a few blocks west of George Square

Glasgow Whisky Pro Tip

In the US, most liquors are served in one-ounce portions. The British measurements are different and lighter on the pour. A dram is about 1/8th of an ounce. Yes, that’s small in comparison but after all a dram is meant to be a wee bit.

The Bon Accord whisky glasgow

The Bon Accord

Certainly, the farthest thing from a touristy-whisky bar in Glasgow as it is set just off the main highway. The McDonagh family has run the Scottish pub for the last 17 years.

They offer an extensive menu until 8 pm each night. As much as they started as a pub for quality food and real Scottish ale, they started to cultivate a quality, small whisky menu and never stopped. They offer some of the top drams in the county, a few of which cost £1000 each. 

The Bon Accord, 153 North Street, is located along the M8 ring road that circles the city. It’s a good walk from the city center, but a good “technical stop” on the way to or from the West End, Finnieston, or Kelvinbridge.

The Ben Nevis Glasgow Scotland

The Ben Nevis Bar

Located in the West End in Finnieston, The Ben Nevis is a must-visit stop before or after dinner at one of the trendy restaurants in the neighborhood. It feels a little more refined than the Pot Still and is much smaller than the Bon Accord.

Check out some of the shelves behind the bar that seem to defy gravity. The Ben Nevis hosts traditional Scottish music sessions Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday starting at 9 pm, which is a real treat. 

The Ben Nevis, 1147 Argyle Street, was once considered one of Glasgow’s best-kept secrets it seems everyone in the know talks about The Ben Nevis for its collection of whiskies. 

Check out Glasgow’s West End Whisky Tour to discover more traditional Scottish whisky bars in Glasgow. The tour begins at the Ben Nevis Bar and visits a total of four whisky bars in Glasgow.

Òran Mór Glasgow

Òran Mór

Òran Mór has to get points for the unique location for whisky pubs in Glasgow. Located in an old church, they currently share their space with a theater and event space. It’s a large pub with outdoor seating just in front of the church facade.

They offer a wide variety of whiskies, but their staff might not be as knowledgeable as some of the other recommended whisky bars on this list.  

Òran Mór, Top of Byres Road, located in the former Kelvinside Parish Church across from the Glasgow botanical garden.

Pro Tip: Whisky distilleries in Glasgow will allow children on their guided tours. However, the legal drinking age in Scotland is 18. Anyone under the age of 18 will not be served nor allowed to consume any alcohol. It’s always wise to check the whisky distilleries in Glasgow for updated tour policies.

The Scotia whisky bar

The Scotia

Claiming to be the oldest pub in Scotland, the Scotia in the East End is a real hidden gem. Although they only have about 50 whisky offerings, their staff is very knowledgeable. Most importantly, their pricing is some of the lowest in the city.

It’s the perfect destination for people who might not be uber-knowledgeable about whisky but want to taste some traditional whiskies from around the country. They have whiskies from all of the Scotch whisky regions.

The Scotia, 112 Stockwell Street, ask for Ryan, a real doll who can walk you through the entire menu.

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The Corinthian 

Another posh location on Ingram Street. Many of the old bank buildings in Glasgow’s City Centre have been turned into clubs, restaurants, and hotels. The Corinthian is one of these buildings. Prepare to feel like you’ve stepped back in time with glass ceilings and ornate decor under a 26-foot-high dome.

Built-in 1842, the Corinthian prides itself on keeping as much of the original architecture as they could. They also pride themselves on their whisky list and cocktail menu. I enjoyed a gin and tonic here, but it’s a must-visit place for whisky too. 

The Corinthian, 191 Ingram Street, with a casino, rooftop terrace, private event space, and a bar and brasserie.

Book a Glasgow West End Whisky Tour Here 

Clydeside Glasgow Distillery

Tour A Whisky Distillery In Glasgow – The Clydeside Distillery

Glasgow’s history is intertwined with the history of scotch whisky. The docks on The Clyde River were the departure point for barrels destined to the far corners of the world. In the 1800s, there were several whisky distilleries in Scotland as well as whisky blenders.

Over the years, as the city became more international and cosmopolitan, all of the distilleries closed. In 2017, though, the Morrison family established the Clydeside Distillery in a historic location on the banks of the Clyde River. 

The Clydeside is the only whisky distillery located within the city limits. They offer a variety of tours, tastings, and events. Their Glasgow whisky distillery tour is unique for a few reasons.

