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10 places to drink... cocktails

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In the lead up to Christmas it's the perfect time to shake things up with some of Glasgow and Edinburgh's finest mixology masterpieces!

Whether you favour it shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, this week Yelp has more mojitos, mules and mai tais than you can sling a Singapore at!

Blue Dog

151 West George Street, Glasgow

'The substantial cocktail menu' got Martyn M's 'seal of approval!' With a 'grand piano in the corner being played and just general fabulousness all packaged up is what this place is.' The signature Blue Dog cocktail is 'apple vodka, blue curacao, passionfruit, lime, apple juice and pineapple!'

Bond No 9

84 Commercial Street, Edinburgh

"Holy Mancini, the cocktails there are the bomb". So says Paddy H after he watched them "set fire" to his Blazer (the cocktail, not the garment). Try the Green Fairy's naughty sister - the Red Fairy - for a fruity, absinthe-laced kick.

Blythswood Square

11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow

Pete J raves about the cocktails and the 'nice balance of relaxed, easy, yet professional service from all the staff which is combined with contemporary decor and styles throughout!' Why not try a New York sour?

Juniper

20 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Shiny and new, Juniper's the perfect solution for a cocktail in comfort, with its "beautifully designed sitting area" laid out to cater for both quiet tete-a-tetes and larger get togethers. Gina B was particularly pleased with her "very quaffable" apple martini, "the colour of real apple juice, just how they should be".

Kelvingrove Café

1163 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Amy R took on the task of sampling a couple of their finest cocktails - 'first up was the Old Fashioned, Don Draper would be proud! Followed up with a Mint Julep, not surprisingly it was very minty. In a creative twist the drink was presented like a potted plant with large sprigs of mint leaf sprouting out from the pewter chalice. Unusual and refreshing!'

Lucky Liquor Co

39a Queen Street, Edinburgh

This newest sister bar of Bramble puts a dash of surprise into a cocktail evening. Just tell them what you like and what you don't, and they'll mix you up a bespoke cocktail right there and then! Lindsay O is a fan of the "cool and understated" vibe and how "the staff clearly know their stuff".

Rockus

1038 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Here's the place to head if you like a good playlist, excellent cocktails with lashings of rock. The bramble cocktail is a winner - gin, lemon juice & blackberry liqueur. Their cocktail list is small and the prices even smaller at just £4.95.

Tonic

34a North Castle Street, Edinburgh

Alan L salutes the "rich and varied menu" of this classy cocktail pad, which includes such delights as the Vanilla Lychee Martini, the Rhube Boy Swizzle, and the infamous Tonic concoction known as Barney Rubble (cookies and ice cream chucked in a blender with Bailey's and creme de menthe).

The Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn

214 Bath Street, Glasgow

Pop in and 'ask for a recommended cocktail - get chatting to these fine folks and you'll make a friend for life,' tips Sam M! 'And a friend who can steer you towards some brilliant nights and life changing cocktails! A brilliant choice of rums which will suit any taste in this joint!'

The Voodoo Rooms

19a West Register Street, Edinburgh

With "ambience in spades", David S hits up the Voodoo Rooms when he's "in the mood for a cocktail". Opulent, lush decorations, and a whole range of inventive cocktails. When you visit, ask for the margarita. With over 70 tequilas, it'd be rude not to.

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