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 12th October 2017
Paranormal investigator Jonathan Blazer is inviting you to track down ghosts and ghouls together, while drinking cocktails in cool bars along the way.
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!
Join the Defector's Weld in Shepherd's Bush for a night of beer and comfort food. The traditional pub will be joined by a brewer who will be showing off the best tins from the brand, all while you munch delicious food.
Mastercard's Priceless Cities returns to London this July, hosting a suave Italian feast that couples authentic dishes with complementing wine. The event will take place at Stevie Parle's Palatino restaurant in Clerkenwell. Targetted as a reward for customers, Mastercard users have priority booking and will receive a complimentary drinks package on the night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, you've been to plenty of beer events in London, but have you ever been to one with Biercraft? If you're looking for something new to sup, join them at Nape this November as they bring the best of beer, all set alongside a delicious roster of charcuterie.
From plummy reds to sharp whites, Nape are popping up in Mayfair for a series of charcuterie, wine and discount drink evenings.
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.
The Bridge in Barnes plays host to the latest gin event from Interrupt The Routine this November. Head on down to experience a masterclass in all things juniper as you sup a delicious selection and learn a whole new roster of facts along the way.
Get a true taste of early 1900s Trinidad at this immersive carnival event, with three Angostura cocktails, music, performances, street food and a tropical enclosure live butterfly room last scene in the National History Museum.
Baffled about the world of wine? Join this masterclass at The Wood House as experts teach you how to sniff, swill and spit, to distinguish the flavour.
Taking place on the 37th floor of the Fenchurch building, this winemakers dinner is a completely unique event. Head to the iconic sky garden for an exclusive evening that includes six courses, matched wines and a talky by an expert.
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.
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.
Whiskey is one of the finest drinks in the business, and you're due to learn more about it this month in London. Join #WhiskyWeds for a venture in all things dram as you share at this Teeling Irish Whiskey masterclass.
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.
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.
Wine experts Vagabond Wines are opening their doors to teach you about different varieties of bottles. From Riesling through to Natural Wines from South Africa, join them in various locations across London for a whole host of informative tasting events.
With venues in some of the city's most beautiful locations, including the Gherkin and St Pancras Station, Searcys is one of London's most famous bars. Join them as they celebrate 170 years with Champagne tours, special menus, hampers and plenty more.
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.
With more than 50 years in the business, Piemonte is a renowned Italian wine. Head to Covent Garden Hotel for a three course meal, paired with the brand this November.
Cocktail Embassy have joined forces with the mighty Fever Tree for their upcoming tasting and master class session. Guests will sip on four different pours (each matched with a different tonic), and also be treated to a talk through the humble G&Ts sprawling history.
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.
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.
Looking for a drink event in London with a twist? Brought to you by Tim Layden and East London Liquor Co, Gin-A-Sthesia is an experience like no other as you experience a night of bespoke gin cocktails alongside a roster of sensory experiences.