Love whiskey? No? Me neither. But I looove the Pot Still.
What looks like a tired, old man's pub located near the top of Hope St, is a warm, fuzzy place of good cheer, chat, and tunes. They are a whiskey specialist and have a range of dozens (doesn't even begin to cover it) of malts from here to Japan. I was once told "There's a whiskey for everyone!" and I didn't believe it still I sampled Chivas' Lochan Ora. It's more of a liqueur, technically, but it has a warm, spiced flavour, and goes down a treat as a chaser to one if their draught guest ales.
But fear not whiskey fearties! They stock your standard range if spirits and choice ciders, as well as vino and some alcopops.
Food comes in the form of a Scotch of steak pie, accompanied by peas or beans, or a toastie. Basically, you're here for the bar, not gastro chic, and the homely, simple eats are stomach liners.
Music wise there's a decent range, from modern rock, to the odd chart song. It's not too loud, so you can get chatting to visitors from all over the globe. Most recently I met an engaged couple of lawyers from DC, and a 30 year married pair from Manchester. On previous sojourns I've made friends from Germany, the States, and good old Glasgow. There's a great age range, and the bar staff are really friendly and knowledgable.
The Pot Still is always a busy wee bar and is a must visit stop for tourists and locals alike. A great atmosphere and true Glaswegian hospitality at it's best.
I've never seen so much whisky in one place! Literally a wall of whisky awaits you behind the bar and staff are very knowledgeable and will happily talk you through the awesome selection they have. My check in here summed it up so well:
"Buying a Whisky here is a bit like choosing a wand at Olivanders - the knowledgeable staff will always help you find the one just right for you"
Go check it our, you won't be disappointed!
Had a great time here for a few drinks with friends. Talk to Frank- he'll teach you everything here is to know about whisky!
4.5 out of 5 - great pub, only problem is that is usually busy because it's popular.
The Pot Still is a good old fashioned pub, has a huge range of whisky and a nice relaxed atmosphere, the staff are friendly and welcoming and if you are peckish the do a damn good pork pie too!
This is not a gastropub, wine bar, or trendy cocktail serving place. Enjoy your pint, your whisky and a nice quiet pub.
Just, don't tell everyone, eh! ;)
Slowly acquiring a legendary status amongst pubs.
Can't believe I'd never done a review for the awesome Pot Still before! So I'll keep it short and sweet.
-awesome whisky lineup (450+) which may well be the biggest and best in the world
-35ml measures for spirits
-4 real ales on at any time
-wide selection of difficult to source and tasty German beers in their magic fridge
-really friendly and helpful staff
-old school inside, lovely warm and welcoming feel to the place
-only a short walk from Central Station
-reasonably priced, especially given its popularity
-sometimes there are too many Americans in the bar (only kidding!)
-difficult to get a seat at times due to its size, so those with mobility issues may not enjoy it as much
The Pot Still is quite possibly the best pub in Glasgow.
It is to whisky what Forbidden Planet is to comics (see review). Although a wee bit pricey, you are in fact paying for top notch single malt (or bourbon, vodka and beer as you see fit!)
The pub itself has two levels and a not bad size but owing to its popularity, it feels quite 'cosy'. In other words it is always jam packed. Tourist love it because they get a wee taste of Scots enjoying whisky in their natural habitat, and Scots love it because it harks back to bygone days.
As I mentioned there is a veritable (and given how much I'e drank tonight, 'veritable' is quite impressive) choice of spirits. Whiskies from across Scotland, the US and Japan as well as some top choice vodka.
What more can I say? The Pot Still should be an instant marker on your pub crawl list, your Friday payday destination map, your patriotic subconscious!!
The next dram's on me :)
This has to be my favourite surprise on the alphabet crawl! Either this or the Talisker my friend bought me in this bar!
From the outside this bar is deceiving but once you walk through the portal to the other side you are submerged in a great atmosphere! The owner/main barmen looked awesome with his beard and another take on a 21st Century Kilt!
The beers and ales are of good range but it was the whiskey that caught my eyes. The prices are fair and I shall be returning to this bar for pillaging and plundering......fine, I'll just buy stuff.....LOTS!
So much whisky, so little time to drink it. Great selection of whisky, fantastic, and great bartenders who are an excellent source of whisky knowledge to provide advice on what next you should drink as you work your way through the evening
Quite the unique and special case - rarely do you see so many bottles of whisky in one place, let alone so many *different* whiskies. On shelves from floor to ceiling they loom over you at the bar, goading you into opting for something that sounds impressive! The bar staff were busy on a Friday evening late shift when I visited, but they had time for all the customers and certainly knew their way around the spirits.
