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January 24, 2022

Get your gnashers into this quick-fire round-up of new and soon-to-launch Glasgow restaurants and bars.

Pencilled in to open on George Square in October, Scotland's second branch of The Alchemist doesn't quite fit into the opening imminently folder but it is hotly anticipated by the city's cocktail fans.

Following in the footsteps of the Edinburgh branch which opened last October, the new Alchemist goes big on dramatic cocktails. Main pic is from Alchemist insta.

Actually, 'dramatic cocktails' may be underselling it. A typical line from their drinks list runs: 'Our theatre can contain dry ice, please allow time for the dry ice to sublimate and share its aromas.'

And if that isn't avant-garde enough for you, The Alchemist is also the only chain of cocktail bars that sells NFT artwork.

At least as far as we know. TBH, we're more interested in fungi than non fungibles.

We digress.

New Glasgow restaurants

Also planning to open in the city centre soon-ish is Banco Di Roma.

Taking shape in the former Zizzi premises on Royal Exchange Square, the new Italian comes from the same stable as the Mozza and Toni Macaroni outlets.

New Buck's Bar in Southside

Moving away from the city centre and into the Southside, The Buck's Bar team are polishing up a Cathcart Road branch which will join their existing units on Trongate and West Regent Street.

Slinging their ever popular buttermilk-marinated, fried chicken and hot sauces, the new Buck will be in the premises formerly occupied by Sapori D'Italia.

In these climate conscious times, steak is rarely held up as the poster boy for ecologically sound meals. Pledging to open in time for Valentine's Day, Gaucho on West Nile Street aims to alter that perception.

Carbon neutral beef

As well as aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, they reckon that the beef sold in their new outlet will be 100% carbon neutral.

Their greening efforts include reforestation and offsetting projects in South America. In 2021 they planted over 4,000 trees which will offset over 1,400 tonnes of carbon emissions across their lifetime.

Cocktail bars selling NFTs and steakhouses offering carbon neutral beef...

2022 may not be panning out how we expected but, after the last two years, at least the surprises are curious rather than worrying.

We'll take that.

Finally, here's one we missed in the run up to Christmas.

Wino has opened on Dumbarton Road in Partick. Natural and organic wines plus bar snacks and cocktails are on the menus from the same team that is behind next door's Basta.