Clydeside Distillery visitor centre manager Bridgeen Mullen introduces EN to one of Glasgow’s newest event spaces.
Tell us a bit about the venue’s history and its event spaces
The Clydeside Distillery sits on the site formerly known as the Queen’s Dock – a vast commercial wet dock opened by Queen Victoria in 1877. The Queen’s Dock was built by John Morrison of Morrison and Mason, the great grandfather of Tim Morrison who is The Clydeside Distillery’s chairman.
This location has a historical link to whisky with The Pumphouse controlling the entry gate to the Queen’s Dock which witnessed ships exporting whisky all over the world. Personally, the Morrison family also have a link to the site, with Tim Morrison’s great grandfather building the Queen’s Dock.
This part of Glasgow is incredibly vibrant and seeing huge development. It’s very exciting to be located in such a central location and to have neighbours like the SSE Hydro and Riverside Museum who have been very supportive of The Clydeside Distillery.
What kind of events does the venue host?
We are able to host exclusive-use evening events. The distillery is perfect for receptions of 100-200 and dinners for 30-50 guests. We are able to offer a unique setting for conference delegates, corporate clients and private celebrations. Our events spaces are truly one of a kind as guests have exclusive use of the whole building from smaller events on the ground floor to larger events on the 1st floor, with our mezzanine tasting room, two event areas and distillery with what has been described as the best views from an urban distillery.
What support can you offer event organisers?
Our team can look after all the finer details and we will work closely with partners and suppliers to deliver an exceptional evening event. This includes drinks and canapes, formal dinner or buffet, live entertainment, PA/microphone, bespoke departing gifts, table decoration, linen and stationary.
Our events team and chef will create a tailor-made menu using the best local produce. We are also able to offer guests exclusive whisky tastings in a real contemporary distillery setting.
What is the USP of the venue?
Our venue is truly unique in that it is home to a fully operational Single Malt Scotch whisky distillery and fantastic visitor centre with state-of-the-art interactive tour. The visitor experience is incredibly important to us and from the moment you arrive at the distillery you will be taken back in time and immersed in the history of Glasgow’s shipping industry.
What makes our events offering even more special is that we can incorporate elements of our visitor experience, whether the tour or personal whisky tastings, into our events packages to ensure guests experience something unique and unforgettable.
Is there anything exciting coming up?
We recently launched our ‘Label Your Own’ bottle service at the distillery which gives visitors the chance to take away a lasting reminder of their Clydeside experience.
We are also introducing a range of Whisky Flights to our café menu and will soon unveil our very own stop on the Glasgow City Sightseeing bus tour route.
Why should exhibition organisers hold an event in Glasgow?
Glasgow has a fantastic broad range of venues to deliver an event with a difference, many of which offer the chance to immerse yourself in the city’s rich industrial heritage. Glasgow is a city filled with warmth, charm, and history with whisky playing a key part.
The city has an incredible buzz and as the city’s newest visitor attraction and events venue we’re excited to experience our first spring and summer season and to hold many more events this year.