Finding a seat was... well, quite delightful. Up a small flight of stairs, onto a landing area, huddled around a small table. Visiting at quieter times of the week would be a whole other experience I'm sure, giving the discerning customer time to check the form behind the bar - so many bottles and hopefully plenty of time.
Great place for Whisky lovers. Although your round can get very expensive.
Nice city centre bar with a very old man type feel to the bar. Normally some great cask ales on to complement the whisky.
The food is well... Pie and beans or a toastie which is all they ever need to serve and why do more.
I never really venture into the Pot Still much, I don't know why. I like it, it's fairly well set price wise, and they have an astounding selection of whisky and whiskey with an e...
In fact the hangover I usually nurse after a trip to The Pot might be the reason I don't go there often. It's one of the few places in Glasgow that serves Powers Irish whiskey, which I happen to love to a degree that may be illegal in 27 countries, but we'll gloss over that.
The staff are really really good at their job (and climbing to reach some of those bottles) and advise people that maybe aren't sure of their drink as to which they'd like. I spoke to two Austrian peeps on Friday and they were muchly impressed by the choice and help they got.
As an added bonus, I watched the Scotland game, and we won. I don't know if I can attribute that to the Pot Still... but there you go. It happened.
Go an give it a try, but be prepared to lose a few hours. Or days.
What can I say about this place that hasn't been said before?
So I'll just add to the rest of 5 star reviews and say that this is my favorite pub in Glasgow, the central belt, Scotland, UK, Europe and quite probably the world, maybe even further afield.
Amazing collection of whisky, 4 hand pulled beers and staff that are knowledgeable,helpful and passionate about their wares in a good old fashioned, relaxing bar setting.
I cannot recommend this place more, nor can I sing it's praises higher. I may review it twice so I can give it 10 stars.
Had the best experience at the Pot Still. Whisky, Food and service... Highly recommend it!
So, -that- happened...
Me: Hello, are you all serving dinner?
Bartender: We don't serve food here.
Me: Oh. [awkward pause] I get it - you just serve whisky. No worries, I'll have a dram while I'm here anyhow. Have anything peaty?
Bartender: Sure, we have-
Stranger who just showed up: You could have a Laphroaig.
Me: ... [I'm thinking to myself I'd rather try something new...]
Bartender: How about a Bowmore?
Me: Sounds great, I've not had that one before, and it's an Islay.
Bartender: That's great then. [pours a dram] That'll be £3.70 then.
Me: [forks over cash]
Man of the couple: I'll take a Guinness please.
Lady of the couple: I'll have a bloody mary please.
Bartender: Er... what's in a bloody mary?
Man: This isn't that kind of place...
Lady: Oh. Haha. I'll take a red wine then.
While I don't feel wholly redeemed, I sure feel a lot better. Ah, shaudenfreude!
No, The Pot Still doesn't serve food, but they serve booze. And lots of it. In fact, there's a whole wall full of single malts - some of which I've never even seen or heard of before! That's in addition to the half-dozen taps for beer, mini-fridge of wine, and another mini-fridge or two of bottled brews.
Way low key on a Sunday early evening. This is kind of the place I wished was in my neighborhood in London. I'd be here every single night. And at the affordable prices per dram... I would be, too!
Still without doubt one of the most down to earth bars you're ever likely to come across in Glasgow. The fact that this place exists in the city centre is just a god send. Choice wise, it's so awesome that words fail to really grasp the awesomeness of it.
Best thing to do is go. Feast upon the spender of the wall o whisky. Rejoice in the availability of a good couple of ales on tap and enjoy the buzz of quiet conversation.
it's good. Go.
Ken may no longer be with us - but this place continues on as a whisky powerhouse with a lovely soft approach to the joy of Uisge Beatha.
There are some very nice drams on sale here - ask and the folks behind the bar are sure to help.
When you enter here - please take some time and admire the architecture not adorned by bottles. It really is a lovely pub.
Finally., the best thing about this place are the patrons. I have had numerous conversations with Glasgow folks while sipping a nice dram.
Maybe it is the whisky.
Maybe it is Glasgow.
All I know is that it is something you need to experience.
