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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society To Open New Glasgow Venue

16th October 2019
The SMWS are set to open a new venue in Bath Street Glasgow in January but members can have a preview of the new venue at a free tasting event on 31st October.

38 Bath Street Glasgow, the planned location for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glasgow Venue.

I am sure the Glaswegian whisky enthusiasts amongst you and anyone who has the pleasure of visiting Scotland's largest city will be very pleased to hear that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has announced that they will be opening a new venue in Glasgow city centre.

The SMWS has announced plans for a new Members’ Room which will be located at 38 Bath Street, Glasgow, which is scheduled to open at the end of January 2020.

The new venue will bring the Society’s colourful whisky experiences to Glasgow for the first time in a Members’ Room, and follows on from already established SMWS locations in Edinburgh, including their home at The Vaults in Leith.

The Bath Street location is in the heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and will have rooms exclusively for SMWS members that will be open every week from Tuesday until Sunday.

On offer will be more than 300 Society bottlings spanning their 12 unique flavour profiles such as Old & Dignified and Oily & Coastal, with a selection of outstanding single cask, single malts available by the dram.

The SMWS Bath Street Glasgow venue.

The interior décor of the venue will be consistent with existing SMWS Members’ Rooms but with a uniquely modern and vibrant Glasgow flavour to reflect this new home for whisky lovers in the city.

The venue space is set up for a range of occasions, with relaxed lounge seating, including a ‘Vaults Snug’, as well as more formal areas. The dedicated whisky tasting room can accommodate up to 10 people, and will be available for private tastings.

The SMWS Glasgow Vaults Snug.

As well as an ever-changing range of SMWS whiskies, there will be a selection of special proprietary whiskies alongside local beers and a menu of creative, whisky-inspired cocktails. Alongside the exclusive drinks selection will be a bar food menu including snacks and tapas, with space for up to 16 people for exclusive private dinners.

Jan Damen, Operations Director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: "We know there has always been a demand from our members for an SMWS venue in Glasgow, so we’re delighted to be opening in such a great city with a lively whisky scene.

"We have a high number of existing members in the city and the surrounding area, so we hope to provide them with their own venue to meet up and also welcome new whisky-loving members to join us there."

Prior to the January opening of the new Glasgow Members’ Room, the Society is hosting an exclusive tasting in its newest location. Members can gain a sneak preview of 38 Bath Street at a free event with drams and nibbles, and bring along their friends to reap exclusive membership referral awards.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glasgow members preview event will take place on Halloween, Thursday 31st October (I don't think you will need to dress up but I am sure they wont mind), there will be two sessions 5.30 – 7.15pm and 8.00 – 9.30pm.

To attend the free SMWS Glasgow preview event on 31st October and get access to the Glasgow venue in January when it opens its doors along with access to all the other Society venues and of course access to the Society's exclusive monthly outturns of around 20 new single cask, single malt bottlings you will need to be a member, for membership information and the latest membership offers visit The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Website

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