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383 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AU, Scotland
+44 141 341 6516
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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“gin bar” (5 reviews)
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££ - £££
383 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AU, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like Gin, you will love this place. It has a real speakeasy feel to it and the decor and service makes it a great place. Its right across the road from the Oran Mor and easy to get to from the subway, or...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not a huge fan of Gin, but this place might have changed my mind. I had an excellent Gin drink, and the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Chad H
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Our second visit to sample some more gins from the very extensive list. The barman was very welcoming and took our order promptly. With each round of drinks we were given a small dish of nibbles which was unexpected and much appreciated. We’d been unable...More

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beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi Thank you for your lovely review of your experience of beGIN on a Sunday Afternoon, We have now added the details of our blues jazz band onto our website, and it can be found under offers and events. Thank you for bringing this to...More

Reviewed 26 April 2018

As a gin connoisseur, I entered this establishment with high hopes. The playful pun on the word begin, accentuating that the word gin is in the word, gave me a chortle as I swung open the fine wooden door. I selected a comfortable seat to...More

Thank ginconnoisseur62
beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi ginconnoisseur62, Thank you for your fantastic 5 star review, I don't think I have ever had to reply to such a theatrical response and it has brought joy to myself and the team. I believe the barman you are referring to is our ever...More

Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Good little find, massive gin menu with a whole section for Scottish gin. Venu its self was nice, lots of booths and comfortable seating. Could maybe do with an extra staff member...More

Thank Gerrie E
beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi Gerrie E, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at beGIN. We do indeed have quiet an extensive gin menu and pride ourselves in sourcing all the local Scottish gins we can get our hands on. We hope you had a...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018

This nice bar in Hilton hotel is really good place for Gin- lovers. Bar tenders are very professional and helpful to those visitors who are not experinced with different gins but open-minded to test new things.More

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beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi Moka0569, Thank you for your fantastic review of beGIN. Myself and the team are delighted to hear you had a lovely experience and found our bartenders very professional. We take great pride in looking after all our customers in beGIN and always try exceed...More

Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Begin is one of the rare slightly hidden bars in Glasgow's West End straight across from Oran More. The bar has loads of character and charisma, staff are awesome great atmosphere all round M- MUSIC GREAT A- ATMOSPHERE EPIC L-LIGHTING PERFECT T- TEMPERATURE MAGICAL

Thank Wulverstorr
beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi Wulverstorr, Thank you for such a fantastic review of beGIN. Absolutely loving the breakdown of your experience too it made us smile :) I'm sure we will see you again and we look forward to it. Kindest Regards, Elaine Sheahan Manager

Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Out with friends as I was up from Manchester so thought It would be a lovely treat myself to have a few gins..... Menu looks great BUT they didn’t have the first 3 Gins I asked for ..... some rubbish about not having a delivery...More

Thank Sharon B
beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Dear Sharon, Firstly I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for your disappointing visit. Unfortunately our undeniable lack of stock was caused by our supplier going into administration (see article below). These unforeseen circumstances led to many of our gins not being delivered this...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Well when the staff dont know that the menu on the wall is different from.what on table and aren't even aware it's there it doesn't fill you with confidence.....freezing inside as well ..ruined our plansMore

Thank roonstar
beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Dear Roonstar, I have investigated your complaint by talking with the staff who were on shift on the day of your visit. Unfortunately the menu on the outside of the bar has not yet been updated to our new cocktail menu. However as I understand,...More

Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

So many gins, so little time! Seriously though. I’m not a huge gin buff but it’s always been my spirit of choice. I had no idea how many flavours and combinations you could have and how a good tonic can change the taste completely. Good...More

Thank KayleighMac
beGIN_bar, Manager at beGIN, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Hi KayleighMac, Thank you so much for your 5 star review, we are delighted to read that you had a fantastic experience in beGIN. So many gins, so little time is right, we look forward to welcoming you back to beGIN again and feel free...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 383 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Glasgow
  • Phone Number: +44 141 341 6516
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Visit the stylish new gin bar in Glasgow’s West End. beGIN features over 60 gins from around the world along with a selection of innovative cocktails, unique craft beers and a large selection of traditional beers, wines and spirits. Gin connoisseurs can enjoy a Perfect Serve with the bar's recommended selection of tonic and garnish for each gin or they can use their GINtuition and choose their own gin accompaniments from 12 mixers and 28 garnishes. Food is served until 10:00 p.m. and the menu offers a variety of small bites, sharing boards, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream sundaes. Make yourself comfortable in one of the semi-private booths, leather sofas or tables and enjoy the unique atmosphere reminiscent of the American Prohibition Era.
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