Attached to the Grosvenor Hotel, Bobar suffers a little from Hotel Bar syndrome but it makes it up for the enthusiastic bar staff willing to help and obviously proud of their creations.
A classic cocktails menu of 11 cocktails as well as 12 winter cocktails which included a cocktail named “Christmas Dinner” – Chopin Vodka, Red Wine, Carrot, Sage, Turkey and Cranberry) (soon to be refreshed with a spring menu).
Music was middle of the road (Phil Collins/Average White Band) but a good covers back came on later (two guitarists) who livened the place up and created a better atmosphere. Decor is wooden tables, booth style as well as cocktail perch tables. Interesting art around, a picture of the bar filled with naked bodies!
We concentrated on the Winter Cocktails menu and went for a Gingerbread Negroni – £6.50 – Bombay Sapphire Gin, Aperol, and house made Gingerbread Syrup. Very strong cocktail, bitter tasting with a strong Aperol hit, gingerbread taste wasn’t too strong. After a chat with the bar man, we discovered that the original drink has Campari, but he changed it to Aperol for the sweeter palate of the Glasgow crowd. I think this works better as Campari would have been far too bitter.
Tommy’s Maple Margarita– £6.50 – Jose Cuvero Silver, Maple Syrup, Lime and Cardamom – Great tasting margarita but didn’t really get the taste of the maple or cardamom. Refreshing and limey.
Finally one from their Classic Cocktail Menu – Russian Spring Punch – £6.00 – Absolut Raspberry, Cassis, Prosecco £6.00 – another good one for a summer day, fruity, refreshing with a strong cassis taste. Very easy to drink.
We reviewed Bobar on behalf of Social and Cocktail Website