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Whyte & Mackay opens bar on top of crane

Whyte & Mackay Scotch whisky has opened a pop-up bar on top of a 150ft crane in Glasgow to mark its 170th anniversary.

Whyte & Mackay has set up a pop-up bar at the top of a historic crane to celebrate its 170th anniversary

The Glasgow-based whisky business, which has recently been acquired by Philippines-based Emperador, is now inviting customers to visit the bar, called The Lion’s Clyde, which sits in the wheelhouse of the 107-year-old Titan Crane, situated next to the River Clyde.

Open from 2-6 June, the bar is thought to be one of the smallest in Scotland with capacity for only eight drinkers at a time. The venue has been fitted with brick walls a roaring fire and tables and chairs.

Steven Pearson, global marketing director at Whyte & Mackay, said: “We’re very proud of our Clydebuilt roots and Glasgow’s blended history.

“The Lion’s Clyde is about celebrating the past but also the present by bringing people together to enjoy a dram at their local. This is a big year for the city and we are immensely proud to call it our home.

Entry to the bar will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis to those who pre-book via Whyte & Mackay’s Facebook page –

Those selected will be picked up by a complementary taxi and after taking a lift to the top of the crane, will be treated to a dram in the purpose built pub.

Whyte & Mackay was first founded on the docks of Glasgow in 1844 by James Whyte & Charles Mackay.

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