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 24th February 2017
Beat those January blues with this quirky and fun cocktail class; taking place in a secret location in North London, you will be taught how to make two delicious tipples before you are allowed to let rip with the edible glitter, flowers and sequins. Canapes are also up to you to construct and there will be plenty of bubbly and pop corn to keep you sustained.
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 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.
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.
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.
Journey into the City of London and take part in a fact-heavy whisky tasting session hosted by the team at Demon, Wise and Partner. With a brand ambassador in charge of proceedings, guests will be able to sample the latest blends created by the renowned distillery, alongside learning all about the complex distilling process and history behind each dram.
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.
Based in Central London and pushing every convention it faces, the Smith and Sinclair teams latest pop up bar, The Flavour Room, takes cocktail making to a completely different level. Teaming up with Tanqueray Gin, the venue features an experimental garnish bar, where cocktails are deconstructed and then turned into exciting new culinary treats. Expect daring flavours and quirky creations at this London drinks event.
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.
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.
Learn how to make the three best Whiskey cocktails in the world – the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Jameson Julep – with the help of an expert barman at The Wood House. Explore the depths of flavours and the subtlety of each drink and leave with a Jameson Copper cup, Chivas12 miniature & a recipe card.
Bourbon & Butchery is not just the opportunity to taste some of the finest American whiskeys available, but also the chance to get involved in some butchery with a professional butcher. They will show you where each cut comes from and what to look for to get the best quality cut when you’re buying. Then it ends with a meat-focused food and drink pairing – perfect!
Head to the Larder in North London's Wanstead and enjoy a beer tasting session delivered by the masterminds behind Elb beers. Brewers Dave Rathbourne and Hannah Davidson will be leading the proceedings during the night, educating guests about the complex brewing process behind each drink and discussing the history of the brewery. Guests will crucially have the chance to sample all of the Elb breweries most exotic flavours and quirky creations.
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.
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.
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.
Diciannove Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in London's Blackfriars area are hosting a stylish drinks tasting that revolves around the finest Italian wines and proseccos. To accompany each glass, the chefs have created a menu of Italian small plates, including fresh calamari, cheeses and crispy zucchini. Perfect for both newcomers and experienced wine drinks, this March event is well-worth checking out.