With all eyes on the city of Glasgow as it hosts the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, a group of creative hospitality businesses along with CDPI (Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative) have come together to open a new late-night pop-up bar in Finnieston celebrating all things sustainable in food and drink. Emblazoned with a thought-provoking light installation that reads “there has to be” the pop-up’s aim is to start a conversation on reducing waste in hospitality and educate about sustainability and the impact on the local economy.
Everything on the There Has To Be pop-up menu is sourced locally – from organic wines to the local products in their tasty cocktails. They are also working with neighbouring bars such as Chinaski’s, The Parlour, Berkeley Suite and The Brunch Club to turn previously discarded waste like excess pineapple juices and limes and use these creatively in their drinks.
Each of the cocktails on the exclusive menu are packed full of flavours, beautifully-presented and eco-conscious, so you can sip happily on your chosen drink knowing it tastes good and does good. Plus you’ll find variations on cocktail classics such as frozen margaritas, old fashioned and negronis on the There Has To Be pop-up menu, alongside cocktails made with local sustainable brands such as Panther milk and Liquid oats – an innovative brand made with oat milk.
The pop-up is located at Alchemilla on Argyle Street, which has been taking over exclusively for the duration of the pop-up, and is now open to visit from 4pm- 2am until November 14 with a walk-ins only policy. As well as refreshing and eco-conscious cocktails, you can also tuck into artisan, Neapolitan-inspired pizza at the venue and enjoy entertainment by local DJs curated by The Berkeley Suite nightclub.
Adam Strang from Cocktail Collective said: “We wanted to do something different to get the industry thinking about their carbon commitments and represent Glasgow hospitality. Sustainably conscious cocktails don’t need to be boring, if you stop and taste any of our cocktails, you’ll agree.”
A spokesperson from Alchemilla said: “We’re busy making plans to reopen the restaurant next month, same chefs, new name, foods from a different continent. We’re really excited to announce everything soon. In the meantime, we’re glad that we can enable the vision for THERE HAS TO BE pop up to happen with their sustainable takeover. ”
There Has To Be, Alchemilla, 1126 Argyle Street, G3 8TD