Two Glasgow Bars included in Top 50 Cocktail Bars in UK

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East-London bar, Satan’s Whiskers, was voted number one in this year’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars sponsored by Franklin & Sons. Congratulations to them, however, two Glasgow bars made it to the list.

The Absent Ear in Glasgow city centre comes in at number 25, with Southside Lunar making a debut at number 49. Congratulations!

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Chris Lowe, publisher of Top 50 Cocktail Bars, said “Whilst London continues to dominate this year’s list, it is very exciting to see other major cities across the UK make their mark on the list. The ever-growing interest in cocktails and bartending within the UK means we are spoilt for choice on where to go, and this list allows for the best of the UK bar scene to have a spotlight placed on them – and for consumers to find these hidden gems.”

The Top 50 Cocktail Bars 2023 list is as follows: 

1Satan’s Whiskers, Bethnal Green, London 
2Lab 22, Cardiff
3Tayēr + Elementary, Shoreditch, London 
4SCHOFIELD’S BAR, Manchester
5Swift, Soho, London 
6Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
7Three Sheets, Dalston, London 
8Speak in Code, Manchester
9Bar with Shapes for a Name, Hackney, London 
10The Connaught, Mayfair, London
11Little Mercies, Crouch End, London
12Couch, Birmingham
13Bramble, Edinburgh
14The Pineapple Club, Birmingham
15Ojo Rojo, Bournemouth 
16Disrepute, Soho, London
17Artesian, Oxford Circus, London
18Hideout, Bath
19Nightjar, Shoreditch, London
20Present Company, Liverpool
21Publiq, South Kensington, London 
22Scarfes Bar, Holborn, London 
23Lyaness, South Bank, London
24Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum, Chinatown, London 
25The Absent Ear, Glasgow
26Happiness Forgets, Hoxton, London 
27Hey Palu, Edinburgh
28Filthy XIII, Bristol
29Homeboy, Islington, London
30Soma, Soho, London
31Coupette, Bethnal Green
32Passing Fancies, Birmingham
33Bar Termini, Soho, London
34Seed Library, Shoreditch, London
35Murder Inc, Soho, London
36Penny Royal, Cardiff
37Callooh Callay, Shoreditch, London
38Silverleaf, Liverpool St, London
39Public, Sheffield
40Fox & Chance, Birmingham
41Blinker, Manchester
42Below Stairs, Leeds 
43Milk Thistle, Bristol
44Gungho!, Brighton
45Hedonist, Leeds
46Amaro, Kensington, London
47Cottonmouth, Nottingham
48Tabula Rasa, Leeds
49Lunar, Glasgow
50Bench, Sheffield

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About Top 50  

Top 50 Cocktail Bars is now in its fifth year, with the first list published in June 2018. The bars on the list are voted for by hundreds of experts, bartenders, bar owners and drinks writers, with a big focus on gaining votes for bars within specific regions to ensure the list represents as much of the UK as possible.   

Top 50 Gastropubs, Top 50 Cocktail Bars and Top 50 Boutique Hotels offer consumers the definitive guide of where to eat, drink and sleep throughout the UK. The lists are owned and produced by William Reed title The Morning Advertiser.   

About The Morning Advertiser:  

The Morning Advertiser was launched in 1794 and is one of the longest running publications in the world. Now firmly in the 21st Century, The MA continues to be the definitive voice for the pub trade – offering the latest pub news, and unique advice-driven content for publicans, delivering powerful insights and robust information to help their businesses succeed.  

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