Cocktail Classes London
Everybody loves a mighty mixed drink and it's no secret that London has some of very best cocktail bars in the business. Many of these venues also offer fantastic cocktail masterclass packages too, where you're invited to take centre stage in whipping up all sorts of creative concoctions with your mates. We've searched the capital from tip to toe and come up with this list of the best cocktail making classes in London.
Effortlessly cool and offering a unique concept to its patrons, The Studio also offers a fantastic masterclass package. The sessions are run by industry leading bartenders, who teach you the tricks of the trade as you learn how to master 2-3 of your chosen favourite cocktails. You’ll be learning all about the spirits and concoctions involved, and there’s awesome banter to be had with your teacher all along the way.
A cocktail masterclass at Zebrano Soho is aimed at those who like a laugh, and also those who have a competitive streak to them! You’ll learn the tricks of the trade from one of the venue’s seriously talented bartenders, and you’ll also come up against everybody else as you battle to make the best concoction! Classes run from Monday to Saturday, and you’re welcome to stay for a bite or reserve an area in the club once you’re finished too. They also run the classes at sister bar Zebrano Carnaby too!
Nestled away deep in London's financial district is Merchant House, home to one of the world's largest collections of regional and international spirits. Starting in July, the team at this established venue will be hosting a number of cocktail masterclasses, using their arsenal of juices, spices and spirits to retell the enchanting stories behind some of the oldest concoctions on offer. If Port isn't really your preferred drink, they also alternative masterclasses for all the Gin and Rum connoisseur out there.
Learn to make some beaut cocktails, then belt out your favourite guilty pleasure anthems while you’re drinking them. Soho’s dedicated karaoke bar bring their top drawer bartenders out to demonstrate a few of your favourite classics before it’s over to your private booth for an hour of karaoke-fuelled antics. Tickets are £35 per person, or £30 without karaoke.
The Ciroc School of Mixology run fun-loving and informative cocktail masterclasses from the heart of central London every Wednesday. Held from the ‘London Riviera’ - a summer-time pop-up merging Miami beach vibes with the chic surrounds of the French Riviera - you’ll learn the artistry behind creating their summer punch before retiring to a sun lounger and taking in the front-row views of Tower Bridge.
JuJu's cocktails are out of this world. How else are we to explain the fact that they've won Best Late Night Bar, Best for Mixology and Best Bar in the past few years? Amateurs, budding bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts are invited to try their hand at mixing up a storm at one of JuJu's cocktail classes. Once you've shaken and stirred your way through the class, sip on your liquid creations in an elegant and classy environment.
The Bussey rooftop and Roof East in Stratford will be hosting a number of gin-based masterclasses and tasting session. The day involves sampling a number of gin-based cocktails and spirits whilst learning all about the history and production method of this exquisite spirit. How better to spend your weekend then on a London rooftop, watching the sun disappear behind the jagged London skyline while gulping down a few intriguing concoctions?
The Met Bar invites you behind the bar to try your hand at one of their Cocktail Masterclasses. Got a penchant for a particular spirit? You'll want one of their spirit-specific packages, otherwise choose the 'Met Experience', which allows you to recreate the cocktails from quite frankly delightful Met Bar cocktail list. Packages are priced between £30-£55 per person.
While the forefront of desserts in London, Basement Sate is a broody destination that knows a thing or two about cocktails aswell. With their cocktail classes coming in at just £35 per person, guests can tuck into some of the top tipples in the city, be you a sweet tooth, or hankering for something a bit sharper, you'll be a pro in no time.
Renowned in North London circles for their innovative craft beer cocktails, join the team at Kilburn Ironworks for one of their cheery, laid-back cocktail classes. They’re available for groups of 8 or more, and start at just £20 per person.
These 90 minute masterclasses are an experience in enlightenment, with the best mixers in the business on hand to lend their mad skillz and pass on some top knowledge. Make your two favourite cocktails and sample plenty of foodie goodies alongside at these fun fests.
Penchant for punchy spirits? Thought so. The independent Rum company called The Duppy Share are hosting an evening dedicated to Rum mixology at Merchant House. Come down and experience the taste of Rums as you're guided through Island tastes, Tropical flavours and then allowed to create your own unique blend of the Jamaican goodness.
Majestic. That's the word that instantly springs to mind when asked to describe The Fable's cocktails. The venue's expert in-house bartenders will be on hand to guide you through the construction of their tasty tipples, and the friendly staff are happy to tailor their classes to suit the wants and needs of each individual group. Perfect for a customised birthday celebration in London.
Notoriously playful and always excelling in their craft, here's your chance to learn how to play the Be At One way. Your 90-minute session covers all kinds of history, shaking, making and tasting, with plenty of games to enjoy along the way. It's £25 a head and designed for groups of six or more, and there's classes to be enjoyed Shoreditch, Clapham and Farringdon if Covent Garden doesn't suit.
