NINE "hidden gem" cocktail bars in Scotland have been named among the 50 best to drink at in the UK.

Despite establishments in London dominating the list, making up half of the entries named, Scotland's biggest city Glasgow was said to have "made its mark".

Three places in Glasgow, five in Edinburgh and one in Auchterarder were featured alongside other spots across the UK.

Group Director at William Reed, Publisher of Top 50 Cocktail Bars, Chris Lowe said: “It’s so exciting to see so many new names on the list which just highlights the breadth of talent there is across the UK.

"London will always have a decent portion of the list, but it is amazing to see so many other cities show up, like Glasgow and Birmingham. The list continues to grow to help people discover hidden gems and the UK’s best bartending talent.”

Edinburgh's Hey Palu named Scotland's best cocktail bar

Hey Palu on Bread Street in Edinburgh was named the best cocktail bar in Scotland, coming in at fifth across the UK.

The bar has also been praised by visitors on Tripadvisor with the spot receiving a perfect 5/5 based on 72 user reviews.

One visitor suggested that the cocktail bar is home to the "best Gin Martini in Edinburgh" as well as "great music".

Another said: "Brill place, lovely cocktails and light bites. I could have sat all night and ate and drank. Excellent service from the moment we walked in."

Charlie Brown's was named the best cocktail bar in Glasgow, coming in at number 31 on the UK list while Panda & Sons took ninth place, being named the second-best in Scotland.

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See all the Scottish cocktail bars named among the 50 best in the UK

Here are all the Scottish cocktail bars named among the 50 best in the UK.

5. Hey Palu, Edinburgh

9. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

31. Charlie Brown's, Glasgow

32. Bramble, Edinburgh

35. The Absent Ear, Glasgow

41. Nauticus, Edinburgh

43. The Gate, Glasgow

46. The Wildcat, Edinburgh

50. American bar Gleneagles, Auchterarder