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 May 2017
The UK's leading wine experts have teamed up again this September, hosting a brilliant wine tasting that revolves around the very best grape drinks produced by South Africa's finest vineyards. The Three Wine Men - Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith - will be educating guests all about the different making processes and flavours produced by 30 of South Africa's best wine makers. Grab your mates, head down to South Africa house and expect your wine knowledge at this drinks event in London.
Head to Canary Wharf and join Three Wine Men at a sparkling wine tasting event full of flavour and delightful bubbles. Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith have travelled around the world, tasting the finest creations of the world's best vineyards. On the night, guests will be able to try a variety of different drinks, including champagne, prosecco, English sparkling wine and Franciacorta.
Japanese whisky is more popular than ever, but it can be a minefield if you don't know what you're looking for. Which helpfully, is where Map Maison come in. Their head mixologist will take you through the history of the drink, the best mixes and teach you how to make the perfect Japanese whisky cocktail - which of course, you'll be drinking!
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.
Learn how to create beautiful drinks at Bird of Smithfield’s cocktail masterclass. Their expert mixologists will help you craft some amazing drinks – which you’ll be able to sample – and then you’ll pit these new skills against each other in a shake-off! Pride is at risk here for who in your group is the top mixologist.
Learn how to make bourbon, rum and gin cocktails across three different nights with Voltaire’s cocktail masterclass. You’ll be greeted with a welcome drinks reception and canapes before diving into two interactive cocktail making sessions. Afterwards, you’ll be given the recipe to continue the art of cocktail making at home. For just a bit extra, stay longer for a delicious burger.
Take a dash of Tea Pigs delicious flavoured syrups and add in a healthy glug of pure milk Black Cow vodka to spice up your tea party. Mad Hatters Mar-tea-ni Masterclass is a unique and fun cocktail making class taking place in a secret London location.
With street food vendors, entertainment that includes mariachi bands and an Aztec ceremony, and shed loads of cocktails, Tequila and Mezcal Fest is a huge celebration of our favourite spirit. The event takes place in Shoreditch and will be across two dates in October.
With vintage wines from the renowned Chateau Ste Michelle and Stag's Leap and a six course tasting menu, the Exclusive Winemaker's Dinner at Sky Garden is set to be a feast for all the sense. Join them in their private dining room for an evening of spectacular views and delicious food and wine.
Celebrate Sweden's National Day in the best way possible - with plenty of food and wine. Join Aquavit and the Swedish-Anglo society as they cook up six courses all paired with delicious Swedish whiskey and gin.
A lot of people overlook vermouth. But these guys don't. Setting up shop from their mobile bar - located just off Hackney Road in East London - Vermanos is an 'aperitif experiment' from two brothers on a mission to share their hand-made vermouth with the world. Join them on 1st June for the public launch.
Neil Deacon, the founder of VINtwined wines, is hosting a series of pop-up dinner events in London this June, all to showcase the fantastic flavours that English wine has to offer. At each dinner, guests will enjoy a stunning three-course dinner, where each plate of food has been inspired and paired with a particular English Wine. In tandem with the Evening Standards food month, this pop-up event promises to leave you full of facts and with a pleasant taste in your mouth.
Taking place in East London this summer, the London Vegan Beer Fest is back bigger and better than ever before for 2017. Taking place in Hackney, the event will feature vegan beers from Brass Castle who will run a beer hall, vegan wine and plenty of vegan street food.
Wine and cheese are the ultimate pairing, so you should learn how to put them together from absolute pros. Bedales’ wine specialist also happens to hail from New York City’s finest cheese company, meaning he can guide you through five gorgeous pairings with tonnes of tips, conversational questions and lots of wine.
Expand your palate and wine knowledge this month at a wine-based dinner held in South London's Cactus Kitchen. Hosted by Sunday Brunch's wine expert Raul Diaz and Roux Executive chef Toby Stuart, this dinner will see guests sample 5 stunning wines, each of which is served with a complementing course of food. Featuring wines from some of the world's most famous vineyards, expect to have your mind blown by this culinary event.
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.
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.
Central London's suave Qualino's restaurant has teamed up with Rothschild to host a wine tasting event that celebrates the best flavours that Spring has to offer. Guests will sit down to a meal created by head chef James Hulmes, where each of the three courses have been purposely paired with a particular fine wine. Expect great flavours and a truly opulent night at this wine tasting event in London.
Combining new drinks, informative facts and a dark room, Pitch Black is an immersive drinks tasting session that's sure to leave an impression on you. Guests will be plunged into complete darkness, before trying a number of delicious cocktails and fine wines. Featuring stunning flavours and a selection of quirky ingredients, this event is sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Head over to Humble Grape on Fleet Street for a fizz tasting evening. The wine experts have selected six of their favourite sparkling wines for you to try on the evening, as they explain the tasting notes and feed you will nibbles and goodies.
Spend the evening eating and drinking with an expert as Neil Deacon talks you through four types of English wine. This is English is a unique supper club taking place at Stepney City Farm; a unique opportunity to learn more about English wines, there will also be a four-course meal produced from local ingredients.
The next time you are in a Nordic country, you’ll be well equipped after this Aquavit masterclass. You’ll be treated to aquavits paired with smorgasbord teasers as their experts talk you through the flavours, history and how its traditionally consumed in Nordic countries – basically everything you want to know.
Set in a stunning studio space overlooking Regents Canal, prepare to learn how to make some delicious cocktails with seriously alternative garnishes. Each drink will be topped off with garnishes made from fruit and veg – making them as beautiful as they are healthy. You’ll even get a recipe card to take home with you.
Get into the spirit of things with London Wine Week, a seven-day celebration that celebrates all things wine. There will be a whole host of events taking place across the city including a huge festival in Hackney as well as a Champagne dinner.
With the sun shining and the nation once again intoxicated with all the Wimbledon madness, head to the Regent's Canal and celebrate the British summer with a tea-themed cocktail masterclass. On the day, guests will be taught how to make the perfect alcoholic cuppa, using milk vodka from the Black Cow spirit brand. If that hasn't piqued your interest, then perhaps the alcoholic scones and gin-infused cream tarts will do the trick. Afternoon tea on the canal has never been so pleasant.
Searcys are widely recognised as a top wine and Champagne bar across London, and this wine week they will be showing off those skills with this unique tour. Taking in six of their gorgeous venues, from atop The Gherkin through to the gorgeous Champagne bar the St Pancras, the evening includes tastings, talks and nibbles at each.
Get into the mood of London Food Month as Lady Ottoline in Holborn puts on a delicious offering. Munch your way through goodies such as scotch eggs, cheese and hams, all washed down with two of their gin and tonics.