My wife and I were in Glasgow for a business trip and had finished up dinner across the street from this establishment. I originally just wanted to look at the place to see if it was worth checking out in the future. Then I read the story on the outside about the history of the place and saw something about over 300 malts.
I immediately looked at my wife with the same face a 7-year-old gives to his mother when he's found a puppy and wants to keep it.
We needed to stop in for a dram. Or 5.
We walked in and were greeted with a pub created exactly the way I'd expect a Scotland pub to be created. Small. Short bar area just off to the side of the door. Benches and tables along the walls both downstairs and upstairs.
Oh, and the selection behind the bar - whiskies as far as the eye could see.
Yes, I may have shed a tear.
After finding a spot to settle in on a 75% full Thursday night I walked up to the bar to order my first whisky. I simply asked for a Highland that I couldn't get in the US. The bartender smiled a knowing smile, said, "Sure, not a problem", and she was off. She came back with a couple of bottles for me to check out and, once I made my selection, poured out my dram, my beer back, and my wife's Bailey's/rocks. (She hasn't quite started drinking whisky yet. Yet.)
I settled back in at the corner with my wife to enjoy. For that moment all in the universe was just perfect.
Between that night and two more visits I was able to sample many a single malt. Every time I had a conversation about what was going to be next the bartenders were able to select a few items, talk about each one highlighting different notes about them, and each time I was pointed at exactly what I was looking for. Never before have I seen people with that amazing of a level of knowledge about whisky. I was able to benefit in both gained knowledge and, of course, the chance to enjoy amazing whisky.
If you're a whisky fan you owe it to yourself to visit Pot Still. If you've arrived from elsewhere, have the cabbie take you to your hotel just long enough to drop off your bags and then have them bring you here - this is where you want to be. You will thank me later.
And for the record, 12 down, 288+ left to go.
Although The Pot Still is a great whiskey bar, its real charm is the atmosphere. Somehow balancing the atmosphere of a locals' bar with a friendly and relaxed environment, it is close to the hub of the city centre, without being painfully busy, loud or aggressive.
With its two levels, it is great for both an intimate drink or something more social, and attracts a mature crowd. This probably accounts for the relative quiet, and respectful friendliness.
Hey, you want to go to the place where everyone recommends for scotch whisky (not whiskey)? Then yeah, get to the pot still.
My girlfriend and i came in one night during a trip to Glasgow, and the place was packed but still eager to serve. The bartenders will definitely entertain requests for recommendations, but it also feels great to get a glass of whatever you want when there are HUNDREDS of choices. Good energy, helpful staff, great seating area upstairs, this should definitely be on every traveler's list to give custom whilst visiting or passing through glasgow.
As far as whisky bars go this is Glasgow's most famous and deservedly so. The entire gentry is taken over by mats and blends, except a token vodka here and gin there, from Slay to Speyside and everything in between.
Now that the Murphy clan are back the atmosphere has returned to the warm and welcoming kind with food now being served, albeit basic pub staples like pies and soup.
One for tourists and locals alike wanting to sample a wide range of whiskies in a traditional pub. They also serve real ales as well.
For those that like The Pot Still, I can also recommend The Briton's Protection in Manchester.
Having taken my brother there earlier in the year, he returned the favour by introducing me to the excellent Pot Still.
It is a lovely traditional pub with hundreds of whiskies to tempt you & extremely knowledgeable bar staff / friendly customers to help you choose.
Having described the sort of whiskies I normally enjoy, I left the selection, with one exception, to the staff.
Only there for a short visit, we ended up sampling;
Dalmore 16 yr
Yamazaki 10 yr
Strathisla 12 yr
BenRiach 12 yr Arumaticus Fumosus
Scapa 12 yr
With the latter 2 being my personal favourites.
Overall it was an excellent experience and I'm looking forward to returning.
Proper beer and whisky,
Proper bar staff,
That is all.
Best Whiskey Bar I've been so far, and there is no point to change my location :D. the guy behind the bar is just amazing, if you are new to whiskeys he will explain you a lot and suggest you a great 'starter -whiskey' and based on that you could try different types everytime :D not so cheap to buy a whiskey here, but what the hell, everybody needs a hobby :) see you there next time
What can one say, if you want to drink whisky in Glasgow you won't find a finer selection anywhere in town, combine with a friendly atmosphere. top place
Regular visitor from south of border , i tend to find scotland a bit poor for real ale pubs . The Pot Still is a gem ,
Not a huge range of beer but well kept , great range of malts . The pub itself is very welcoming .
