Best shops to buy spirits for Christmas

Best shops to buy spirits for Christmas

Booze galore at The Good Spirits Co.

Where to pick up a fancy gin, rum or whisky in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Parties, dinners, pre-drinking, alcoholic gifts given in a bottle bag on it's umpteenth outing, Christmas is a very boozy season. Here's where to head when you're on the hunt for a special tipple this December.

The Good Spirits Co.
This Bath Street basement is stacked with alcoholic delights from across the globe. There are gins sourced from Shetland to New Zealand, vodkas flavoured with Polish honey, Japanese and American whiskey, Scotch whisky, brandy, tequila and rum. You might even get to try before you buy.
23 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 1HW, thegoodspiritsco.com

Demijohn
Your chosen spirit will be bottled before your very eyes. The shelves are stacked with giant demijohns filled with sloe gin, rhubarb vodka liqueur and spiced rum liqueur, all made by British artisanal producers. Can't choose? Opt for a spirit rack.
32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JW; 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR, demijohn.co.uk

Drinkmonger
You're already going for your wine, stay for the the spirits. You know a shop knows its stuff when the vodkas are divided by ingredients (potato, barley, corn) and the gin is classified as Old Tom, London Dry and floral. The ideal place for that loveable drink snob in your life.
11 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN, drinkmonger.com

The Scotch Whisky Shop
There's no shortage of whisky in Scotland's capital and with nearly 500 different whisky bottlings you're sure to find a scotch of your liking here. There's also a specially developed flavour map to help you choose and pick'n'mix miniatures to create your own tasting pack.
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE, scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/shop

Valhalla's Goat
An independent bottle shop with beer and wine stacked floor to ceiling. Their concise selections of liqueurs, gins, vodkas, malts, blends and brandies are eclectic and wide ranging. Stop by the chocolate fridge and the well-stocked humidor on the way to the till.
449 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH, valhallasgoat.com

Drinkmonger

11 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN

With access to around 900 wines, 50 gins, 80 rums and as many whiskies as a sister business named Royal Mile Whiskies would imply, Drinkmonger are almost guaranteed to be able to get their hands on whatever you’re looking for. Edinburgh’s store is the…

The Good Spirits Co.

23 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 1HW

Shane Goodbody is mad about fortified wines and a qualified sherry educator, Matthew McFadyen learned the wine ropes at Oddbins, and Mark Connelly is the whisky obsessive. Together, they've just celebrated the first birthday of their spirits, champagne…

Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

Once you have staggered down from the windswept Castle, the warm interior of the Whisky Centre could not seem more attractive. The tour of the centre is, mercifully, mostly seated, and involves a series of films, demonstrations and a 'Barrel Ride' to…

Valhalla's Goat

449 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH

Originally leased to Oddbins, Quel Vin's owners (in Kelvinbridge, geddit?) saved it from closure when Oddbins folded, asking the staff to stay on and continue to run the shop for them. Now they have the freedom to stock what they believe in, as well as…

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