It’s calling. You should answer. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s dark, wet and sometimes feels like the weekend is never coming… so I introduce emergency cocktail Thursdays to beat the almost-weekend doldrums.
Our inaugural outing leads us to Hillhead Bookclub just off Byres Road. A perfect choice.
Room to breathe and explore
It’s a wonderful vast place with high ceilings and refreshing room to breathe. Even with its different levels, booths facing every which way and old fashioned chairs – it feels reassuringly warm and welcoming.
But we’re here with one objective – to explore the impressive cocktail menu.
Delightful drinks galore
We resist the tempting Book Club Punch served in an old fashioned gramophone and head straight for The Pomeranian. Delicious but over far too quickly. The Red Headed Stepchild is my favourite followed by the Colin’s strawberry Collins. A Vanilla Coke Float tops off our night as a shared delightful dessert. Mission accomplished – not a bit of melancholy remains.
Soul-restoring cocktails aside, Hillhead Bookclub is a comforting combination of conundrums. Ping Pong tables, dentist chairs, cocktails in tea cups combine for the perfect offering of ease and relaxation.
So shake off those winter blues, face the cold to take comfort in the warmth and wonder of the Hillhead Bookclub.
With massive pizzas taking over most of our table and cocktails in a row, we’re set to thoroughly enjoy Vespbar.
We had originally come for the rumoured ping pong but got distracted by the cocktail list.
Tucked away on Drury Street in the city centre, Vespbar is a kitsch cool hang out.
It’s a mix of everything good – a jukebox, delish homemade pizzas and Prosecco on tap. What’s not to love?
The staff are friendly and the prices are just as likable.
The mezzanine level is perfect for taking in the surroundings, people watching and chowing down on scrumptious mushroom pizza.
The variety of choice is both extensive and impressive. We’re blissfully overwhelmed.
The classic cosmopolitan and oh so sweet tutti frutti go down nicely. The double-sided list is a hit that has us singing its praises.
Ping Pong dreams
Although it’s too cold for ice-cream, I still can’t help eying up the ice-cream parlour stand in the corner. I will return for frosted delights and that abandoned ping pong match.
So next time you’re in the mood for pizza and possibly ping pong, veer off the beaten track to something a little quirky and a whole lotta fun.
Boudoir wine bar is in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the Merchant City. But the world outside disappears once I slip into the inviting curtained booth – and I’m instantly seduced by the chic but cosy Italian and French-inspired design.
Cocktail choices galore
The 12-page drinks menu is equally captivating, offering up a delicious range of unusual but delightfully named cocktails.
With its intimate setting and soft lighting, Boudoir is perfect place for a saucy rendezvous. Failing that, it’s ideal for shaking off the work day with friends on a Thursday night – and that’s exactly what I do.
After a quick up and down the menu – I begin with the Aivy Vodka and Fentimans Tonic. It can only be described as dangerously delicious and refreshing. A combination I highly recommend for vodka drinkers.
Variety is the spice of life
Among our favourites are the delicate Violet Butterfly – a beautiful concoction of Giffard Violette Liqueur, Finlandia Vodka, fresh lemon juice and prosecco. With just the right hint of cinnamon, the spicy Merchant of Venice is also tasty.
In the background a pianists sets the soundtrack to our perfect night. And when – after a few drinks – hunger calls, we choose from a delightful menu of reasonably priced light bites. The cheese board is an absolute must.
We reluctantly stray from cocktails to a bottle of Petit Bourgeois red. It’s anything but stuffy or predictable – it’s heavenly. Just as refreshing, the staff are equally charming and accommodating.
So if you want round-up the week with friends in an sensational space, a secluded booth at Boudoir awaits you.