The Innovation District is packed with some amazing bars for an after-work cocktail or a weekend blow-out. We’ve put together some of the best cocktails for you to try next time you’re in the city centre. Whether you’re looking for something high-end for a special celebration or a boozy lunch with a great atmosphere, there’s something for everyone in our guide to the best cocktails in the district!

Based in the unique Virginia Court, Gin 71 may be known for their gins, but they also do a great range of cocktails. They offer a bespoke cocktail menu, catered to the season, as well as their amazing gin and cocktail teapots as part of their afternoon tea or to share with friends over lunch. If you’re thinking of a cocktail during summer, the courtyard is a great place to soak up the sun and people watch over a mojito.

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The Spiritualist on Miller Street is one of Glasgow’s more up-market bars. Boasting Scotland’s largest selection of drinks, their inventive cocktails are designed to be a thrill for the eyes as well as taste incredible. Whether they’re serving you up a smoking skull or setting fire to your martini glass, you’re in for a theatrical experience (and they do the classics as well)!

Bar 91 is a small cosy bar located on Candleriggs in the Merchant City. Their warm and friendly atmosphere is assisted by their bartenders who can knock up special unique cocktails as well as the old favourites. Bar 91 is a hidden gem in the heart of the district that also won’t break the bank.

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Boteco is a fun themed restaurant and bar inspired by the flavours of Brazil. The bar offers a carnival atmosphere, with vibrant flags and paintings on the walls and opens late with live music and DJ sets creating a party every weekend. Their cocktails are available day and night, with a tropical twist on your favourites. If you’re looking for a fun time and a zesty cocktail that will transport you to Latin America, then Boteco is the place for you.

The Anchor Line’s stunning prohibition era styled cocktail bar is based on St Vincent Street, just off George Square. It’s the perfect place for a special celebration, with unique cocktails you’ll want to keep returning to try them all – their Marilyn Monroe has proved to a fan favourite. The atmosphere and décor is as much a reason to visit as the cocktails, inspired by the golden age of travel and both sides of the Atlantic. 

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The Social is another bar that suits anyone looking for a friends day/night out or a cocktail with lunch during a day’s shopping. Famous for their Instagram-worthy cocktails and showstopping cocktail trees, The Social has a reputation for fun flavours and garnishes that range from candyfloss to rubber ducks. Whether you want to take shelter in their modern booths inside or make use of one of the best outdoor terraces during the summer, the Social is an excellent place for a cocktail!