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November 14, 2018

First up, The Bell Jar is now open and trading on Dixon Avenue in Glasgow's Govanhill.

We blethered about the place as it was taking shape in early October.

It's the sister bar and kitchen to the much loved Sparklehorse in Dowanhill.

According to a tweet from Sci-Fi Steven, one of the owners who many of you may recall from the band Bis, it is not quite the finished article just yet but they are open and serving.

Their food menu has been posted and it's more interesting than many a pub grub offering.

Fancy a plate of lamb shoulder lasagne topped with goat cheese? Fried halloumi with pomegranate, almonds and chilli? Or how about the mussels with rosemary, cider and bacon?

Mogwai get devilish with beer

Have a beer with Mogwai.

Have a beer with Mogwai.

Continuing the theme of bars/drinks with a connection to Scottish bands which came to prominence in the 90s - still following? - Signature Brew have (young) teamed up with Mogwai to create a limited-edition 5.2% ABV New England pale.

Naturally, the beer is called Mogwai Beer Satan, a play on one of their earliest tracks Mogwai Fear Satan.

Bath Street Burger giveaway

Last week, we mentioned that Bath Street Burger was planning to launch today.

It promises 'delicious, high quality burgers, shakes, craft beers, cocktails and 70s funk, soul and disco with an awesome graffiti backdrop, specially commissioned by Glasgow’s very own Rogue One.'

It would be a surprise if we don't cover Bath Street Burger in more detail but, for now, we will just point out that they are giving away their first hundred burgers when they open at noon on Friday 16th November.

Get there sharpish.

Rogue One puts the finishing touches to his work at Bath Street Burger

Rogue One puts the finishing touches to his work at Bath Street Burger Pic: Bath Street Burger Facebook.

Drink events in Edinburgh

Hopping across the M8, there are three fun wine events coming up.

First of all, Contini George Street is the venue for a complimentary wine tasting hosted by Patrizia Baldini, Senior Brand Manager for Liberty Wines.

Taking place 6pm-8pm this evening, the event will see Patrizia and Victor Contini taking guests through a free, informal tasting of their Venetian wines.

As we have mentioned, it is free but space is limited so you need to book via Eventbrite.

Natural wine and Chilean flavours

We realise that we are not giving you much notice of the Contini event so here is another wine do:

83 Hanover Street has teamed up with natural wine experts L’Art Du Vin to host a special one-off dinner on Wednesday 21st November.

Guests will get the chance to try five natural wines each carefully paired with a selection of small and large plates.

The restaurant has created quite a splash since opening this summer and its mix of Chilean dishes made with Scottish ingredients has been a hit.

We're not going to list all the dishes but the menu includes ceviche, calamari, beef short rib, lamb croquettes, charred octopus with a white bean escabeche and pineapple as a sorbet, fritter and charred.

Guests are advised to arrive by 6.45pm for a glass of sparkling wine. Including wines, the menu is £45 per person.

The bar at 83 Hanover Street.

The bar at 83 Hanover Street.

And if you love your bubbles, you will pop your cork at this Saturday's Fizz Feast in Edinburgh.

Taking place over two sessions, noon-3pm and 4-7pm, the event is in the Main Hall at The Edinburgh Academy on Henderson Row in Stockbridge.

It is billed as a 'unique festival dedicated exclusively to Champagne and sparkling wine along with an array of fabulous artisan food'.

Tickets are here.