BEST FOR: TIGHT BUDGETS
VODKA WODKA BAR SOBA
31 Ashton Lane, vodkawodka.co.uk Situated among the plethora of drinking and eating spots on Ashton Lane, it is easy to overlook this quirky little bar. Offering a selection of £3.50 cocktails, including cosmopolitans, mojitos and French martinis, plus house bottles of wine for a tenner, this is the place to go when you’re nearing the end of your overdraft. 104 Hanover Street, barsoba.co.uk This pan Asian restaurant is a haven for students, generously providing anyone with a matriculation card 2-for-1 meals during the week. However, it’s the tasty £3 apple and ginger mojitos, £2 spirit mixers and £2.50 pints of Carling that really draw in the bargain-savvy. They also have three bars in Glasgow.
ALSO TRY: Flat 0/1, Bread & Butter, Driftwood, Moskito. ALSO TRY: The Chanter, Thomson’s Bar, The Greenmantle, The City Café.
BEST FOR: LARGE GROUPS
DRYGATE BREWERY AKVA
85 Drygate, drygate.com The craft beer company’s vast premises in the East End allows them to host a restaurant, beerhall, terrace and bottle shop. The Vintage (restaurant) offers small plates ideal for sharing and there is an equally impressive range of beer to keep you satisi ed. 129 Fountainbridge, bodabar.com/akva With the ability to host up to 250 people for parties upstairs and one of the largest beer gardens in the capital, this Swedish bar is ideal when you need to i nd a drinking spot to i t you and a lot of your friends. Plus, when the weather is nice enough to sit outside, you’ll be treated to a wonderful view over the Union Canal.
ALSO TRY: Brel, West Brewery, Coopers, Sloanes. ALSO TRY: Hemma, The Beehive Inn, The Caley Sample Room, Le Monde
98 THE LIST 3 Sep–5 Nov 2015