Any excuse to sip the water of life and we’re there. So it is that Burns Night sees the city celebrate our deep and proud Celtic heritage. Why not try a whisky tasting masterclass at the Ship and Mitre on 28th, or a Burns Night Ceilidh at St George’s Hall (kilts optional, with rabble-rousing reels courtesy of Gallimaufry and traditional Scottish scran and whiskies at the bar) over at St George’s Hall. Jenny’s Bar (a sublime place at any time) has a whisky tasting by those fine chaps from The Whisky Lounge on Jan 27. There’s a Burns Night Supper at the Catholic Chaplaincy, 30 Catharine Street – with hagggis tatties and neeps, a dram and some Rabbie Burns recitals, on the 24th, for just £3. If you fancy raising some cash for a good cause, there’s a Burns Night Supper in aid of the wonderful Brain Charity, Norton Street, on Jan 30. The newly scrubbed up Philharmonic Dining Halls offers a wonderful Burns Night menu all next week, too. And don’t forget the sublime Burns Burger at Free State Kitchen – a slice of haggis stacked on their delicious meat patties.
Fancy just slowly working your way down a well stocked whisky bar instead? Apart from the usual suspects in town, we really like the Red Fox, in Thornton Hough – over 100 fine malts to choose from, or the Lion Tavern on Tithebarn Street.
Then again, you could host your own evening. Buy a bottle from Whisky Business , or R&H Fine Wines, maybe even a bottle of Liverpool’s own Malt of the Earth, grab a haggis from the newly installed Edge Butchers at Delifonseca, (who are also hosting a Burns Night menu) and cook yourself some tatties and neeps, and slip on the Best of the Proclaimers and, hey, you can almost smell the Trossachs.

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