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 16th November 2017
Fever-Tree is bringing London a gin-filled pop-up this Christmas. As well as creating your own blend of spirit, the event will teach you how to whip up a mean G&T, along with filling you up on gin goodies.
The chipper team at Brewhouse in Islington are showing off their wonderful homemade beers in the only way they know how - by hosting a fun masterclass. With an expert beer making leading the session, guests will have a chance to try 8 different creations, all poured directly from the venue's tanks and all learn about the complex making process behind each pint.
Mezcal fans, this event is for you, as you sample four rare mezcals straight from Mexico. Then you’ll enjoy delicious tacos washed with beer or wine, and a mezcal cocktail.
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.
Perfect for any self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs, the Brewhouse and Kitchen in Islington is hosting a fun beer-making and tasting session. To really test your ability, the team behind this venue will show guests just how much mixing, mashing and boiling goes into creating each pint of craft beer. Guests will also be given a delicious breakfast and lunch, as well as enjoy a great tasting and Q&A session with the head brewer.
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.
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.
Join the team at the WineBarn for their annual London wine tasting experience. Sample some of Germany's finest wines and meet the winemakers themselves.
From cocktail making to cocktail tasting, T.T. Liquor brings some of the best drinks events in London to Kingsland Road this winter.
As well as learning how to blend your own whisky, this pop-up experience will be full of delicious Chivas tastings.
Sample the finest of English sparkling wine, as Nyetimber talks you through the taste of five spectacular English sparkling wines, alongside a selection of Club Zetter snacks.
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.
Having once been the world capital of brewing, London has a long history when it comes to beer production. Learn all about this and more with a walking tour led by beer expert Des De Moor. The tour will begin on the edge of the City of London before moving across the Thames. Guests will be led to a handful of world heritage sites- such as The Globe and London Bridge - where some of London's most iconic brews were created and perfected.
Celebrate the start of the festive season with Oblix Tanqueray at their Treehouse, as you party into the night in a fairy light-filled venue looking down at London below – with a complimentary cocktail and bar canapes.
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.
Combine fine wine with delicious food at this supper club in Clapham. Billy and Jack have been storming the capital with their foodie events and this one is paired with Dvine Cellars, so you know both the food and wine will be top notch.
Located in Clapham, Powder Keg is a quirky and gorgeous venue to spend an evening; join them for Mondays as they kick off your week with a tour of various tipples, from rum through to gin.
Learn how to make the perfect Old Fashioned, sample Bulleit whiskey and get into the Thanksgiving spirit with this masterclass in Battersea.
Taste your way through the flavours of New Zealand’s magnificent wines at this wine tasting event, with over 450 different Kiwi wines from regions all over the country. Complimenting the wines are Antipodean canapes too.
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.
From plummy reds to sharp whites, Nape are popping up in Mayfair for a series of charcuterie, wine and discount drink evenings.
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.
Sitting in the shadow of Bucking Palace, the Eaton Square Cocktail Bar is going all out this Autumn, hosting a number of cocktail and spirit master classes designed to turn all novice drinkers into self-proclaimed connoisseurs. Featuring luxury brands like Remy Martin, there are few better ways to celebrate your love of booze than at one of these great events.
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.
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!
Head over to Cafe Chula in Camden to hone your tequila and mezcal skills. Held every Monday and Tuesday, their masterclasses will teach you more about the good stuff, dole out the tasters and whip up cocktails.