West End favourite Loop offers a standard cocktail class package at £20 per head, and you could add either a two or three-course meal to your plans if you so choose. A welcome drink gets you settled, you’ll make two of your favourite cocktails and there’s a sharing platter for every four guests.
This exciting bar has American dine features and a popular following in the City, and for very good reason. The beautiful mezzanine in the restaurant is perfect for hosting cocktail making classes for up to 25 guests. Ideal for pretty much any occasion!
This bustling bar on Clapham High Street is inspired by those exotic Arabic Markets, lent an authentic air by the allure of incense in the air. Order some tasty grub or go mad to some wicked beats as the DJs take over this cool little joint.
Belle&Co are famous for their top drawer cocktails, so why not learn how to make some of their classics yourself? Choose from two packages at the bijou Belle&Co drinking den and revel in your role as the bartender for the evening. The Cocktail Clinic package is a private 1 and a half hour cocktail clinic (min. booking of 10 guests) ideal for a birthday or treat for you and friends. Looking for something a bit more extravagant? The Cocktail Masterclass is a 5 hour cocktail extravaganza designed with the real cocktail enthusiast in mind.
Ninetyeight bar offers up one of the best classes in Shoreditch. A striking venue characterised by its crazy mix of toys, sweets quirky décor and even lickable flavoured wax candles; the lively back room can be hired out for 30-50 people so it's great for parties and private events. Ninetyeight has its own cocktail making classes studio, perfect for a chilled out session with your nearest and dearest.
With over 500 spirits behind the bar, there's certainly no shortage of ingredients to experiment with here. The expert mixologists at this chic restaurant bar are known for making unique and exotic concoctions and they will definitely not disappoint. Come for the masterclass, stay for the delicious Indian food and the irresistibly vibrant late-night atmosphere.
For the budding cocktail connoisseur amongst you, the refined masterclass at The Folly is a great option. The botanical theme stretches from the decor to the menu, and with it you will learn an array of fresh cocktails. Learn how to mix and muddle new cocktails with one of the interactive mixology classes. Perfect for office team building, dates, something a little different in London or just a bit of fun.
A six-floored party palace in a bulls-eye central location, who knew Piccadilly Institute also held one of the best cocktail classes in the West End? These guys get you started with a welcome drink, before teaching you all of the tricks of the trade for two of your favourite classic cocktails. There’s a sharing platter for every fourth guest, and a couple of shots during all those fun and games.
Head to this Bishopsgate bar to learn about the history and origins of your favourite spirits before making them into delicious cocktails at your very own mixology table. You'll learn the tricks of the trade from The Drift's expert in-house mixologists and with cocktails like 'Goldfish in a Bag' and 'Rub a Dub Shrub' on the menu, you can bet that it's going to be exciting! At the end of this session, you'll be an expert measurer, muddler, strainer, juicer and, of course, shaker!
Zenna in Soho is a hidden gem whipping up some of the best cocktails in London. Home to Illiana - the world's spiciest cocktail - this luxury bar's cocktails are all designed by Dan Thomson. As one of the best mixologists in London, he will certainly give you some great hints and tips as he guides you through an intimate masterclass. If you are looking for a unique London cocktail class, look no further.
Where better to learn how to make sumptuous cocktails than at the super sleek NYC hideout, Dirty Martini Covent Garden? Offering a range of Hen Party packages; for just £55 you can become a mixologist pro, enjoy a three course meal and pick the brains of your very own private bartender!
A tiki-inspired den of central London cavorting, Kanaloa is also known for the quality of its cocktail class bundle. It’s £29.95 a head, or you can add a two or three course meal to your package if you’d like. Enjoy a welcome drink, a sharing platter between four and you’ll spend your time making two of your favourite classic cocktails in a fun and welcoming environment.
Book yourself in for a masterclass at The London Cocktail Club and you will be learning from the very best concoction crafters in the capital. This basement bar serves up some truly delicious and interesting cocktails like the flaming Brixton Riot and the very popular Porn Star Martini. The owners, JJ and James, are mentored by Raymond Blanc and Sam and Eddie Hart of Quo Vadis so they serve up some great food alongside the cocktails - certainly a good mix to learn cocktail making from.
Slug & Lettuce County Hall runs regular masterclasses that come in at £25 per person. The venue’s skilled bartenders will be out in force to teach aspiring mixologists the tricks of the trade in a chilled and entertaining class.
Beaufort House’s masterful bartenders will teach you the tricks of the trade in their refined cocktail masterclasses. They’ll teach you through the history of the spirits you’re using, before letting you lose behind the bar to create their exquisite concoctions for yourself.
This Piccadilly social hub offers you an exclusive masterclass experience that can be teamed with a three-course meal for just £33 per person. Coming with a welcome drink, the chance to make two of your fave cocktails and a sharing platter for every fourth guest, there’s a couple of shots to help wash everything down with too.