Browsing 15 posts tagged with Drink.

 
 

An Evening Tasting Scottish Gin and Tonic

On Friday I went to The Finnieston’s pop-up gin bar as part of a 5PM deal. I love gin, but I’m disappointed when it’s served with the wrong garnish or the bartender doesn’t take pride in its presentation.

This wasn’t the case on Friday. We were presented with a list of premium, Scottish gin and tonics of which we could choose three. Jamie, our bartender, gave us recommendations based on our preferences and told us a bit about each gin.

They went down a little too well. I have to admit we didn’t stop at 3.

Living in Finnieston, I drink at The Finnieston quite often. Their gin cocktail, The Nautical, is my favourite. It was really nice to spend some time in their upstairs bar, which I didn’t even know existed, and have more of an intimate setting with the bartender who could talk us through our drinks.

 
 

Alchemilla

Ooh, I finally got around to checking out Alchemilla, one of Finnieston’s newest food spots. I’ll leave the food review to Briony, but I will say I enjoyed both the grub and the drink. I’ll definitely be back. Bonus points for being dog friendly, too!

 
 

Craft Beer With Honest Brew

I’m new to beer, certainly no connoisseur, yet I really enjoyed digging through Honest Brew‘s craft beer box (as did my friends). Our favourite of the evening was Beavertown’s Neck Oil.

Six beers, three friends and a lot of pizza. It was the perfect end to the weekend. So much so, I’m considering a subscription to Honest Brew for more social occasions like this.

Oh, and as someone who enjoys good design, I appreciated the branding on a lot of the bottles. Craft beer is pretty!

To get your first box for £9, enter ‘halfprice’ at checkout.

Cheers!

 
 

Gin From A Teapot

Shawshank (that’s my friend. It’s not her real name. Shawshank is from Uist and I was unable to pronounce her name. We gave her this nickname over a decade ago and it’s stuck) invited me to Cup Tea Garden to drink gin from a teapot. It complimented our afternoon tea perfectly.

Definitely a recommended visit if you like gin. Oh, and afterwards pop around the corner to The Spiritualist for more gin.

 
 

The Wilson Street Pantry

I love a deli. I recently discovered The Wilson Street Pantry in Merchant City. Its iced coffee and coolers lured me in on a hot day, and I returned this evening for the wine, deli board and chocolate brownie. Both Lindsay and I left feeling stuffed.

Friendly staff, lovely food, nice light. 10/10.

 
 

Lagom, Milk + Krispy Kreme

Finally. Some down time to myself. I choose milk, a toffee doughnut, and a read at issue 2 of Lagom, which I haven’t had a chance to flick through yet. I like the photography in this magazine.

 
 

Glasgow Coffee Tour

It’s Laura‘s first visit to Glasgow, and with our combined interest in coffee and cameras, I had to take her on a tour of the independent espresso bars we have on offer. What followed was an afternoon of sampling coffee, photographing coffee, eating cake with our coffee, and tasting yet more coffee… I can’t think of anything more perfect, can you?

The photos are in chronological order.

Riverhill Coffee Bar

Riverhill is new on my radar. I’m disappointed it’s taken me this long to sample their delicious coffee, and equally delicious food. I had a tuna and fennel sandwich alongside a cappuccino, both of which got our tour off to a perfect start. Free WIFI, gourmet sandwiches and great coffee, the only downside is the sheer busyness of the place. Because it’s so small, I felt pressured to leave before I was ready, simply to free my seat for somebody else. It’s definitely not the kind of place you could sit in all day with a laptop and crank out some work, but—with its central location—it’s perfect for a quick caffeine boost and bite to eat.

Laboratorio Espresso

This is my go-to haunt for city centre coffee. I love the industrial, minimalist decor. Laboratorio Espresso is definitely quieter and slower paced than Riverhill, which might initially mean it feels lacking in ambience. However, a coffee shop without a mad rush is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon sampling different blends. Oh, and the floor-to-ceiling windows letting in an abundance of natural light makes for great photographs of your lunch. The staff also generously gave us recommendations, not only of what different blends we should try, but what other coffee shops are worth a visit.

Pena

After three cups of coffee in quick succession, we were fed up of caffeine and feeling twitchy. Recommended to us by the staff at Laboratorio Espresso, we decided we had one more coffee in us and headed to Pena. Tucked down a lane in the West End is an understated coffee shop coated in artificial grass. Inside is equally… unique, with the cheap, colourful chairs and tables reminiscent of a primary school cafeteria. I like my luxuries, so I wasn’t overly impressed with this set-up—it felt more like a pop-up shop than an espresso bar, but it seems to be a hit with the locals. We sat outside in the Autumn air and ordered a vegetarian toastie to share (very tasty) and a Bulletproof coffee (made with coconut oil and grass-fed cows milk butter). Personally, I won’t be rushing back to Pena. With Artisan Roast just a few steps from here, I’ll save my West End hit for that.

P.S. Only 24 hours left to support Whosit & Whatsit!

 
 

Laboratorio Espresso

Glasgow’s city centre has always lacked a decent espresso bar, in my opinion, being largely occupied by ‘coffee’ chains. I hate coffee chains. I mean, they don’t even sell coffee. The past couple of times I’ve been in the city centre and in need of a coffee, I’ve headed to the newly opened Laboratorio Espresso on West Nile street. The decor is nice, and so is the coffee!

 
 

Wednesday Mojitos

How did this happen? It’s Wednesday. I shouldn’t be drinking. Or eating crisps. My friend is a bad influence. I’m going to the cinema in 30 minutes. How am I ever going to concentrate on American Pie?

 
 

Coffee Splash

I love coffee as much as the next guy, but I had some out of date coffee lying around and decided this was the best way to use it. I had seen these coffee splash photos doing the rounds on Flickr for a long time and wanted to try it.

 
 
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