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Glasgow's west end whisky tour is an experience where you will learn about the Scottish national drink from a different perspective. In our tour, we don't focus on production process or how whisky is made. Our main goal is to pass on the passion of whisky through a storytelling experience where cocktails, music, famous writers and films are the main subjects on the table.

The tour starts at The Ben Nevis Whisky bar located in the area of Finnieston where you will be able to taste a dram from one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Here you will learn why this bar is so important for Glasgow's history, you will also learn about the Clydeside riot and how this event is directly related to the whisky industry as we know it today.

Our second stop is also one of the most important whisky bars in the city. This place is famous for its great variety of whiskies (more than 400 bottles) and also because you can find the most expensive dram in town (£900 for a 35ml measure). In this bar, we will have a Speyside dram while discovering the three main factors that helped the whisky industry to kick off back in 19th century.

The third stop is in one of our favourite bars in the west end which it's also a local hidden gem. The bar itself tells you the story of Charles Bukowski, famous American writer and social critic which was also a heavy whisky drinker addicted to women, sex and literature. In this place, we will have one of the greatest whisky cocktails ever invented while enjoying some great stories of the prohibition during the 1920's in America.

Finally, we will take you to a bar with a distinctive character which is also very different from other traditional whisky bars in Glasgow. In this bar, we will give you a dram from the spiritual capital of Scotch (Islay). Whiskies from Islay are usually smoky and very intense. Enjoy our final dram while discovering how whisky has influenced famous musicians around the world, and some other curious and weird facts about the water of life.

Come join us, relax and enjoy one of the best whisky tours that the city of Glasgow has to offer.

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Overview

Get a new perspective on Glasgow on this guided, small-group tour of the city's West End that introduces you to the culture of Scotland's national drink: Whisky Visit off-the-beaten-track bars missed by many visitors and enjoy a complete cultural and educational storytelling experience about all things whisky—its regional variations, influence on artists, and role in the history of the city—while, of course, sampling a few drams along the way.

Highlights
  • Get insights into the history and culture of whisky from your guide
  • Visit hidden gems and bars you'd be unlikely to find on your own
  • Sample some whiskies and learn about their regional variations
  • Small-group tour for a more personal experience
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Great afternoon of history and whisky

Camilo's tour of the West End in Glasgow was a great way to get a feel for the city and for the famous Scotch industry. Really enjoyed the format of the tour, and we were impressed by the depth of historical knowledge that Camilo brought...More

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Camilo G, Owner at Once Upon A Whisky, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much Brendan! I'm glad to know you guys enjoyed the tour. Let me know whenever you want to buy some good whisky, cheers mate!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
4 drams to the wind and beyond: a fantastic whisky tour

This was an amazing tour. Our guide Camilo took us to four terrific bars where we had a dram of Scotch that took us from the lowlands to highlands, Speyside to Islay. Starting at the Ben Nevis, then the Bon Accord, Chinaski's, and finally Dram!,...More

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Camilo G, Owner at Once Upon A Whisky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey! Thanks so much for this amazing review. I'm very glad to know you enjoyed the tour and that you liked the presentation. Thank you so much and please let me know if there's anything else I can help in the future. Cheers mate!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
"Once Upon a Whiskey" tour in Glasgow is Fantastic!

During our ten-day trip around Scotland, we wanted to do some whiskey tasting. Instead of touring one particular distillery - we opted for a tour of whiskey bars in Glasgow. Camilo's tour was so interesting and fun and a great way to learn about the...More

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Camilo G, Owner at Once Upon A Whisky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Anna, thanks so much for this amazing review. I'm very glad to know you enjoyed the tour and the bars we visited. Thank you so much and please let me know if there's anything else I can help in the future. Cheers!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Very Knowledgeable and Fun!

We spent one day in Glasgow and this Whiskey tour was definitely a great way to spend that day. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We all had a blast!

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Camilo G, Owner at Once Upon A Whisky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey, Kirsten thanks so much for this amazing review. I'm very glad to know you enjoyed the tour. Thank you so much and please let me know if there's anything else I can help in the future. Cheers!

Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile
Highly recommend

This tour was amazing. Cam has so much experience in the whiskey world, meaning he's not a drunk..he just is very educated having worked for a whiskey company in the past. He gives a lot of information on the history of whiskey present and past....More

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Camilo G, Owner at Once Upon A Whisky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Veronica, thanks so much for this amazing review. I'm very glad to know you enjoyed the tour. Thank again, and please, let me know if there's anything else I can help in the future. Cheers!

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I don't know if its the same rate; however will learn about the history of Whisky, the area and neighborhood. I found it all very interesting. Plus, you get a bit of walking in a well.
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