First, because they are a new distillery, it is going to take a few more years before you can taste a dram of Clydeside. Visitors can see the distillation process, including the still room, which has an unrivaled view over the Clyde River.

Their tasting focuses on how to taste whisky, which is a great way to learn from a professional. They also offer a whisky and chocolate tasting in a small room again with a view over the river. The chocolates are produced by a local, artisan chocolatier and are paired with whiskies from around the country. 

How To Experience The Clydeside Glasgow Distillery Tour

We visited the Clydeside Glasgow Distillery from the city center and took an Uber for only £7. They are also a stop on the red Glasgow City Sightseeing Bus. Clydeside Distillery is one of a handful of Glasgow distilleries within the city limits. Tastings and tours should be booked ahead. The Clydeside also has a little cafe for snacks and lunch, which is a good option for visitors to the nearby museums. And, even if you don’t book a tour, visitors can order a whisky-tasting flight to try a few drams from distillers across the country. Book A Tour At Clydeside Distillery Here 

distilleries near glasgow

Whisky Distilleries Near Glasgow Scotland

There are over 100 distilleries in Scotland. More than half of them are located in Moray Speyside, on the banks of the Spey River. We spent most of our recent trip to Scotland exploring the food and drink in Moray Speyside. We also visited a good number of distilleries while there. There are other options for travelers who are focused on a Scotland city break to have a similar experience. 

Because of Glasgow’s relatively central location, there are a handful of scotch distilleries near Glasgow that can be visited on a day trip from the city. 

Auchentoshan Distillery Tour – Lowland Whisky

Auchentoshan Distillery is classified as a Lowland Distillery in the scotch whisky regions. The distillery is only located about 10 miles from the city center. They offer tours, tastings, and whisky master classes. 

Auchentoshan, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. Can be accessed from the Kilpatrick or Dalmuir train stations. The entry-level Auchentoshan tour costs £10. Learn more here.

glengoyne distillery tour

Glengoyne Distillery Tour – Highland Whisky 

There are a few dozen Highland whisky distilleries, one of which is only a short drive from Glasgow. The distillery is only 15 miles north of the city center. Glengoyne Distillery offers a variety of tours and tastings, including chocolate and whisky tasting and a blending experience. 

Glengoyne, Dumgoyne. The easiest way to visit is by renting a car to get up there although there is a train and bus combination as well, which takes a little more than an hour. The Glengoyne Highland whisky tour starts at £11.50. Learn more here.

Other Whisky Distilleries Near Glasgow

There are a few more Glasgow distilleries that are a bit farther afield. They can still be reached during a day trip, but a car is the best way to visit. The Deanston Distillery is less than 35 miles from Glasgow. It’s located on the River Teith. The nearest station is Dunblane. The Tullibardine is about 40 miles from Glasgow. It is located between Stirling and Perth, and the nearest station is Gleneagles.

Or, for a full-day trip, check out the Isle of Arran Distillers. Be rewarded with a distillery tour after a drive and ferry combination out to Brodick. Or, there is a train, ferry, and bus combination, which takes about three hours. It’s also a great way to see the Scottish countryside. 

Pro Tip: If you can’t make it to an actual Glasgow distillery, pop into one of the many Glasgow whisky shops. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and can help you find the right whisky for your tastes. Whisky shops in Glasgow can also arrange for your purchases to be packed up tightly for travel.

No car? Book a Full Day Trip From Glasgow including the Glengoyne Distillery


Is there a whisky festival in Glasgow?

Yes, each November Glasgow hosts top distillers in a one-day event for whisky aficionados.

Where can I book whisky tours in Glasgow?

Find more whisky tours on Viator here. Also, many of the Glasgow tour buses make stops at the various distilleries in Glasgow.

What are the best whisky shops in Glasgow?

The best ones for travelers to visit are those that are downtown and close to the attractions. This includes The Whisky Shop Glasgow and The Good Spirits Co. They both have an extensive selection of spirits.

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Glasgow Whisky Guide - How To Drink Whisky In Glasgow

Glasgow Whisky Guide – How To Drink Whisky In Glasgow

We loved Glasgow so much we are thinking about renting an apartment there for a month next summer. And, it’s more than just the whisky. There’s a whole craft beer scene we would love to explore plus great international cuisine. Glasgow is often overlooked in favor of Edinburgh or the Highlands, but it should bee on anyone’s food and drink destination bucket list. Cheers! 

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