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 22nd July 2019

Merchant House

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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.

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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.

@ The Harrison on Friday 25th October 2019 and 3 other dates

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.

All Things Rosé

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Sometimes you've just gotta stop and smell the rosé, and taste them all too as pubs in London are on a mission to do. Head on down to one of the partaking pubs this summer and you'll get to sample a number of refreshing wines along with tasty canapes. 

Humble Grape's wine events are bridging the gap between makers and drinkers with their fun, quirky workshops. From taste bud testing to wine maker and tapas nights, to exploring the flavours of Germanic wines, there's something for everyone to explore. 

@ The Chocolate Cocktail Club on Various dates from Wednesday 24th July 2019

This quirky pop-up is creating marvellous inventions from everyone's favourite sweet treat. From chocolate cocktails to the wines and beers, to the signature Chocolate Chocotini, there's plenty to sink your teeth into. 

Juno Rooms

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Get your drink on as the charming Juno Rooms brings you masterclasses, foraging dinners and more from some of the best gin brands in the biz. Expect delicious drinks with the food to match, right in the heart of the City.

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.

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.

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.

@ The Espresso Martini Society on Friday 26th July 2019 and 5 other dates

Head to Soho this summer where the Espresso Martini Society will be back with twenty new season-inspired sips for you to get stuck into. From boozy shakes to frozen cocktails you'll be treated to some of the most innovative takes on the classic tipple at this quirky pop up bar.

From sparkling wines from Chapel Down to tequila with Patrón and gin with Tanqueray, this series of booze-fuelled masterclasses is bringing all kinds of spirits to Reverend JW Simpson. Learn all about your favourite booze and taste your way through cocktails and samples.

@ The Old Crown Public House on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2019

Head to New Oxford Street where this unique event from Sainsbury's is bringing you a pop-up bar with a difference. Enjoy a delicious selection of booze-free cocktails and low ABV beers, alongside snacks and drinks tasting workshops that won't leave you woozy headed the next morning.

@ HALF HITCH Micro-Distillery on Various dates from Monday 22nd July 2019

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.

The Hide Bar

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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. 

@ Geffrye Museum of the Home on Sat, 27th Jul 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

This summer, Hackney Brewery is turning 8 and they've teamed up with the Geffrye Museum of the Home to throw an awesome celebration. Expect an evening of talks, workshops and delicious food and drink from a few of the brewery's best mates. 

For the chance to really get to grips with your favourite caffeinated beverage, this unique masterclass will be bestowing on you the secrets of the bean, from history to crafting the perfect home brew.

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 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.

@ Juno Rooms on Wed, 7th Aug 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00

One of the best drinks tastings in London this August, head to Juno Rooms where they'll be talking all about Suntory gin with brand ambassador James Bowker. Enjoy a Japanese journey through three unique cocktails, and learn more about the country's culture and views of hospitality.

From sparkling wine sessions to tastings led by luxury brands like Veuve Clicquot, Searcys has got quite the lineup in store. Head to King's Cross where the high-class wine bar is pairing exclusive sips with bespoke food pairing menus.

Sip on some of the finest Scotch and world whiskies at these relaxed and interactive whisky tasting events. Popping up at restaurants, bars and members' clubs all over London, whisky expert and Firecrown founder James is on hand to guide you through his drinks cabinet, sharing the stories of a selection of drams.

  Camden Town Brewery Tour

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@ Camden Town Brewery on Various dates from Wednesday 24th July 2019

Venture below the railway arches of Camden and you'll find Camden Town Brewery, the home of Hells. If you fancy finding out how all the magic is made, venture inside and experience a unique tour around the site, with plenty of delicious samples along the way. 

It's all about gin at this quirky masterclass. Located in Hackney's Martello Hall and two South London bars, 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.

The Frog - Hoxton

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Teaming up with some of the country's most exciting micro-breweries, this unique series of supper clubs is giving you the chance to taste test some excellent beers alongside a few of The Frog's iconic plates of food.

@ 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.