With Burns Night celebrations taking place at home last year due to another lockdown and involving virtual events, it’s an excuse to make this year more special. Whether you fancy a break from making a Burns Supper this year, want a wee dram to commemorate the bard or both, then check out our guide to some of the activities happening online and in-person this year to celebrate one of Scotland’s best poets, Robert Burns.
1. Sip on a range of whiskies at Glasgow Distillery’s virtual tasting
Glasgow Distillery has partnered up with Once Upon a Whisky to host a virtual night of tastings and a chat to celebrate Burns Night. They are hosting two Burns Night specials of online tastings on January 20 and 27, where you will be guided through five Glasgow Distillery Single Malt Scotch whiskies, hear stories and facts regarding the life of Robert Burns and toast to the Scots poet. Plus, glasgow Distillery are throwing in a free miniature bottle of Makar Original Dry gin and tonic water. Makar is the old Scots word for a poet, so you can celebrate Burns’ legacy with a free G&T before our tasting. Tickets are priced at £35 and include five whiskies, including a special mystery dram, plus you’ll discover all the secrets behind the first whisky distillery in Glasgow. You can get your tickets here.
2. Raise a can to Rabbie by ordering from Irn-Bru’s first ever restaurant
To celebrate, Irn-Bru has joined forces with UberEats by launching its first-ever restaurant, Burns By BRU, aiming to bring the traditional ginger nectar to the table this Burns Night. The pop-up will be delivering suppers to homes across Edinburgh and Glasgow from January 21-25. As the drink of choice for one in three young Scots on Burns Night (39%), Irn-Bru hopes that by bringing the iconic supper straight to people’s doors, younger generations across Scotland will be raising a can to the National Bard this year. On their Burn’s Night menu, you can tuck into haggis nuggets with a spiced Irn-Bru chutney, fried neeps and tatties and a mac ‘n’ cheese pie with a BRU glazed bacon crumble, and of course all washed down with a can of Irn-Bru.
3. Honour the Scottish bard with a haggis burger at El Perro Negro
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous burger… The award winning burger supremoes, El Perro Negro, are back with the release of another limited edition seasonal special to celebrate Burns Night. Available from January 21 until Burn’s Night on January 25 at both their Glasgow and Edinburgh branches, burger fans will be treated to a formidable burger that may just deserve a poem dedicated to it. The haggis burger at El Perro Negro brings a twist on the usual Burns Night food offerings and consists of juicy double smash patties with the infamous Ramsay of Carluke haggis, burger cheese, Arran smoked cheddar, house pickles and burger sauce.
4. Tuck into a five-course Burns Night feast at The Marlborough
To celebrate Burns Night, The Marlborough has launched a five course Burns Supper menu for you to enjoy at their Broomhill restaurant. Available on January 25, the Broomhill restaurant will be serving canapes of chicken and ham hock roulade on an Arran oat cake with piccalilli; starters such as confit duck and rabbit terrine with spiced pineapple and pomegranate chutney and Fife bannock; as well as Chicken Balmoral, Stornaway black pudding Wellington, clapshot, roast green beans and and green peppercorn sauce. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy starters of rumbledethumps cake with a beetroot and pumpkin seed salad and Scotch broth with a warm bread roll and salt and pepper “butter”, followed by vegan haggis with a wild mushroom, spinach and vegan bacon Wellington. Dessert options include a prosecco trifle, fresh raspberries, Cranachan and a shortbread crumb; whiskey poached pear, berry compote, warm vanilla custard and vanilla ice cream; or simply indulge in a selection of Scottish cheeses. The Marlborough’s Burns Night Supper costs £35 per person and you can call them on 0141 338 6606 to book.
5. Celebrate traditions old and new with this modern Burns Night cocktail kit
Aberfeldy is honouring Burns Night this year with an evening of whisky cocktails with an at-home event presented by Canvas. Crafting an ideal package for this year’s Burns Night, you and your friends can create cocktails inspired by Burns, including the likes of ‘Tae an Apple’ – an exploration of the forgotten friendship between society and nature, inspired by Auld Lang Syne; to ‘Roisín Spritz’, a very unconventional way to enjoy a Scotch, inspired by ‘A Red, Red Rose’. The box also includes handcrafted wooden coasters and a room spray which also takes inspiration from ‘A Red, Red Rose’ with sea rose notes that aim to transport you to a blustery spring day on the coast. Plus, no Burns Night would be complete without Haggis so you can toast the poet by gorging on haggis flavoured potato crisps and an original poem from Matthew Cordiner, ‘The Toast to the Haggis Crisp’ to mark the significance of traditions both new and old. Order your cocktail kit here.
6. Enjoy four courses, a wee dram and live music at Ubiquitous Chip
The Chip’s annual Burns Night is back. Celebrating Scotland’s national bard, guests at the Ashton Lane restaurant can enjoy exciting and contemporary performances of the works of Burns alongside four delicious courses of food, a wee dram, then followed by live music. Tuck into monkfish crudo with sea buckthorn and fennel then The Chip’s very own haggis, as well as Borders lamb loin with confit neck, seaweed broth and mussel ragout. Finish with a gorgeous pud of dark chocolate and Drambuie pave, burnt milk ice cream and puff candy. Burns Night at Ubiquitous Chip offers a contemporary twist on the traditional Burns, which can all be enjoyed along with a piper, spoken word and a special rendition of Auld Lang Syne, that will make you feel proud to be in Scotland. The Burns Night meal costs £65 per person and you can book your table here.