LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE

Best bars and pubs in Glasgow named as finalists for Glasgow Bar Awards revealed

Glasgow's top bars and pubs have been named as the Glasgow Bar Awards 2024 reveal this year’s prestigious finalists with awards including Best Bar, Best Pub and Best Drink all up for grabs.

Best bars and pubs in Glasgow named as finalists for Glasgow Bar Awards revealed

Article Source: Glasgow Bar Awards
Last Updated: 6 February 2024 12:36

Renowned as ‘Glasgow’s BAFTAs for Bartending’, the winners will be revealed at the annual Bartender’s Ball at Saint Luke’s on Monday 12th February.

The 150 strong long list has been whittled down to the best six in each category. The finalists span the city, with iconic venues like The Laurieston and The Ben Nevis alongside newcomers Charlie Brown’s and El Santo. Now in its third year, the Glasgow Bar Awards celebrate the city’s diverse hospitality scene, from neighbourhood watering holes to sky-high cocktail bars and those working behind the scenes.

In the competitive Best Bar category, Merchant City’s innovative Absent Ear made the cut alongside one of the East End’s favourite spots, The Gate, with hotel bars including Jacks at Dakota Hotel and Radisson Red’s Sky Bar also claiming top billing. Opening in summer 2023, Charlie Brown’s represents the Southside, with Glasgow favourite The Rum Shack rounding out the top six.

Glasgow’s Best Pubs have officially been named with venues from all corners of the city set to be celebrated including The Bon Accord and Ben Nevis, legendary spot The Laurieston, plus neighbourhood favourite Redmond’s of Dennistoun. Whisky pub The Pot Still and one of Glasgow’s top Irish pubs, Malones complete this year’s finalists.

Not forgetting the hospitality heroes behind the bar, the Glasgow Bar Awards Best Bar Team finalists includes top teams from Tabac, Oran Mor, The Winged Ox, Jacks Bar at Dakota Hotel, La Jupe and Charlie Brown’s.

The awards even recognise Glasgow’s best drink - a fiercely competitive category with so much on offer across the city’s bustling nightlife.

Cocktail fans and the public shaped this year’s long list, nominating serves and venues, with 2024’s finalists chosen by industry nominations. This year’s official best drinks in Glasgow include one of Scotland’s favourite serves - a simple pint of Tennent’s Lager at The Gate, alongside creative concoctions like Daddy Marmalade's Sticky Toffee Pudding and Kelvingrove Café’s elegant Appletini. Plus, fun serves like Tabac’s Holiday in Cambodia, Balche Anna from La Jupe and a Steeplejack from Jacks Bar.

Culminating in a huge bash on Monday 12th February at Saint Luke’s, the awards will toast to the crème de la crème in Glasgow's dynamic bar landscape, shining a spotlight on unsung heroes and the very best spots in the city for a tipple or two.

Alex Riches, Co-Founder of Backs! Hospitality and Operations Manager of Saint Luke’s said: “We’re so excited to bring back the third instalment of the Bartenders Ball, with this year set to be our busiest and biggest yet. It’s amazing to have Glasgow’s hospitality community back together so early in the year to celebrate everyone’s hard work and achievements over the festive period.”

“We can’t wait to share our plans for Backs! Hospitality for this year with some great events, networking and development opportunities in the pipeline. We’re looking forward to toasting to another brilliant year at Saint Luke’s on 12th February - see you then!”


The Bartenders Ball welcomes bartenders and industry professionals together to celebrate a busy festive season, with entertainment on the night, drinks from premium brands and delicious street food. Tickets from £25 include three drinks and food to kickstart the evening before the highly anticipated prizegiving begins. On sale now from Ticketweb.

New Orleans style marching band Al & The Bad Decisions will provide the live soundtrack on the night, alongside guest DJs and performances from drag artists including Annie Inferno, Dinah Dare and more.

