While every bar I visited in Glasgow was packed on Saturday night, The Ivy looked like the place to be. The DJ was playing some excellent abstract dance music, the crowd was a mix of casual and clubby 20- and 30-somethings, and all seemed to be having a great time.
I came for the cocktails, of course. The menu lists a selection of mostly rum drinks, so I went right for the "Not Rum" section of the menu (nothing against rum, it's just sometimes you find interesting stuff in the margins.) And I did! They were out of the ingredients to make my first choice drink, the Old Tom Carrot that is made with old tom gin, Lillet, lemon juice, blood orange, and carrot (juice, presumably).
My second choice cocktail turned out to be a winner though. It was the Brandy Celery Fix, made with cognac, Merlet triple sec, Peychaud's bitters, lemon juice, gomme syrup, egg white, and muddled celery. What? Yeah, the celery was great in the drink and acted as a bittering agent.
The drink was delicious and if I have time on the last night of the trip, I'll return here to try more of them.