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July 24, 2019

A couple of weeks back, we mentioned that drinks maestro Andy Gemmell was opening a new venture on the Gallowgate.

Now settling in, The Gate promises to be 'more than just a bar; a venue that celebrates everything great about Scotland, from the incredible produce to our famous hospitality'.

Apparently, the site of The Gate has been a public house since 1820. Inspired by Andy's travels around the world, the new venture draws inspiration from both traditional pubs and contemporary cocktail bars.

Original features

Oak beams and fireplaces give The Gate a trad feel.

Oak beams and fireplaces give The Gate a trad feel.

A lot of the old pub's original features have been retained including fireplaces, oak beams and the original tenement close through which customers enter the bar.

More modern touches include the bright yellow flash covering the frontage and the neon runway down the tenement close.

Inside, it's all dark forest green with copper touches, a reclaimed wooden floor and bar top plus subtle nods to the bar's Scottish heritage with textured Tartan wallpaper and vintage whisky advertising.

There are also references to the Barras Market and its traders with framed pictures from renowned Glasgow photographer Mark Leslie adorning the walls.  

Evolving cocktail list

The cocktail list at The Gate will change every month.

The cocktail list at The Gate will change every month.

Drinks at The Gate have a big focus on Scottish brands with over 160 whiskies alongside an expanding selection of 30 gins as well as craft beers, rums and liqueurs.

Cocktails have been created by The Gate bartenders with a focus on simple and delicious ingredients. The select list of six cocktails changes each month.

The bartenders' first list has drinks such as the Mana Mia: a tropical and vibrant mix of Jura single malt, apricot, Shiraz, citrus and cherry beer. As well as these six rotating cocktail serves, guests can expect a section dedicated to highballs and a 'fun' part consisting of options like the Red Kola Ramos with Tanqueray gin, citrus, sugar, egg white, cream, orange blossom and Red Kola.

The food offer is simple with bars snacks and toasties like the Toastie no 4, made with Scottish cheddar, Italian taleggio cheese, grand Padano and grated truffle.

Speaking about The Gate, owner Andy Gemmell said:

'I am not trying to re-invent the wheel with The Gate. Good hospitality is relatively simple - make people feel great. I have been lucky in my career to have worked in many different places from great boozers to award-winning cocktail bars. All I want to do is use my experience and give my guests a great time whenever they enter The Gate...

'I have fallen in love with the area and the people here are some of the best you will find on the planet. The Gallowgate has all the ingredients to bring something special to the city and I’m just glad that I can be part of that.'