Exactly What It Says on the Tin - Cocktail & Burger, Glasgow

When the sun makes an appearance in Scotland, you have to drop everything and embrace it.  As we live in a perpetual Winter Solstice, it's only natural that everyone gets their 'taps aff' and show off their sunburn like medals of honour.  It also makes me want to drink a lot more.

Our friends from England were in Edinburgh for the weekend, and decided to pop through to Glasgow to catch up with us.  It had been agreed that we would go to Cocktail and Burger (which I'll refer to as C&B), a restaurant based on Sauchiehall street.  Considering that I was in a somewhat fragile state (to the extremity of still being drunk) I longed for 'hair of the dog'.  The name of this post says it all - if you want cocktails and burgers, that's exactly what you get.  It is amazing.

C&B is based on the basement level of Glasgow, so it has a doorway and awning branded to let you know where they are.  It is on the other side of the road from Garage, and just up a wee bit.  Look for the above!  The interior is quite student-y.  The walls are lined with pictures of random people, and there is also wallpaper that looks like a really full bookcase round about. 

We were seated at a booth which was across from the bar.  Our waitress was really nice and gave us plenty of time to choose our food and drinks.  The name suggests that they only sell burgers, however they do offer hotdogs too.  After babbling rubbish to each other in a catch up, it was time to order.

I went for a Cheeky Cheddar Cheese burger...

The beef burger was grilled perfectly, leaving it juicy and tender.  The cheddar cheese was generously melted all over the beef, and laid on a bed of lettuce and a fresh tomato.  As you can see the gherkin and red onions come on the side so you can choose to add it if you wish.  The brioche bun was warmed, and so soft and fluffy it was like an edible cloud of bread goodness.  Each table comes with set with mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and barbecue sauce, so you can choose to add as much or as little to your burger.  I chose mayonnaise and ketchup to go for a classic, and I wasn't disappointed.  

My friend Jen went for the Cheeky Gorgonzola Cheese burger…

I loved that the cheese had melted into the bun, yet still smothered the juicy beef burger.  Jen decided to put mayonnaise over her burger, and it was demolished.  Another happy customer!

Sharon had the Poppin’ Pork burger…

This was amazing, and I will definitely be ordering this for round two.  The pulled pork was so meaty and tender, and melted in your mouth.  Served with Kopparberg cider onions inside a warmed brioche bun, this was an absolute dream and Sharon’s face was that of pure ecstasy whilst eating!

Bella, a vegetarian (I know, right?) decided to have the Funky Funghi burger…

This burger consisted of roasted Portobello mushrooms, garnished with plum tomatoes and smothered with Dunsyre blue cheese.  She said that it was delicious, however if it doesn’t appeal to you there is another veggie option.

Chris decided to have the C&B burger…

A big chunk of beef, topped with cured bacon and covered in a later of thick melted cheddar cheese.  Not many words to cover how good it was, except perhaps awesome.

C&B do 2 for 1 on burgers, which means great value for money.  As there were 5 of us, we got a 6th burger for free to share.  We all decided to get the Frickin’ Chicken burger…

The chicken breast is seasoned with lemon, thyme and garlic.  It was very juicy and really delicious, however I’m a bigger fan of beef burgers.  If you are a big chicken lover (I realise how strange that sounds) then I would recommend this one for you!

We ordered chips as sides, which is standard practice.  However, my sister and I decided we wanted to try the mussel popcorn which they offered…

The fries were really nice and crispy.  I particularly enjoyed these chips, and found myself eating them absent-mindedly even after we had finished.  The mussel popcorn was truly amazing.  The texture of mussels is usually somewhat squidgy and slimy, however this popcorn totally transformed them.  The crunchy batter was salted yet sweet, so the general fishy flavour of the mussels was over powered, but definitely in a good way.  Each mussel was bite-size and wasn't tough to eat.  I can be quite funny about shellfish, however I definitely could have eaten buckets of this.  Served with home-made tartar sauce, it was perfect.

When eating at C&B, you must have cocktails.  Each is made fresh to order, so they come out separately – worth the wait though.  We had so many cocktails, I actually lost count of my own and could only judge by my bleary vision and worsening slur that it was more than just a couple.  You can read the different concoctions by clicking right here and matching up the ones we all gorged ourselves on!

Berry Mojito

Screaming Orgasm

Screaming Orgasm, Dark & Stormy, Cosmo & Strawberry Daquiri

Mango Mojito

Jack the Rabbit
 Once our bellies were full and our minds were swimming, we asked for the bill.  I was so amazed that the bill only came to just over £116.  That was 6 burgers (paying for 3), four sides and a ridiculous amount of cocktails.  I would recommend C&B for a casual lunch or dinner, a catch up with friends or even a casual date.

In a nutshell, if you love burgers (and/or hotdogs) and cocktails, this is the ideal place for you.  If you end up drunk and in Garage though, I can't be held responsible - I'll probably already be there...

Contact Details

Cocktail & Burger

323 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3HW

Tel: 0141 353 0953

Website: www.cocktailandburger.com

Wheelchair access: No