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.

Last updated on 17th March 2020




Merchant House

23 user reviews 4

Merchant House know more than just a thing or two when it comes to a dram. Notorious for their drinks classes, tastings and workshops, get to know whisky on a whole new level with experts at hand.

Discounts available on certain events

Looking for great drinks in north London? Not only is The Rhythm and Booze Project bringing an open whisky bar to The Harrison, but they've even got a stellar show filled with roots, folk and blues music, as well as, multi-sensory experiences.

Pilango Cider Bar

2 user reviews 5

Head to Parsons Green where Pilango is opening up its shop floor for a series of tastings and masterclasses where you'll sample everything from Champagne-style fizz to dessert ciders.

@ HALF HITCH Micro-Distillery on Various dates from Friday 10th April 2020

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.

Cabana

1 user review 5

Become a mixology maestro over an afternoon masterclass at this central London party spot. Cabana's cocktail sessions will see you whipping up three delicious cocktails, snacking on delicious Rio-inspired street food snacks and letting your hair down over a host of carnival-worthy classics.

Take a scientific approach to wine tasting at this fun course in South London, suitable for all levels of knowledge. Simply head to Diogenes The Dog and you'll get to sip samples from 5 - 6 handpicked bottles, and dissect them in a fun and eye-opening way. 

VSF Wine Education

3 user reviews 5

VSF are hosting a series of workshops and masterclasses this winter. Ranging from Middle Eastern wine tasting sessions to an introduction to Asian spirits, you'll be taught by trained professionals all about the origins and flavours of the drink, enjoying light refreshments a long the way.

This unique session from the whisky experts at Black Rock is going beyond your classic tasting session to bring you a more interactive drinking experience. With five drams ready for the tasting, as well as the chance to create your very own, it's one of the best tasting events in London this year.

HACHÉ

1 user review 5

Raise a glass for this incredible event by Hache, the gin-loving burger pros. Hosting a weekly gin Wednesday, the restaurant is offering three whole hours of free-flowing G&Ts alongside one of their mouth-watering patties. 

The Hide Bar

7 user reviews 4

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. 

Set sail on a unique gin cruise around the Olympic Park this summer. You'll get to sip on four bespoke mixes, accompanied by a short history lesson, all served in crystal glasses that can be kept as a souvenir, with a couple of other goodies thrown in too. 

Head over to Balham where these fun and sociable supper clubs are showing you some of the finest wines in the city this season. Tuck into four courses of delicious food, complete with curated wine flight, from just £45.

Vagabond Wines

2 user reviews 5

London's best-loved wine bar Vagabond boast a jam-packed calendar of events, from workshops on wine-making to cheese and wine evenings dedicated to all things female empowerment. With venues spanning the city, from Canary Wharf to Victoria, you have to travel far to find one either.

  CIDER MAKING MASTERCLASS

2 user reviews 5

@ Hawkes on Saturday 25th April 2020 and 3 other Saturdays

Head down to Bermondsey-based brewery Hawkes for a masterclass in the art of creating craft cider. Included in the trip will be a tour of the factory, delicious stonebaked pizza and a lesson on different types of apples involved in the production process, you'll even be able to give it a go for yourself, creating your own individual bespoke sip. 

Searcys is one of London's most renowned purveyors of Champagne, and now the secrets to the perfect sparkling sip. Their Champagne masterclasses will guide you a tasting trio, with each glass perfectly paired with a sumptuous dish.

Hammerton Brewery

1 user review 1

For a glimpse of the process that goes into creating craft beers, look no further than North London-based Hammerton Brewery. Running regular tasting sessions and guided tours, this is the perfect place to dip your toe into the world of craft beer creation.

From wine tastings centred on specific French regions to a superb Chianti masterclass and even a special Christmas-themed cellar tasting, Petersham Nurseries is a top choice for wine tasting in London. Head to the central London favourite for grape-fuelled imbibing.

Urban Pubs and Bars

39 user reviews 5

From whisky and chocolate pairings to kombucha tasting events, Urban Pubs & Bars has got a whole range of exclusive drinks events taking place across their many London venues. Whether you're in the market for a boozy supper club or a simple wine night, they've got you covered.

Black Rock Events

2 user reviews 5

From wine tastings to spirits masterclasses, Black Rock has something for every taste. Get down to the multi-storey bar where you'll be treated to tastings from some of the best brands in the world right here in Shoreditch.

@ Meet inside the Marquis of Wellington Pub, 21 Druid St, Bermondsey, London SE1 2HH on Every Saturday

Save £10.00 on ticket 12PM SAT with discount code TENOFF

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. 

Ale Hunters

1 user review 5

The perfect afternoon activity for any beer fanatic, Ale Hunters' tasting tours take place all over London and allow ticket-holders to see a very different (and thirst-quenching) side of the city, visiting numerous pubs and learning all about the brewing process.

Winfield Wines

1 user review 4

Think you know wines? Get involved in wine and food matching, as Winfield Wines bring you everything from wine and tapas evenings to blind tastings and a world wine tour. Expect a selection of New and Old World wines alongside a variety of food.

Prosecco House

6 user reviews 5

London's first bar dedicated to prosecco is playing host to a monthly tasting event at One Tower Bridge. The experience will take you through the history of the drink as well as allowing you to sample tastings from a number of gorgeous vineyards. 

Cocktails in the City 2020

603 user reviews 4

Join Cocktails in the City as they make a mighty return to London for another year of master mixology in a fun setting. They'll be bringing together a handpicked selection of London's best bars, with interactive sessions, plenty of samples and loads more to explore. 

HIX Events

51 user reviews 5

After something a little different? Join Mark Hix for a series of food and drink-filled experiences; from a chef's table at his home in Dorset, through to World Whiskey Day celebrations and an intimate kitchen table with the famous chef.

London Craft Beer Cruise

59 user reviews 4

One of the best beer tasting events in London this summer, the London Craft Beer Cruise is bringing you tasters of some of the city's finest breweries as you sail down the Thames. It's the only way hops-heads should be seeing the capital this summer.