Organised by Backs! Hospitality - a community interest company created by David Smillie and Alex Riches, anyone who works across the hospitality industry is invited to attend - from brand ambassadors to bartenders. Funds raised from ticket sales go towards nurturing the next wave of bartending talent and frontline hospitality staff through various initiatives like events, networking, mentoring, and training.

Glasgow Bar Awards - 2024 Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Best Bar – sponsored by Mangrove

Charlie Browns
Jacks @ Dakota Hotel
Red Sky Bar
The Absent Ear
The Gate
The Rum Shack

Best Pub – sponsored by Cutty Sark
Ben Nevis
Malones
Redmond’s of Dennistoun
The Bon Accord
The Laurieston
The Pot Still

Bar Team
Charlie Browns
Jacks bar @ Dakota Hotel
La Jupe
Oran Mor
Tabac
The Winged Ox

Unsung Hero – Sponsored by Remy Cointreau
Aimee Ashworth – La Jupe
Arianne Smith – The Absent Ear
Euan Barker - Tabac
Layla Brown – The Finnieston
Linda Callaghan - Moskito
Panos Dimou – El Santo

Best Shake – Sponsored by Angostura
Adam Dykes – Jacks Bar @ Dakota Hotel
Alexander “Big Al” Martin – Rascal
Ally Shaw – Currently Unsigned
Fraser Harris – The Absent Ear
Kim Burke – Daddy Marmalade
Liam Grogan – The Absent Ear

Best Drink
Appletini – Kelvingrove Café
Balche Annan - La Jupe
Holiday in Cambodia - Tabac
Pint of Tennents @ The Gate
Steeplejack - Jacks Bar @ Dakota Hotel
Sticky Toffee Pudding – Daddy Marmalades

Social Sell Out – Sponsored by Liquid Oats
Breagha Wolfgang
Jess Campbell
Johnny Morrison
Kieron Kelleher
Sarah Berardi
Stuart Baxter

Far Side of the Bar - Sponsored by Atomic 10
Caitlin O'connor - Edrington
Jack Barrot - Beavertown
Mark "The Fridge" Keane – Master Repairer
Sarah Berardi – Hendricks Gin
Stevie Aitken – Base Spirits
Victoria Beckett - Woodwinters

Sponsored Links

Renfrewshire Council
Glasgow Music City Tours
Renfrewshire Council
City Of Glasgow Chorus
Tea Green
Paisley First
Fayre Play

Latest Glasgow News

New opening: Gary Townsend announces opening date of first restaurant, Elements in Bearsden

New opening: Gary Townsend announces opening date of first restaurant, Elements in Bearsden

After much anticipation, chef Gary Townsend is set to open his first solo dining venture. Elements, a local, fine dining restaurant in Glasgow's Bearsden will launch on the 11th of July.

READ MORE
Maison by Glaschu launches Bastille Day celebration offering

Maison by Glaschu launches Bastille Day celebration offering

MAISON by Glaschu, in Glasgow city centre, is celebrating Bastille Day on Sunday 14th of July with a special menu with just one dish on it - steak frites.

READ MORE
4,000 flock to Glasgow Jazz Festival as 38th edition hailed a success

4,000 flock to Glasgow Jazz Festival as 38th edition hailed a success

Glasgow Jazz Festival enjoyed a successful return for its 38th edition in the city. The festival took place from Wednesday 19th and drew to a close in style last night, Sunday 23rd June 2024.

READ MORE
voco Grand Central Glasgow launches new menus at Champagne Central

voco Grand Central Glasgow launches new menus at Champagne Central

One of Glasgow's most iconic hotels has launched a trio of delicious new menus at its popular bar and lounge ahead of summer.

READ MORE
40,000 people attend the Glasgow Mela at Kelvingrove Park

40,000 people attend the Glasgow Mela at Kelvingrove Park

The 2024 Glasgow Mela attracted a crowd of 40,000, with people enjoying a jam-packed day of free music, dance, and arts.

