Glasgow experiences
to make your mum smile…

Nicola MacKenzie – Marketing Manager

I think we can all agree, mums know best. So when it comes to surprising the special lady in your life to a fabulous day out, how do you know where to start? She might know best when it comes to dressing for the rain or washing stubborn stains, but as far as sweeping her off her feet goes, with these trusty pointers, you’re sure to treat her to a fun-filled day she didn’t see coming!

Dine with a view

One of Glasgow’s best kept secrets, Alea’s Waterfront Restaurant boasts a view like no other! Overlooking the River Clyde with spectacular sights to the city beyond, this riverside gem serves up scrumptious plates with one of the bonniest backdrops in Glasgow. Whether you fancy soaking up the scenery from one of the restaurant’s gorgeous window tables, eating alfresco on the beautiful balcony or keeping things a little more intimate in the private dining room, this is the perfect spot to treat your mum to a slap up lunch or dinner. No matter the occasion, whether you’re celebrating a big birthday, special anniversary, or you just fancy treating her to some tasty scran, trust me, the Waterfront is sure to put a smile on your lovely mum’s face!

(Pssst if you’re making it a Mother’s Day date, your mum can dine for free when visiting as a group of four or more – the perfect excuse to treat her on Mothering Sunday!)

Gin, glorious gin!

Being a mother myself, take it from me, more often than not mums want one thing and one thing only… a large gin! Luckily for us, Alea serves theirs in mother-sized measurements with all the razzmatazz that you could possibly hope for. Whether you choose to treat your mum to a tipple at the sweeping 10 metre Long Bar, around a glamorous gaming table or outside on the restaurant’s sun-trapped balcony, you’ll each have your pick of artisan gins like The Botanist, Silent Pool and Monkey 47. Served up with premium tonic, a perfectly-paired garnish and, if you like, a glorious goblet glass (I mean, is that even a question you need to ask yourself?), I can’t think of a better spot to sit and enjoy these botanical gems!

Want to do more than just drink the stuff? Then you need to check out Alea’s Gin O’Clock package! For just £25pp, you and your mum can find out all there is to know about this scrumptious spirit, sampling a variety of gins along the way served up by Alea’s expert bartenders and garnished with made-to-match accompaniments. You’ll even finish off with a dainty afternoon tea, brimming with savouries, scones and sweet treats – now don’t tell me your mum wouldn’t just love that!

Stir, sip & strain

All mums love a cocktail. Fact. So what better than treating her, not just to her choice of creative concoctions, but to a one-on-one masterclass on how to make them? With Alea’s skilled mixologists on hand to guide your mum through the process, she’ll be shaking it ‘til she makes it with her pick of cocktail, before putting her feet up and enjoying a second one on the house! Complete with a complimentary bet to play on the Roulette tables, all for just £20, I reckon your lovely mum’s luck is in!

cocktail masterclass

Learn something new

Fancy opening your mum’s eyes to the world of casinos? No, I’m not talking about the seedy, smoke-filled days of old, I’m talking about the ultra glam and super fun days of Alea!

When I first started working here I was amazed at how many mums loved coming in to play, whether it was a spot of Blackjack, Roulette, Poker or Slots that took their fancy. But it makes perfect sense – you’d be hard pressed to find another venue that has everything mums love, all under one roof! With a choice of two glitzy bars, a fantastic fine dining restaurant, loads of gaming tables and electronic machines to play on, plus live entertainment at the weekends, it’s the perfect spot for mums to enjoy a child-free night with their friends. What’s more, Alea is a 24 hour venue so when it comes to home-time, there’s no waiting about in the cold for a taxi (thank god!) – instead, guests can stay safe and warm indoors whilst the reception team arrange a ride.

That’s why Alea’s Learn to Play packages are so great – they’re the perfect introductory experience, allowing your mum to sample the glitz and glamour of the casino, complete with all of her favourite things wrapped into one! With a range of budgets to suit, I’d personally go for the deluxe package (hint hint…) for just £50. With this, your mum can learn how to play her pick of Roulette or Blackjack with an exclusive 40 minute session at one of the tables. She’ll enjoy her choice of house drink as she plays, then once the session has ended, she’ll be treated to a delicious three-course meal in the Waterfront Restaurant. Rounded off with a complimentary £5 bet to play back on the gaming floor, your mum won’t just enjoy all of her favourite treats, she’ll find a few new favourites too!

Get your glad rags on

It has to be said, I, like most mums, love a good old sing-song, and I reckon I’ve probably got my own mother to thank for that! Don’t ask me what it is about cheesy pop tunes, big ballads and musical numbers that gets you going, but nothing quite beats a night spent singing along to your favourite songs with all of your girls around you.

That’s exactly why mums across the city (and me!) adore Alea’s buzzing tribute nights, and with tickets from as little as £25, they make for the perfect excuse to get dolled up and enjoy a night on the tiles! Whether you and your mum love a bit of Dirty Dancing, want to swoon over the Take That lads, or keep it classic with Rod Stewart, you’ll be able to kick off your evening with a delicious three-course meal before swinging and swaying to the sounds of the stage in Alea’s beautiful event suite.

As if that wasn’t enough, the casino also throws legendary Ladies Nights which promise all the fun of a tribute act but with double the glitz and glamour! With dates on throughout the year and tickets from £35, you and your mum will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of bubbly before tucking into a three-course buffet, then hitting the sparkly LED dance floor and dancing the night away with butlers in the buff (cheeky!) to the sounds of a fantastic live tribute.

Fussy mum? No problem!

Now if you’ve read all of this and thought ‘well that’s all well and good, but my mum is super fussy and I have no idea which of those she’d like!’… don’t fret. Mums can be confusing creatures and for those who are the fussiest of fuss pots and the busiest of bees, Alea’s gift vouchers have got their names written all over them!

No matter which experience takes her fancy, your mum can enjoy a tailored day out to suit her, at a time that suits her. You choose how much to add on to your gift card, she chooses how to spend it – simple…so long as she takes you with her!