London Cocktail Week – the world’s greatest celebration of cocktail culture – will return from October 12-22, celebrating the city’s revered reputation as a global capital of cocktail culture with an all-new Connoisseur’s Collection of luxury, one-of-a-kind experiences, for the most dedicated drinks enthusiasts, alongside the return of its Curated Cocktail Tours, offering Signature Cocktails for just £8 across more than 200 of London’s top bars.
Brand new for the 14th annual festival, the Connoisseur’s Collection is a programme of exclusive, reservation-only experiences held at a handful of London’s most prestigious bar venues, with each intimate event representing the very pinnacle of cocktail service.
The schedule includes two experiences at The Savoy: at the hotel’s historic American Bar, guests will be able to try an authentic Vintage Daiquiri made with rare 1970s Bacardi rum alongside a modern day interpretation (£40 per person); at The Beaufort Bar, a ‘Martini and Caviar Bump’ experience will see guests enjoy a martini alongside a 5g "bump" of French Sturia caviar served directly onto their hand (£40 per person). The Aubrey’s Bar Director Pietro Rizzo will personally host a special series of Omakase cocktail experiences (£198 per person). Whisky fans can also sign up to Sexy Fish’s once-in-a-lifetime Whisky Tasting event on October 16, which will give six guests the opportunity to taste an extremely rare selection of the bar’s top shelf Japanese whiskies (£335 per person). Other venues taking part include Lyaness, Kwānt, Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London, GONG at Shangri-La The Shard and Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese at Corinthia London.
A popular mainstay of London Cocktail Week since its inception in 2010, the Curated Cocktail Tours will see more than 200 bars across the city offer £8 Signature Cocktails, that have been specially created for the duration of the festival. Cocktail lovers will be able to explore and experience the best of London’s bar scene by making their way through the curated selection of participating bars, with the Signature Cocktails available to those who show their festival wristband. The ticket price will also include a printed guidebook featuring all the bars taking part. Highlights across the list of Signature Cocktails include:
Nightjar – La Mariposa
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Italicus, Vida del Maguey Espadin, Peruvian marigold, tonka & agave syrup and grapefruit juice.
Common Decency at NoMad London - Cool As A Cuke
Patron Silver tequila, coconut milk, lime juice, lactose fermented cucumber syrup, saline and Two Tribes Mexican sour.
TT Liquor – M.A.A.D City
Hennessy VS Cognac, Orgeat, peach syrup, lemon juice, peach bitters, Angostura bitters and Ms. Better's Bitters Miraculous Foamer
Nobu Bar – Espresso High
Discarded Cascara vermouth, lacto plum syrup, re-brewed coffee husk, cocoa nib soda, spent coffee husk dust and gold.
Spey Bar – Same Again
Craigellachie 13yo Scotch whisky, Benedictine D.O.M. liqueur, cherry brandy, Peychaud's bitters and orange oils.
69 Colebrooke Row — Prairie Oyster
Horseradish vodka, Oloroso sherry, pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato yolk and oyster leaf
Many of the bars will also offer a non-alcoholic Signature Cocktail option for £6, making the festival fully accessible to non-drinkers. Each £15 wristband is valid for the duration of the 11-day festival, and will be available to purchase in advance online and at the bars themselves during the festival, with each bar retaining the full ticket fee – a new initiative for this year aiming to give further support to London’s bar industry.
London Cocktail Week 2023 will take place from 12th-22nd October.
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