Beer is a pretty popular drink of choice in Scotland. Aside from Scotch whisky, it might be the most ordered drink in the country. So, it comes as no surprise that craft beer bars in Glasgow are popping up all over the place.
Long gone are the days of Old World taverns. Well, they’re not long gone, but newer craft beer bars are certainly giving the older taverns a run for their money. And, we totally get it. The craft beer bars in this popular city are home to some of the best beers in the world.
From hazy IPAs and creamy stouts to unfiltered pale ales, you’ll find it all at any one of the seven best craft beer bars in Glasgow.
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BrewDog’s Edinburgh location made our list of the 50 Best Craft Beer Bars in Europe. However, the Glasgow bar is equally worth a visit. The famous Scottish BrewDog brewery started with a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as its founders were. It still manages to be an expert when it comes to craft beer. With a daily changing beer list and passionate staff, beer lovers are well looked after.
With over 120 rotating craft beers to choose from on any given visit, Grunting Growler is the go-to choice for craft beer bars in Glasgow in terms of quality, choice, and taste. They’ve got six craft beers on tap that they update regularly with everything from a grapefruit soda IPA to a wild honey Saison. If you find something you love, they’ll bottle it up for you so you can take it home to enjoy again later.
Head on down to Glasgow’s East End to explore the Wellpark brewery complex. That’s where you’ll find Drygate, and impressively industrial craft beer bar and brewery serving up 24 draught beers on tap and over 200 bottles to browse and enjoy at their bottle shop. There’s no denying that you won’t be spoilt for choice here, which means you might want to go ahead and ask a staff member for recommendations on something unique and special.
If you’re visiting Glasgow and are looking for a quality place to kick back and enjoy some tasty, creative craft beers after exploring the city, Inn Deep is the perfect place for you. The trendy craft ale pub has got some seriously trendy wooden arched ceilings that give it a cosy feel. Sample their own house beer (the Joker IPA is quality) or branch out and try others which include a Kentucky sour or an English bitter.
When you visit Koelschip Yard you can expect quite a lot, which is why even the locals think it’s one of the best craft beer bars in Glasgow. They’ve got 14 keg and three cask lines featuring some of the best craft beer being made in the world. Don’t worry, there’s nothing mainstream here. Enjoy varieties of beer from small and independent breweries. We think this makes it a great stop for visitors travelling through who are looking to sample something completely new.
Shilling Brewing Co. is one of the most upscale, modern craft beer bars we’ve ever seen. The art deco vibes combine perfectly with the contemporary light fixtures that hang from the ceiling. On top of offering ample space for guests to stretch out and enjoy their beer, they’re home to the largest selection of draught beer in Scotland. Pair that with one of their fresh homemade pizzas and you’re in flavour paradise.
It wouldn’t be a roundup of the best craft beer in Glasgow without mentioning WEST Brewery. This Glasgow Green Bavarian-style beer garden also acts as a brewery and restaurant. So, if you’ve got the time to do so, it’s worth the short drive out to Glasgow Green. On a sunny day, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy artisan lagers, wheat beers and traditional German cuisine. And, it’s well worth taking a tour of the brewery if you can.