All week (Mon 5pm-9.30pm, Tue-Sat midday-9.30pm, Sun midday-6pm), Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW
Monday: World Class Opening Party
During London Cocktail Week, World Class is putting on 10 drink experiences across the capital, from masterclasses to expertly paired dinners. Kick off at the World Class opening party at elegant cocktail bar Oriole, with free Bulleit Bourbon cocktails on arrival, Oriole’s extravagant serves and live blues music.
2 October (6pm-late), Oriole, Smithfield Market, E Poultry Avenue, London EC1A 9LH
Tuesday: Employees Only x Three Sheets
New to the London bar scene, Three Sheets has gone straight into the World’s 100 Best Bars list. Owners Noel and Max have great cocktail bar experience under their belt (69 Colebrooke Row, Bar Termini, Crazy Pedro’s) and opened this neighbourhood-style bar on Kingsland Road in September 2016. The short cocktail list is split into three ‘sheets’ or sections, starting with light and sparkling French 75, poured from a champagne bottle, to the punchy shiso miso (an Asian twist on the old fashioned). To celebrate London Cocktail Week, Three Sheets will be welcoming New York’s Employees Only, one of the world’s leading cocktail bars. Together they will be showcasing Woodford Reserve Alliance whisky in clever cocktails such as Rye and Dry (apple-skin-infused Woodford Rye with Bramley apple cordial, bitters and soda) and Stone Fence (Woodford Distiller’s Select with peach, lemon, cider and soda).
Three Sheets, 510b Kingsland Road, London E8 4AB
Wednesday: Dead Rabbit at The Sun Tavern
The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green is collaborating with New York’s Irish-owned bar, The Dead Rabbit (World’s Best Bar 2016, see the full list here), for one night only. The theme will be whisky – Slane Irish Whisky to be exact – and Jillian Vose from The Dead Rabbit will be joining The Sun Tavern team behind the bar to serve the likes of toasted-sesame-infused whisky with sherry, banana syrup and cinnamon, and whisky with sherry, gooseberry, elderflower and ginger beer. Complete with a cèilidh band and DJs, this promises to be a night of proper craic.
The Sun Tavern, 441 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0AN
Thursday: Happiness Forgets Late 90s House Party
Happiness Forgets, World’s No 10 Bar 2016, has long been a go-to for cocktail lovers who are after an easy-going vibe. Hosted at The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, the team will be throwing a proper 90s house party, complete with classic college tunes, plenty of chairs to lounge into and room for dancing, and specially curated drinks. A night of nostalgia awaits!
The Suite at The Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
Friday: Trash Tiki: Anti-Waste Punk Pop Up
Ian Griffiths (formerly Dandelyan) and Kelsey Ramage have been touring the globe with their tiki bar that uses only waste ingredients in its cocktails. Though they have a mission to raise awareness of food and drink waste, the duo have don’t take themselves too seriously. Take the tongue-in-cheek cocktail names as an example – we love the sound of Death to Despacito, made from Bacardi, pineapple champagne and citrus stock. Savvy ingredients include Café Orgeat (used in mai tais) made from leftover almond croissants, cob syrup using corn cobs, and apple pulp from juice blender waste to create a fab sweet ’n’ sour. The team will be using waste solely from London Cocktail Week Village to create their cocktails for this pop-up.
3-8 October, Nelsons Head Basement, 32 Horatio Street, London E2 7SB
Saturday: Tequila and Mezcal Fest
The fourth year of this Mexican agave spirits festival closes London Cocktail Week with a lighthearted two-day celebration. Get in on exclusive tastings with Patrón tequila’s master distiller Francisco Alcarez, join a seminar on how to make the perfect margarita, or head to the secret speakeasy bar The Perfectionists Garden for Patrón tequila cocktails. There will also be plenty of tacos from Temper, Café Pacifico and Barrio, Mexican music and culture to celebrate the country’s lively spirit.
7-8 October, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Sunday: The Blend by Chivas Regal
Scotch whisky master Chivas Regal is opening a pop-up bar throughout London Cocktail Week at The Blend in Bethnal Green. Head over for whisky cocktails and DJ sets, or join one of the ‘art of blending’ sessions. These 45-minute masterclasses will ensure that you are clued up on whisky blending (learning how flavours are blended to create different styles of whisky) and you can even create your own whisky to take home.
2-8 October, The Blend, 133 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG
There are plenty of other events going on across London, from cocktail historian talks and blind cognac and rum tastings with Courvoisier cognacs, to cocktail classes and Parisian takeovers at The Devil’s Darling bar at The Napoleon Hotel in Shoreditch, and The Botanist gin dinners, bringing the Isle of Islay to London with botanical cocktails and wild ingredients.