Banish the winter blues and let Inka Larissa (aka @onthesauceagain) share her top spots for fun this spring.

Is time to do what Scots do best – socialise! The worst of winter is behind us so get out of hibernation, gear up for spring and release those social butterflies into the world...

Fife Whisky Festival, Cupar

Taking place over three days on the first weekend of March, the opening dinner is at Lindores Abbey Distillery and several sessions are hosted at the Corn Exchange in Cupar. Discover whiskies from over 35 distilleries and independent bottlers from all over. 

Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Looking for something a little calmer? Hey Palu is a must, especially for all Italophiles. Bring some sunshine to your life by visiting Hey Palu for the Italian aperitivo. Enjoy the stylish environment, the killer playlist and the beautiful cocktails. Hey Palu also works as a great post-dinner ‘one for the road’ venue as it offers nearly 60 bottles of Italian amari, which help to settle your stomach and the feeling of fullness after a meal. The bar recently made it into the Top 50 UK cocktail bars. 

Flight Club, Glasgow

Flight Club opened towards the end of last year so if you haven’t visited yet, this is your sign to do so. Set in one of Glasgow’s beautiful heritage buildings, Flight Club is all about bringing people together through what they call ‘Social Darts’. It’s a perfect place for team building or just to have fun with friends. They even offer sharing trophy cocktails and signature shots. Time to put your game face on!

Maggie’s Rock ’n’ Rodeo, Glasgow

Fancy a trip to America? Maggie’s Rock ‘n’ Rodeo will transfer you to Nashville in no time! Show off your riding skills at The Bullpit or grab your cowboy gear (and your pals) and take part in their weekly Cowboy Ceilidh.

Three Mad Hatters, Aberdeen

Three Mad Hatters is more than just a bar, here can release your inner child and feel nostalgic while playing their 40+ arcade games with a cocktail in hand or dive into Scotland’s biggest ball pit with over 200,000 balls.

Stirling Distillery, Stirling

On the last Friday of the month, gather your pals and head over to Stirling Distillery to learn how to make three Stirling Gin-based cocktails in a fun-filled environment. Booking required.

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Assaggini , 227 Byres Road, Glasgow 

Last week I paid a visit to the newly opened Italian restaurant in Glasgow, Assaggini. Located in Byres Road, Assaggini offers a fairly extensive menu primarily featuring small plates of pizza and pasta. It's suggested to opt for two to three dishes per person, though the portions were much bigger than I was expecting! I loved the Lamb Ragu pasta, and can you ever go wrong with a classic pomodoro?

There is no shortage of Italian restaurants in Glasgow, but Assaggini seems ready to find its place in Glasgow's food scene. I loved the small plates style, it makes for a great sharing experience where you can try a little bit of everything.

Gōst - New Sunday Lunch Menu, 77 Bothwell Street, Glasgow

Gōst in Glasgow have debuted their brand-new Sunday lunch menu and I popped in try it out. As a first-timer, I'd say the experience was great.

The menu isn't huge, but it does cover the basics for a Sunday lunch. I went for the beef roast, and it turned out to be an inspired choice. The highlight of our visit, however, was the cocktails. The menu is extensive, featuring special Gōst crafted cocktails with a variety of interesting ingredients. I chose the spectre cocktail which was black with gold shimmering flakes.

On the whole, our experience with Gōst's new menu was great. If you're after a straightforward Sunday dining spot with a modern vibe, Gōst might just be the place for you.

Golf Fang & Smokey Trotters Kitchen New Collab, 82 - 100 Lancefield Street, Glasgow

Golf Fang in Glasgow has undergone significant changes. They recently announced a partnership with the popular street food spot Smoky Trotters Kitchen, which is based in Calton in the east end. If you haven't experienced Golf Fang before, it's an expansive mini-golf venue—one of the largest and best I've encountered. The 18 well-designed holes offer a fun, if slightly eccentric, activity spot.

Smoky Trotters Kitchen has set up shop at Golf Fang, bringing their viral burger specialties. Known for their unique take on dipping burgers, fries, and chicken, they are undoubtedly a great addition to Golf Fang.