READ MORE
Everything you need to know to get ready for Rockstar Energy presents TRNSMT

Everything you need to know to get ready for Rockstar Energy presents TRNSMT

Festival organisers have unveiled a guide to get ready ahead of the big weekend, including stage times, site map and travel details.

READ MORE
FREE family festival at Loch Lomond Shores returns in July

FREE family festival at Loch Lomond Shores returns in July

Summerfest, the FREE family festival at Loch Lomond Shores, is back on the 6th and 7th of July with lots of things to see and do!

READ MORE
Escape the Euros this summer at Golf Fang Glasgow

Escape the Euros this summer at Golf Fang Glasgow

Not a fan of the footie? Golf Fang Glasgow are here to keep you entertained!

READ MORE
New Glasgow 850 Festival Fund launched to support local talent and communities

New Glasgow 850 Festival Fund launched to support local talent and communities

A new £100,000 cultural fund has been launched as part Glasgow's 850th celebrations next year.

READ MORE
Helensburgh dazzles with Midsummer Magic Festival this Saturday!

Helensburgh dazzles with Midsummer Magic Festival this Saturday!

This Saturday, June 22nd, Helensburgh will come alive with it's Midsummer Magic Festival, a celebration of summer fun for the whole family!

READ MORE
Vue to put family fun in focus this summer with new big screen child friendly content offerings

Vue to put family fun in focus this summer with new big screen child friendly content offerings

Vue has announced the latest set of family-friendly blockbusters arriving this summer, as well as a number of new ways for families and kids of all ages to enjoy time together at the big screen!

READ MORE
Take care of your summer garden with Dobbies

Take care of your summer garden with Dobbies

Garden Centre offers free summer plant care workshops across its stores.

READ MORE
Suits and the City

Suits and the City

Scots entrepreneurs celebrate exciting new addition to Glasgow's retail scene.

READ MORE
Popeyes UK announces new opening for Glasgow City Centre

Popeyes UK announces new opening for Glasgow City Centre

Fans in Glasgow will finally be able to get their hands on the Chicken Sandwich that 'broke the internet' this July!

READ MORE
Elder Park Library and Community Hub to reopen following restoration

Elder Park Library and Community Hub to reopen following restoration

The reopening date for the newly restored Elder Park Library has been confirmed.

READ MORE
Asda Scotland relaunches Happy to Chat initiative

Asda Scotland relaunches Happy to Chat initiative

Asda Scotland delivery drivers wear ‘Happy to Chat about the game’ badges to help tackle loneliness during summer of sport

READ MORE
City unveils new birthday brand to mark 850th year

City unveils new birthday brand to mark 850th year

Glasgow City Council has revealed the new brand behind its plans to mark the city's 850th birthday, in 2025.

READ MORE
Garden Centre invites families to enjoy a Teddy Bears Picnic

Garden Centre invites families to enjoy a Teddy Bears Picnic

Dobbies is inviting families to roll out the picnic blanket and gather around this summer as it unveils its brand-new event, Teddy Bears' Picnic.

READ MORE
Voices to soar in unity for uplifting Refugee Festival Scotland performance

Voices to soar in unity for uplifting Refugee Festival Scotland performance

Voices from around the world who have made Scotland their home will be raised in celebration and unity at a special concert as part of Refugee Festival Scotland later this week.

READ MORE
Glasgow Jazz Festival gets underway for 2024

Glasgow Jazz Festival gets underway for 2024

Glasgow Jazz Festival launches today with performances from some of the biggest names in jazz set to be hosted in the city across the iconic five day event.

READ MORE
New kids cinema club, UV discos and fun pizza making events announced for summer at Platform

New kids cinema club, UV discos and fun pizza making events announced for summer at Platform

Platform targets the family market with a summer schedule of kids' fun featuring a Summer Cinema Club and fun pizza making events!

READ MORE
Everything you need to know about the 2024 Glasgow Mela

Everything you need to know about the 2024 Glasgow Mela

The Glasgow Mela returns this weekend for a day full of free multicultural fun for all the family!

