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January 18, 2019

People all over the world will be celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns on Friday 25th January. Here are a couple of 5pm favourites in Glasgow which will be marking the Bard's birthday with special events.

First up, Malmaison is hosting a dinner  with whisky specialists Douglas Laing on Friday 25th.

Host David Ferguson will be leading an interactive whisky master class where guests will sample and learn about the different Douglas Laing whiskies, including the all time favourite: Timorous Beastie. 

The menu is as follows:

Haggis neeps and tatties

Haggis croquette, smoked potato soup and neep purée

Cock-a-leekie - pan fried corn fed chicken, braised leeks and barley, whisky sauce

Cranachan - oat meal cookie, raspberry ripple ice cream sandwich and cream

Tickets are £35 and the event starts at 7pm.

Whisky flight

Amazing views are all in a day's work for the Red Sky Bar in Radisson RED.

Amazing views are all in a day's work for the Red Sky Bar in Radisson RED.

Another option would be this Big Deal on a whisky flight and haggis bon bons at the panoramic Red Sky Bar in Radisson RED.

Available on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January, from noon to 9pm, the offer is for one person to enjoy three whiskies accompanied by a side order of haggis bon bons.

The whisky flight comprises Highland Park (named ‘Best Spirit in the World’ by USA whisky expert Paul Pacult), Naked Grouse and Famous Grouse.

To be frank, we would happily drink whisky and eat haggis while watching paint dry but the Red Sky Bar in Radisson RED offers more intriguing possibilities.

Offering stunning views of the Clyde, Hydro and Armadillo as well as Finnieston Crane and the Squinty Bridge, the Red Sky Bar is a rooftop hangout to remember.

Have a fab weekend and we will return on Monday with a couple of Edinburgh suggestions for Burns Night frolics.

5pm Dining Sale

In the meantime, remember that the 5pm January Dining Sale is still alive and kicking.

You can browse all the 5pm restaurants which are offering two or three course meals - some even include a drink - for £12.

These include Café Source at St Andrew's in the Square. The restaurant is in the basement of St Andrew's in the Square, a former church turned venue.

The building has a very strong link to Burns.

Back in the day, a certain Agnes Craig, originally of Saltmarket, married James McLehose in the church.

Agnes McLehose is better known to Burns fans as….?

Clarinda, who was the inspiration for Ae Fond Kiss.