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October 26, 2018

A new restaurant from the Mother India family, a new gin bar and Glasgow's Whisky Festival (pictured). We've got them all covered.

Oh, and since we're here, we'll throw in a very popular gin festival in Stirling as well.

First up, the Mother India group of restaurants have acquired a new site: The Lansdowne Bar & Kitchen in Lansdowne Crescent.

Will Monir Mohammed stick to the concepts which have made his existing restaurants such a success in Glasgow and Edinburgh? 

Or can we expect something totally different?

We'll just have to wait and see. The as yet un-named venture has pencilled in a late November opening date.

New gin bar

The Gin Rickey: gin, gin and more gin, Plus tequila and rum.

The Gin Rickey: gin, gin and more gin, Plus tequila and rum. Pic: Facebook.

Not a million miles from Lansdowne Crescent, The Gin Rickey has opened in the site formerly occupied by Liberté bar and bistro.

Most recently the premises hosted Sualdo's Mexican pop-up.

As the name suggests, gin will be a big feature with the current roster of 77 gins rising to a whopping hundred over the next few months.

Along with eight draught beers and cider, the Gin Rickey is dishing up oodles of rum and tequila. On the food front, a new pop-up menu is promised every six months.

It's the sister restaurant to Tabac in the city centre.

If memory serves, the people behind Tabac also ran the Black Sparrow which preceded Liberté.

Glasgow's Whisky Festival

At the time of writing, there were still a few tickets left for Glasgow's Whisky Festival which takes place at Hampden on Saturday 10th November.

This is the tenth one and, as always, the emphasis is on showcasing drams from the distilleries closest to Glasgow.

Of course, that doesn't mean others are excluded. There will be at least 60 stalls at the event with whisky from afar as Wick's Old Pulteney and even India's Paul John.

Now, we were going to blether about the gin festival taking place in Stirling on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November.

Unfortunately, it would appear to have sold out.

You could always enquire about returns or just make tracks for The Gin Rickey.