The Espresso Martini Festival Returns To London This Month

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It’s caffeine, it’s a cocktail… it’s everything you want, really.

Everyone has a favourite festival, but a perky new contender sashays into the city next week: London’s Espresso Martini Festival. The boozy, anti-snoozy creation was concocted back in the hedonistic 1980s after a customer asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then fuck me up”. Having won hearts and minds ever since it’s only fitting it gets a worthy celebration – and we’ve got our hands on tickets.

Espresso martini festival
Photo: @mrblackspirits

After a smashing success in the inaugural edition last year, the organisers have wisely decided on a second round. Your alcoholic caffeine fix sets up in the capital from August 16-19th, and the kickoff event is pretty special. They’ll be giving away 1000 fabulous and free espresso martinis on Thursday, Aug 16 at 7pm, to get you buzzed about the week ahead. With a hub on Dray Walk at the Old Truman Brewery, you’ll also find a bottomless brunch and Mr Black’s Church of Coffee, with original and inventive twists on the cocktail available all day.

Espresso martini festival
Photo: @mrblackspirits

The festival isn’t just confined to Brick Lane, however. Once you’ve got your hands on a ticket, your espresso martini dreams start to rapidly come true across town. You’ll have the option to buy £6 espresso martinis from more than 100 London bars, including Basement Sate, Discount Suit Company, Tonight Josephine, and Original Sin. Basically, you can get your caffeine hit no matter which part of the capital you’re frequenting.

Express espressos, indeed! Grab your tickets to the festival here.

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to Clapham and fell in love with it. However, this has put him dangerously close to Infernos... You'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.