London Cocktail Week 2019 | A delicious blend of pop ups & experiences
London Cocktail Week is something of a misleading name.
First of all, it takes place over 10 days.
Second, it involves bars from all over the world.
And third, there’s nothing weak about these London cocktails.
And this year, it happens to be London Cocktail Week’s 10th birthday (only eight more years until it can finally drink!). So what can we expect on such an illustrious occasion? Well, as usual you’ll need to snag one of their £10 digital Festival Passes in order to access all the fun, which is broken down into three main categories:
1) The Cocktail Village – to be found in Brick Lane this year, the Village will be a collection of over 40 pop up bars, plus street food and DJs, and other such entertainment. The stuff they have lined up sounds quite ridiculously impressive, including an entire alley of izakaya-style pop up bars serving Japanese whisky; a pop up spritz bar by Swift; a hedgerow sprouting cocktails on tap; a silent disco whisky-tasting; and something called a ‘gin sauna’.
2) The Pop Ups – taking place across London, you can dive into a scientifically calibrated, palate-matching bespoke cocktail experience in Soho; an espresso martini experiment in Covent Garden; a ‘tini martini’ gin townhouse in Shoreditch (where you’ll be treated to a long lineup of mini cocktails); and a glow stick-laden UV party at a Shaftsbury Avenue cocktail joint.
3) The Cocktail Tours – also a bit of a misnomer, because if you do want to take a tour, it’ll be an entirely self-guided one. Making it, essentially, a bar crawl. But the basic idea is that some of the best booze joints in London (almost 300 inc. 69 Colebrook Row, Discount Suit Company, Original Sin, etc.) are all offering special one-off cocktails for just £6 a pop if you flash your Festival Pass, meaning you can go on a delicious, relatively inexpensive cocktail jaunt across some of the best bars in town, and by extension, the world.
Which isn’t bad.
NOTE: London Cocktail Week 2019 takes place from 4th-13th October across London. You can find out more, see the full lineup of events, and get your festival pass (£10) right HERE.
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