Stobtober goers look away now as London Cocktail Week (01-07 October) returns in its ninth year, loaded with £6 cocktails from more than 300 of the best bars across the capital it's not to be missed! The seven-day celebration of cocktail culture is the biggest in the world, with a variety of pop-ups and parties for passholders, as well as unlimited entry to the Cocktail Village, located at the Old Truman Brewery.
Candid has compiled a guide to unmissable events taking place throughout London Cocktail Week, behold!
First and foremost, you will need to head on over to DrinkUp.London for your £10 digital festival pass, this will give you unlimited access to the Cocktail Village where 300 bars await you. Fortunately for all ditching the booze this year, there will be 90 bars also serving non-alcoholic cocktails (£4) at the village and around London. Granted it sounds counterintuitive but, it does mean more the…merrier?
GREY GOOSE CAFÉ LA VANILLE
Enjoy a series of workshops by Jägermeister that will invite you to reimagine the complex German spirit. From learning about the art of ice carving and a three-hour urban foraging session around the city, to cocktail courses using inspiration from store cupboard staples like marmalade and everyday kitchen items re-purposed for cocktail making. Jägermeister UK’s award-winning brand ambassador, Florian Beuren, plus special guests including
author and forager Andy Hamilton, will take you on an inspiring journey. In addition to the workshops, Jägermeister will have a stand-alone pop-up bar at the Big Chill throughout London Cocktail Week with bartenders on hand to provide you with a memorable ‘meisterclass’ session. #JagerLCW
Jägermeister Workshops | Big Chill Bar, Dray Walk, E1 6QL | 03–05 October | 2pm-12am Wed, 12pm-1am
Thurs, 12pm-1am Fri and Sat, 12pm-10pm Sun | £Free
THE LIGHT HOUSE
The London Essence Company unveils The Light House – an immersive journey exploring the essence of light. Embark on a multi-sensory experience where perception-shifting light design intersects with innovative low calorie cocktails produced by a host of the world’s best bartenders, including former head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar, Erik Lorincz and Master Mixologist at The Connaught Ago Perrone. Guests will be taken
on a journey through colour, scent, sight and sound, as they sample a selection of inventive light cocktails, each under 150 calories.
For just £12, guests will enjoy two cocktails in elegant surroundings whilst basking in the unique, interactive light show. From a relaxing haven by day to an atmospheric, beautifully lit bar by night, The Light House offers a lighter way to enjoy this year’s London Cocktail Week.
The Light House | 5-7 Grape Street, WC2H 8DW | 01-06 October | 11am-10.30pm | £12 | Tickets available
HENDRICK’S GIN TINI MARTINI BAR
In a tale of both epic – and miniature – proportions, the unusualists over at Hendrick’s Gin are throwing a threenight
celebration of the most sophisticated of drinks, the martini – by launching the diminutively delightful: Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini Bar.
Each evening will explore how the martini is appreciated across the globe, celebrating how it has been reimagined through a series of takeovers from some of the world’s best bars including Dukes Bar (London), The London EDITION, Employees Only (New York City), Sweet Liberty (Miami), Kinly Bar (Frankfurt), Schumann’s Bar (Munich) and *ISK (Oslo). Expect a journey of unusual experiences – from pygmy goats to microscopic games –
as well as the most perfect of perfect Tini Martinis – all delivered through a distinctively surreal, Hendrick’s lens, elevating the artistry and undiluted enjoyment of the tipple, even in its littlest size.
Hendrick's Gin Tini Martini Bar | Swordtail Studios | 2083 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4DG | 03-05
October | 7pm-9pm or 9pm-11pm | £12 | Tickets available from DrinkUp.London
ABSOLUT PORN STAR MARTINI TOWNHOUSE
Discover a unique multi-sensory journey across four floors of this beautiful Victorian building. From a mist filled Vanilla Forest to a bubble filled maze, the townhouse will bring to life the tastes, aromas and sensations of this iconic cocktail.
The final stop on the immersive journey will be the Absolut Vanilia Bar, where guests will be given the opportunity
to master the skill of making their very own Porn Star Martini: the perfect way to complete the experience.
Absolut Porn Star Martini Townhouse | 19 Greek Street, W1D 4DT | 03-06 October | 4-9pm Wed-Fri,
1.15pm–9pm Sat | £9 | Tickets available from DrinkUp.London
THE SPIRITS COLLECTIVE
The Spirits Collective is inviting intrepid drinkers to join them on a cocktail odyssey at TT Liquor, Shoreditch, as they celebrate remarkable liquids from around the world. Across the week, they’ll be celebrating these rich and diverse liquids with a series of in-depth workshops, tastings and hands-on experiences. In addition to their unique series of cocktail events, The Spirits Collective will be also be taking over the Cellar Bar at TT Liquor every evening from 5pm onwards.
The Spirits Collective | TT Liquor | 17B Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | 02-06 October | 5pm onwards | £14 |
Tickets available from DrinkUp.London
CELEBRATION OF ALCHEMY
Grand Marnier will be hosting a series of alchemy themed experiences in partnership with two of the world’s Top
50 Bars – Le Syndicat (Paris) and Oriole (London).
Inspired by the unique alchemy of Cognac & bitter Oranges at the heart of the brand, Grand Marnier is bringing together the best of London & Paris with the takeover of Le Syndicat at ECC in Soho/Chinatown on Tuesday and Thursday night, continuing with a “Touch of Rouge” night at Oriole Bar on Tuesday and Wednesday night, blending contemporary dance and the finest Cocktails. The Oriole bar team have created a special menu of
exclusive Grand Marnier cocktails – only available during London Cocktail Week – and at special prices for Festival Pass holders.
Cocktail lovers will also have the chance to enjoy a bespoke masterclass hosted by Grand Marnier ambassador
Joe St Clair-Ford, to learn about Grand Marnier’s unique alchemy of cognac and bitter orange essence.
The Grand Takeover | Experimental Cocktail Club | 13a Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PS | 02 & 04 October |
6pm-3am | £Free
Grand Alchemy Masterclass | Oriole Bar | Smithfield Market, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH | 02
October | 6pm-8pm | £15 | Tickets available from DrinkUp.London
Grand Marnier Presents “A Touch of Rouge” | Oriole Bar | Smithfield Market, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A
9LH | 02-03 October | 8pm-1am | £Free
PISCOTHEQUE AT APPLES AND PEARS
The #Chilean Pisco crew are inviting visitors to celebrate the spirit of Chile with pisco cocktails and a killer Latin
playlist to include Salsa, Reggaeton and tropical beats.
Piscotheque | Apples & Pears | 26 Osborn Street, E1 6TD | 04 October | 5pm-11.30pm | £Free