With Burns Night celebrations taking place on January 25 each year to commemorate our famous poet’s birthday, Glasgow is getting ready for some memorable suppers. Whether you fancy a break from making a Burns Supper at home this year or 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 the life and work of Robert ( Rabbie) Burns.
1. Sip on Talisker whisky at Kelvingrove Cafe
This Burn’s Night, multi-award winning whisky brand, Talisker, is collaborating with two renowned venues in both Glasgow and Edinburgh to celebrate the age-old Caledonian tradition. Partnering up with Kelvingrove Cafe, expect plenty of delicious whisky-based cocktails, mouth-watering limited-edition menus and a sound-track of unmissable Scottish sounds. The celebrations begin from 9pm and it’s free entry to all adults. Plus, a range of traditional foods are set to indulge the crowds, from tasty twists on Burns Night’s traditional haggis, neeps and tatties to tantalising Talisker cocktails, guests can look forward to all the temptations.
2. Raise a glass to Rabbie at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow
The newly refurbished Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow are inviting guests to celebrate Robert Burns Day on January 25 to enjoy a night full of delicious food, whisky, and, of course, live music. Tickets include a flight of 5 drams from Johnnie Walker, including Johnnie Walker Red, Black and Blue Label available to try plus, Talisker 10 and Haig Mediterranean Orange for you to enjoy a little nip or two on. Guests will also receive some Scottish classics, such as haggis, a neeps and tatties skewer, haggis sliders, tablet and cranachan, as well as live music guaranteed to get you up and dancing. You can get your tickets here.
3. Enjoy whisky and cynicism at Saint Luke’s Burns Supper
This one is set to be a big one at St Luke’s, with a five-course dinner and plenty of whisky to toast to our wee Rabbie. Tickets will include five drams and five courses, with an abundance of haggis and chicken, as well as langoustines and cranachan. Guests can expect live music and spoken word performances from 7pm until late, since we’re on the topic of poetry. You can book your tickets here.
4. Tuck into a four-course Burns Night feast at The Marlborough
To celebrate Burns Night, The Marlborough has launched a four-course Burns Supper menu for you to enjoy at their Broomhill restaurant. Available on January 25, the Broomhill restaurant will be serving canapes with Goat’s cheese & tomato tartlet and thistle pesto vegan haggis fritter with caramelised onion. To start, guests can opt for a number of dishes such as Scottish crab & crayfish cake with Irn-Bru kimchi. And for the mains, the options are hard to choose: but the Chicken Balmoral with clapshot dauphinoise, baby leek and whisky pepper sauce sounds like our kind of vibe. Dessert options are also delicious, such as the Lavender tea panna cotta with shortbread . The Marlborough’s Burns Night Supper costs £39.50 per person and you can call them on 0141 338 6606 to book.
5. Have a wee dance and dinner at Glasgow’s oldest bar & restaurant
Sloan’s is hosting a Burns Night ceilidh and a traditional three-course supper on January 21 to commemorate Rabbie Burns, with a full evening of dancing, whisky and haggis. The celebrations will take place in their Grand Ballroom, will be greeted with a wee dram on arrival, followed by a three-course burns supper which will, obviously, involve the famous address to the haggis. Guests will then dance the night away at the ceilidh to classics such as The Gay Gordons, Strip The Willow and The Dashing White Sergeants. The following day, Sloan’s is also hosting a Burns Brunch, where brunch enthusiasts can indulge in a buffet brunch and live entertainment. You can book your tickets here.
6. Enjoy three courses, a wee dram and live music at Ubiquitous Chip
The Chip’s annual Burns Night is back, and this time, on January 26. 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, followed by live music. 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, ending the night with a ceilidh that will make you feel proud to be in Scotland. The Beyond Burns Night meal costs £75 per person and you can book your table here.