A historical port city with a vibrant cultural hub. A great food scene, a strong number of craft beer breweries and plenty of Scottish Whiskey.

Glasgow is a vibrant city in Scotland with a fantastic food scene, lots of great Scottish Whiskey and many great breweries to visit. Glasgow has drastically changed in the last decade and is an ideal spot for a city break for any food and drink lovers. Check out my travel guide to Glasgow.

Our Accommodation in Glasgow

Citizen M Glasgow
Citizen M Glasgow

 We stayed at Citizen M, which are a charming hotel brand decor-wise offering reasonably priced rooms. The rooms, for instance, are small in size but built in such a practical way with the beds being enormous. The rooms are also smartly controlled by a tablet to change the lighting colour and control the blinds. It was a particularly relaxing room and located very central in Glasgow. I also loved the speedy check-in and check-out.

My Glasgow Travel Guide – Things To do

We spent most of our trip exploring the distilleries and breweries. Most of the distilleries have moved outside the city however on the river is the Clydeside Distillery. Built under 2 years ago in the old pump house. Given it is under 2 years, they don’t actually have their own Whiskey yet. Still, the tour was informative about the Whiskey making process, and they had a fantastic selection of Scotland’s finest Whiskey. We very much enjoyed the tasting at the end of the tour where you got to try Whiskey’s from the different Scottish regions.

West brewery is a German-style brewery with delicious artisan beer. West is the only UK brewery which is in strict accordance with the German Purity Law. The beerhouse is definitely a must to visit in Glasgow, the food and drink was great, and the place was buzzing. We did the brewery tour which was just £13 per person and included a tasting session at the end. Our tour guide was brilliant and further with a dry sense of humour which I am a massive fan of.

Drygate brewery, located on the Tennants brewery site, has the motto “brew it, drink it share it”. Drygate Brewery was very impressive. The craft beers were terrific with such a range of different beers to choose from, and I really liked the branding of the Drygates own beers. The venue was huge with glass walls to see the brewing pots and a live music space upstairs. It was packed and clearly a popular place to visit. Food-wise, we had a grazing board which was great and came with a very generous portion. The rest of the menu looked impressive.

One of our biggest highlights of the trip was Ox and Finch, which was a restaurant serving the most amazing sharing plates. Our favourites were the seared scallops with pork belly and the Yellow Thai Curry. To read more see my full blog post on Ox and Finch here.

Glasgow Travel Guide – Other Recommendations

Sloane’s is one of the oldest pubs in Glasgow. I loved how much character the place had. We went to their quiz night which was a popular evening. The quiz had enjoyable rounds including IT acronyms and a US adverts round. We came in last place and won a tin of meat!!

Shilling Brewing Company is a microbrewery and taproom in the centre of Glasgow. We went for lunch and were impressed by the freshly made pizzas with interesting flavours such as Haggis on pizza.

Laboratorio Espresso Bar was a hidden gem. A tiny coffee shop serving fantastic coffee as well as sandwiches and baked goods. This place was busy with people coming in with their reusable cups on a Saturday morning.

I am such a fan of Brewdog for having some of the coolest beer halls. They have a great beer selection and a fantastic vibe. We went to the one in Glasgow for beers and to play some board games.

The Citizen Bar & Dining Room Glasgow is an excellent restaurant for beautiful interiors and a tasty menu of Scottish meat & fish centric dishes. I had the chicken and haggis pie, very hot but filling and delicious. We also enjoyed their cocktails and wine list.

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