On Wednesday, GlasgowLiving were invited to the Launch Party of Gin71 Merchant City. Situated in Virginia Court, Gin71 makes for a perfect addition to the courtyard, a hidden lane lit up with twinkling fairy lights.

Spread across both floors, there were several stations with different brands of gin to try, cocktails made to order at the bars and waiting staff handing out canapes to try. The entertainment was provided by (appropriately named!) Ginny & The Tonic, a piano/vocal duo from Glasgow.

The canapes were a taster for guests, from the new menu featuring gin inspired ingredients. Being passed around were; the Gin Cured Salmon with pickled red onion and dill toasts from the Small Plates Menu and Pork Terrine with sloe gin and chutney & juniper scratching and Mini Venison burgers from the Big Plates Menu. The new menu also features Gin Lemon Chicken, Flat Iron Steak as Big Plates and there are Snacks including Martini Olives, Loch Fyne Smoked Mussels and Gin Pickles.

Then it was time for cocktails, there were different stations offering drinks made with Arbikie, Caorrun, Brockman’s, Sipsmith and Hendricks gin.

Charlie Chaplin: Sipsmith Sloe Gin, lime juice and apricot brandy
Camden Twist: Half Hitch Gin, orange bitters and orange twist
Hendricks Perfect Serve: Hendricks Gin, Rose Lemonade and cucumber

Gin71 is located in No4 Virginia Court, Glasgow and is open from Monday to Sunday: 5pm – late. For more information and to view menus, visit their website.