There's drinks events and then there's Erdinger Oktoberfest. Back for another smashing year, the beer festival is taking over Stratford for a month of Bavarian waitresses, Live bands, communal tables, themepark rides, and lots of beer.
Best Drinks Events and Tastings in London
Of course there's nothing wrong with indulging in the same drink every time you go out, but with the summer in full swing, there's never been a better time to step into the dark and explore everything that the city's bartenders have to offer. We've always been blessed in London. Constantly surrounded by hundreds of bars and with an army of expert mixologists and sommeliers, we get to experience exotic tastes and spices from all over the globe. It's time to stop dipping your toes; just dive straight in. Check out our recommendations for the best drinks events in London and discover some of the ace liquor-centric activities this city has to offer.
Merchant House's two London venues promote the finest collections of gin, rum or whiskey anywhere in the world and now you have the chance to soak it all up at a masterclass dedicated to your spirit of choice.
From making scientific cocktails in a clapped out RV to cracking codes Bletchley Park style, Lollipop are no stranger to organising incredible events. This latest one will no different as they take on the world of AI, for an escape room and cocktail experience.
Based in London Bridge, the Hide Bar is a elegant cocktail bar and restaurant that serves Londoners delicious concoctions and crafty dishes. Hosting a number of cocktail classes and with a library of books all based around mixology, the team of bartenders are purists, sticking to traditional recipes and techniques. Alongside the many plates of traditional food, the masterminds behind this bar make use of Borough Market to supply their chefs and mixologists with the finest ingredients available in London.
Leave the lime and salt at home and join MAP Maison for a tequila masterclass, where you'll learn the fascinating history from a Mexican mixologist, enjoy three premium tequilas and two cocktails, which you'll be able to make behind the bar yourself.
From orange wine through to a taste trip in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, Divino In Vino is all about trying different wines. Head to the North London bar for tasting, nibbles and masterclasses.
The Rhythm and Booze boys are back with their latest whisky tasting event. Merging live performance with a multi-sensory experience, it's one of the most unique events in London.
Prepare to be led on a booze-fuelled journey, as Mac and Wild and whisky author, Blair Bowman, take you on a whisky journey like no other! Expect cocktail and canapes alongside tastings in the dark, for a truly immersive experience.
This cool London drinks tasting is a dream ticket for an gin fans. You'll taste test four different variations of the spirit, expertly paired with different tonics, with talks and information given by The Distillery's knowledgeable bartenders.
Hosted by head chef Delroy Simpson and sommelier/general manager Mimi Tokumine, this luxurious event takes you on a journey through indulgent Japanese dishes; there's 11 impressive courses with delicious sake to match.
Learn how to make the perfect margarita with the help of a Jose Cuervo expert at this fun and insightful masterclass. You'll be taught the drinks history before you are given the chance to make two exceptional drinks, just in time for Day of the Dead.
Go on a journey of the senses through the beautiful islands of Italy. Learn about each subtle taste and flavour as part of this fun, educational session exploring the diverse wines from across the Sicily and Sardinia.
Calling all gin connoisseurs and bunny fans: the iconic Playboy Club is inviting you to create your own gin, taste bespoke G&Ts and try specially created cocktails at their Halloween pop-up. Not only that, but there will even be the infamous bunnies as this immersive adventure.
Bringing you some of the best drinks events in London, Sakagura will be opening up their bar to some of the world's finest liquors as part of their Summer Spirits Club.
If nothing pleases you better than an ice cold beer on a hot summer's day in the city, then head south and explore the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile. Led by a team of specialists, this craft beer tasting in London features pit stops at the finest breweries south of the Thames, including Anspach & Hodbay, Fourpure and Partizan Brewing. From the Flatiron to the Beartooth, guests will have the chance to sample a huge range of beers and ales, all produced using the freshest ingredients and grains.
It's all about gin at this quirky masterclass. Located in Hackney's Martello Hall, you can go on a journey through the history of gin, before sipping on GTs, tasting tonics and blending botanicals as you create your very own gins to take away.
Step inside the Kitchen of The Little Blue Door and see how they whip up some of Fulham's finest cocktails. Choose your poison then shake it like you know what you're doing at this quirky drinks events in West London.
They've already made a name for themselves on the London bar scene and Genuine Liquorette is letting you in on a few secrets. Join the sexy bar as they show you how to whip up a series of delicious drinks over two hours, accompanied by nibbles and Polaroid snaps.
Grab your favourite bottle of hooch and head west where a team of expert mixologists at the Moonshine Saloon are waiting to mix you up some stunning cocktails at one of the best drinks events in London.
Warm your cockles this October with this premium brand of whisky as Deanston showcase three of their single malts. There will also be a whisky masterclass, a four-course meal and cocktail pairing.
Looking for a wine bar in London that offers only the best in wine tastings? Join Abbotshill Wine Bar for just that as this South Ealing spot can cater tastings to suit your palate, and the palate of your guests.
Explore mescal like you've never explored it before, as Sin Gusano's founder curates a special selection of the drink not typically seen in the UK, alongside refreshing fruits, salts and tasting notes.
If you're all about whisky, then don't miss out on this Scotch-filled event that's showcasing the finest north of the border. The evening will be taking place at the very swish Haymarket Hotel, will include six courses of whisky and canapes, along with talks.
Step into M Restaurant and you'll be greeted by an interior of deep dark tonnes, lavish interiors and impeccable service. But while the delicious food and beautiful inside is one bonus, they also have their own dedicated wine tasting area, meaning you can sample the wines before indulging in a bottle yourself.
The team at the Half Hitch Micro Brewery in Camden are throwing open their doors this Autumn, inviting guests to a special masterclass revolving around all the wonders of gin. In a special session, guests will first try some of the Half Hitch's finest gins, before learning all about the spirit courtesy of the gin specialists behind the bar. After that, you'll have the chance to create your own bespoke gin, made using ingredients that you've brought from home.
Goat in Chelsea is known for its delicious cocktails and stone-baked pizzas and now they're letting you in on their secret. Head to the swish spot every Thursday for a different themed cocktail class, along with 50% off food and drink when you're done.
Prosecco House returns with its swanky series showcasing handpicked producers and their best wines. Not only can you learn all about the varieties, but there's also 5 glasses of prosecco and snacks to whet your appetite.
The ultimate craft beer tour for those that love their hops, travel through Shoreditch and the City, discover how to drink properly, meet the breweries, and taste your way through seven different sites.
Calling all cocktail lovers: this boozy masterclass will take you on a journey through Italy, as POLPO and Sipsmith celebrate the beloved Negroni. You'll create your own concoctions, drink a number of varieties and learn all about the aperitvo at this special pop up.
Head to Notting Hill this month as The Ginstitute opens its doors for some serious gin-based learning. With history, making, shaking and drinking all mixed into one, it'll turn any novice into an immediate master.
This series of workshops features dedicated artisans teaching you valuable skills as you discover the pleasure of Appleton Estate in a cocktail-making masterclass. You ticket will include cocktails, a rum masterclass, crft workshop and a home-tasting kit for your every day rum tasting needs.
Gin Tonica is a mecca for gin lovers; head to the revamped Victorian pub in Notting Hill to find more than 100 types of gin, all served Spanish style in a great goblet. Line your stomach with their scrumptious range of tapas.