We were invited along to the launch of beGIN, on the former site of Bobar on Byres Road. We jumped at the chance with Mrs Foodie being a big lover of the botanical spirit.
Hillhead has been losing out on the westend limelight to Finnieston of late so it’s good to see something new and exciting happening here for a change.
BeGIN stocks 68 varieties of gin with their house gin being Plymouth Gin with premium gin Monkey 47 used in a number of unique cocktails. There is also a selection of craft beers (mainly Goose Island with Goose-headed tap handles like you might find in American bars), wine and plenty of other drinks.
Gins available include:
- Monkey 47
- The Broadside
- The Cutlass
- The Sabre
- Eccentric Limbeck
- Eccentric Young Tom
- Eccentric Madam Geneva
Nitin Ramtri, general manager, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for us. Gin bars are becoming more and more popular and we were keen to bring the first one to Glasgow’s West End. This new bar gives us the opportunity to introduce the ‘beGIN Perfect Serve’ to our customers.
“Not only will the gin connoisseur and the beGINner be able to choose from our extensive range of 68 gins, they will also have a choice of 12 mixers and 28 garnishes. Our expert staff will be able to suggest ways to create the ‘beGIN Perfect Serve’, using ingredients suggested by both our gin companies and ourselves. We also want our customers to get creative and use their GINtuition to create their very own ‘Perfect Serve’ from our selection of gins, mixers, and garnishes.”
We loved the improvements to (what was) BoBar, especially more seats! The steampunk decor is very now and goes well with hipster gin. We’re looking forward to a return visit already!
Here are some images from the launch night to give you an idea of the bar vibe.
Location: Site of old Bobar, Hilton Grosvenor, 383 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AU