Stay: The Europa Hotel has hosted a swathe of big name guests, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, and is still the place where deals happen and rock stars hang out.
Nightlife: The Crown Bar is a rare beast — a pub that’s owned by the National Trust. It serves good beer, but it’s the look and atmosphere that count. This former Victorian gin palace is covered in exquisite tiling and mosaics.
Eat: Ox showcases the culinary works of Stephen Toman, who makes a point of using locally sourced meat and fish, but the real selling point is the elevation of vegetables to key ingredients rather than something to pad out the plate.
Nearest INFINITI Centre: Belfast
Feel the power of the Q70, INFINITI’s luxury saloon, with a test drive here
Drive time: Belfast to Glasgow
Stay: The Principal Blythswood Square Hotel is surrounded by handsome Georgian townhouses and offers Italian marble-clad bathrooms, super-comfy beds plus a highly regarded in-house spa for shameless pampering.
Nightlife: Once upon a time, Glasgow’s nightlife was a choice between the down-to-earth city centre and the more refined and aspirational West End. This is changing with the emergence of Finnieston as a destination between the two — dozens of bars have opened up there in recent years. The snug Ben Nevis, specialising in whiskies and craft beers, is an excellent starting point.
Eat: There’s no such thing as an off-cut at the Gannet, perhaps the restaurant that’s done more than any other to put Finnieston on the map. The invention comes from using every bit of a guinea fowl or mallard, and creating dishes to suit. There’s also a strong game focus — expect top-drawer venison and pheasant.
Nearest INFINITI Centre: Glasgow
Glasgow is known for its innovation and disruptive design; the perfect place then to test drive the QX30