When in Scotland one must drink scotch! And as we are scotch lovers we were very happy to get to try some hard to get whiskey. I did a little research and learned that this is one of the best whiskey bars in town so after our dinner at the Butterfly and the Pig we walked over here. The bar is a classic pub and definitely more of a local hangout than it is a tourist destination. We made our way to the bar, befriended one of the bar maids and got ourselves a little scotch tasting. I'm not much a fan of peaty scotches but everything else we tried were tremendous. In particular we were absolutely in love with a limited edition bottle of Glendronach and ended up finishing what they had left. Yes, it was a great time and I'd definitely come back if I were ever in Glasgow again.
Awww I love the pot still :-) its a bot of an old mans pub with a brilliant whisky selection and a food range of beers at a fair to middling price. its a place I can meet my friends and a place I feel comfortable sitting in on my own.
Wall of whisky, well priced cheeseboard, odd tunes sometimes but made up for by being lovely atmospheric place in a bit of town which has too many terrible identikit bars.
Knowledgeable staff who aren't judgemental toward whisky novices too, it would seem. Always a bonus.
A 'must-visit' pub in Glasgow, 100's of fantastic whisky's, not mention ales, German beers and food.Traditional feel pub run by local family who will passionately advise your next drink, great chat is never far and you'll meet locals, globals and sometimes whisky legends. Their tastings are great value.
They have more than 300 Scotch whiskies.
Do not be shy, ask for help. Even un-educated questions are welcome :)
They know their stuff and are eager to share their passion.
It is very down to earth place. Not a dive bar but nothing fancy.
This "Whisky" Bar has been on Hope Street, Glasgow since being opened by John Waterson, who is well-known from "Burns Howff", a popular Glasgow Bar & Music Venue in the 60's + 70's.
The Bar, itself, houses a Fine + Vast Selection of Malt + Blended Whiskies displayed Floor to Ceiling around the Walls behind the Bar. Take your pick and the Staff will fetch it down for you. It is a very warm, comfortable place and Staff are friendly + welcoming !!! Prices are realistic !!!
In 1997 they did a Promotion to complete the Whisky Trail, in the Bar, and win a T Shirt. I managed to win two of these within a short space of time and am still wearing one 12 years later. It has, of course, been washed once or twice over the years !!!
Toilets are adequate and Decor is conducive to relaxation !!!
Nice after a hard day at work. Try it + see for yourself !!!
Great bar that holds a good atmosphere to meet a group of friends. It's away from all the other strips of bars the city has so it tends to attract people who want to go there. They have a fine selection of whisky but can also pull a great pint. It's got some history to it also, detailed on the outside window. Great place.
This award winning Whisky bar is great fun.
Go there to stand in awe at the shear numbers of bottles of whisky and if you dare ask the bramn for one from the top shelf so they need to climb the ladder.
Helpful, knowledgeable staff it can get busy by regulars.
The owners also owns The Cask and Still straight across from The Pot Still.
Female toilets are down the stairs.
Highly knowledgeable and friendly owner/ bartender...thank you Brian
This is a fabulous pub. You can have a blether as the music is background. Both clientele and staff are very friendly and you don't wait long to be served.
If you've never been in then get yourself along, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
A couple of times I've recommended this pub for tourists. The selection fo whisky is a fine directory of all the different kinds of flavours you could imagine.
It's small and traditional. Exactly what it should be.
The staff are knowledgable and will gladly recommend a malt for those who don't know where to start.
A great example of a traditional Scottish pub.
Amazing pub, huge selection of whisky and a very knowledgeable bartender. Great local for non locals as everyone is friendly and out for a laugh. Good deals on their whisky of the month and local pints as well.
If you're drinking in Glasgow, drink here. I don't drink whiskey and told them so, but that; I wanted to try. With cries of 'Well Done!", I got an education and a dram, with some coaching by the barman and the locals. I took my drink and my two pints up to the upper galley, where I could watch the action and experience. And that's what it was. These guys take their whiskey seriously in a totally laid back way. Most folks dropped in, drank their shots and bugged out. I was there all night and it was totally cool. It's also been their since the beginning of time and there's a plaque on the side of the place that fills you in about that. Like I said, if you're in Glasgow, trying to avoid a kiss or a smile (look that up if you don't know), drop in, and drink like a Scot.
Great place to grab a pint of cask ale!
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