READ MORE
Full cast of the Pavilion Panto, Beauty & the Beastie, revealed

Full cast of the Pavilion Panto, Beauty & the Beastie, revealed

As we look forward to the Christmas season, the Pavilion Theatre in collaboration with Imagine is excited to share an exclusive first look at the cast for this year's panto, Beauty & the Beastie!

READ MORE
Celebrate 20 Years of Fun at Funstation!

Celebrate 20 Years of Fun at Funstation!

Funstation is proud to announce a monumental milestone as we mark our 20 Years Of Fun.

READ MORE
EUROS beer garden opens on Ingram Street

EUROS beer garden opens on Ingram Street

Glasgow's premier steakhouse is welcoming the warm weather months and the season of football with their newly installed 65 inch HDTV screens in their sunlit Madri Terrace!

READ MORE
Scottish Ensemble announce their new season

Scottish Ensemble announce their new season

Scottish Ensemble, a pioneering collective of musicians who champion music for strings, announces its 2024-25 season of events.

READ MORE
Summer flowers, sandwiches and scones with Dobbies

Summer flowers, sandwiches and scones with Dobbies

Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre, is inviting gardening fans across the country to celebrate the start of summer with its 'Planting and Afternoon Tea – Holiday Edition' experience.

READ MORE
Pipers called on to join Piping Live! Big Band procession

Pipers called on to join Piping Live! Big Band procession

The Piping Live! Big Band will return for its seventh showcase at this year’s festival and pipers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the iconic event.

READ MORE
The Kraken Rum and Fat Hippo partner to launch rum infused burger

The Kraken Rum and Fat Hippo partner to launch rum infused burger

This Tuesday 18th June, the worlds of two beasts collide, as the 'Hippo vs Kraken' burger lands at Fat Hippo restaurants and concessions across the UK!

READ MORE
Full casting announced for Only Fools And Horses The Musical at the Theatre Royal Glasgow

Full casting announced for Only Fools And Horses The Musical at the Theatre Royal Glasgow

The producers of the smash hit show Only Fools and Horses The Musical have announced the full casting for the UK tour which comes to the Theatre Royal Glasgow in October!

READ MORE

Sponsored Links

East Renfrewshire Culture
Halo Arts
Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust
Renfrewshire Council
City Sightseeing Glasgow
Glasgow's Leading Attractions
The Quay

Sponsored Links

Renfrewshire Council
Glasgow Music City Tours
Renfrewshire Council
City Of Glasgow Chorus
Tea Green
Paisley First
Fayre Play
East Renfrewshire Culture
Halo Arts
Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust
Renfrewshire Council
City Sightseeing Glasgow
Glasgow's Leading Attractions
The Quay

Go Radio | Number 1 for Glasgow & The West - Listen on DAB, Online or on your Smart Speaker, just say "Launch Go Radio"

Go Radio

Popular Events

Green Day
Green Day will return to Glasgow's Bellahouston Park with The Saviors Tour on Tuesday 25th June with support from Nothing But Thieves and Maid Of Ace!
WestFest
WestFest returns for its second annual festival between Saturday 1st and Sunday 30th June, delivering a wide array of high quality, vibrant and inclusive events to the area!
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
The Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival returns to Kelvingrove Park for a ninth year with 12 nights of live music from Gabrielle, Bananarama, Echo & The Bunnymen and many more!
Summer Of Fun At Glasgow Museums
Glasgow Museums have a whole 'Summer of Fun' planned to keep the whole family entertained across the Summer Holidays!
Summer Nights on the Southside: The Waterboys
The Waterboys will play The Big Top Tent in Queens Park on Friday 28th June, as part of Summer Nights on the Southside, with special guests Admiral Fallow, Nati and Goliath!

Popular Listings

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum King's Theatre Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut O2 Academy Glasgow SEC Armadillo Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The OVO Hydro