Online delivery service aims to bolster Glasgow cocktail industry

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BARS in Glasgow are being encouraged to join a new online service that delivers cocktails to households during the coronavirus pandemic.

Founded by Fraser McIllwraith, The Glasgow Cocktail Collective (GCC) enables venues to sell their two most popular cocktails to households across the city through the Glasgow Cocktail Collective app – which is expected to launch this week – or The Bevy Store website.

Cocktails will be batched, bottled and delivered through McIllwraith’s drinks consultancy business, Dark Art Drinks. Households in Finnieston and Glasgow’s west end, east end and south side areas are currently eligible to place orders with the service, and serves from different venues can be purchased by customers in the same order.

Glasgow bars Vodka Wodka, Blue Dog, the Kelvingrove Cafe, Redmonds and Phillies of Shawlands have already signed up to use the service.

McIllwraith said: “Our aim is to keep Glasgow’s cocktail culture alive during lockdown and at the same time help provide an income stream for bars which have been devastated by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We have set up a process where Dark Art Drinks bottles and batches each bar’s two best-selling cocktails (in a safe and sanitary way) and then we deliver them chilled straight to our customers door, complete with ice and garnish. This means your bar can still sell drinks while the whole team is furloughed, as we do it all for you.

“The whole process is contactless with cocktail lovers able to order via our website and App, and the best part is you can mix and match between any bar and they will be delivered at the same time on the same day.

“The aim of this Collective is to help the whole trade in Glasgow, and we buy all our stock from local sources and wholesalers, so any money is distributed back to local businesses and families.”

The Glasgow Cocktail Collective (GCC) will also organise a weekly sponsored cocktail which will see all profits generated from the drink donated to Scottish licensed trade charity The Ben.

To register your venue with the Glasgow Cocktail Collective contact fraser@darkartdrinks.com