It’s back for a huge 10 days: 300 bars, £6 cocktails, one pass. London Cocktail Week 2019.
That’s right, folks! London Cocktail Week is back this year for the world’s biggest annual boozy bonanza from October 4-13, and it couldn’t be simpler to get involved. Just one pass – available for £10 – is needed to get access to no fewer than 300 of the best bars in London. Ready to sip on everything from tequilas, to gins, piscos, whiskies and vodkas?
What do you get? Delicious signature cocktails from each participating bar for a mere £6 each – and free entry, with even more £6 deals, to the Old Truman Brewery’s The Cocktail Village (open Oct 9-13) where hundreds of mixologists will be concocting mouthwatering drinks. Count us in for moderate and responsible drinking. Returning to Brick Lane, you’ll find 40 pop-up bars serving all of the best creative cocktails the capital has to offer. And, an added first for 2019, London Cocktail Week has joined forces with Street Feast, owners of several legendary street food markets across London, to provide the food, plus nightly entertainment from cabaret favourites like Sink the Pink for some night time party vibes.
Now, where are the fabled 300 bars the pass gives access to? LCW’s full list is on their website – you can even search for your ideal bar by area, spirit or type of experience – whether it’s rooftop, basement, tiki or speakeasy, date night, wine bar, whisky joint or hidden gem you’re after – the organisers have this down to a fine art.
Here are our top picks for the week by area:
Whisky fans will love the lavish surroundings at Islington’s Hoxley & Porter and their signature LCW Hoxley Rhubarb Gin Fizz cocktail: Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger gin, lime, lemon, egg white, double cream, orange flower water topped with London Essence Co. Rhubarb & Cardamom soda.
Unassuming from the outside, the Hackney Coffee Co.in Bethnal Green is a plant-lover’s paradise, and they have a cocktail to match with the lively and herbaceous surroundings: a true classic Espresso Martini.
Nine Lives might be tucked away down an alley but it’s worth a visit for their delicious LCW offerings. Your digital pass will get you either a Strangely Sour (Hendrick’s gin, lemon and egg white. For a vegan alternative there is cucumber infused aquafaba) or a Dark Side Of The Sun (Hendrick’s Orbium, hazelnut liqueur, blueberry, lemon verbena, citrus and egg white) for £6.
A fan of gin? Step into Notting Hill’s Cheshire Cat, a deliciously kitsch kitty-cat pop-up parlour with a touch of chintz thrown in for good measure. Here, you’ll find a selection of the finest Boë gin cocktails including some classic choices and plenty of Alice-inspired drinks that just scream out “Drink Me”!
Covent Garden’s most lusciously retro drinking den, Blame Gloria, is going all out for London Cocktail Week. Sit back surrounded by an eclectic, loose and outrageous vibe while you sip on Estes: Tequila, black raspberry liqueur, lime juice, agave nectar, cranberry juice and fresh raspberries.
If, like us, you love cocktails but don’t want to break the bank, London Cocktail Week is the perfect time to get your fix. Even if you only end up getting two cocktails, you’re still quids in – and even more so if you’re getting non-alcoholic cocktails at £4 a pop!
The digital pass is loaded onto a custom app on your phone (and located in your ‘wallet’), which also provides all the information you need to explore the many venues.
London Cocktail Week runs citywide Friday October 4 – Sunday October 13. Get your £10 pass here! The Cocktail Village, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane: Opening Hours are Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th October: 12.00 – 23.00, Sunday 13th October: 12.00 – 19.00. The London Cocktail Week Covent Garden Pop-Up, 5-7 Grape Street, Covent Garden: Opening Hours are Friday 4th October – Thursday 10th October: 12.00 – 23.00.