Cocktail Classes London
Everybody loves a mighty, mixed drink and it's no secret that London has some of very best cocktail bars in the business. Many of these venues also offer fantastic cocktail masterclass packages too, where you're invited to take centre stage in whipping up all sorts of creative concoctions with your mates. We've searched the capital from tip to toe and come up with this list of the best cocktail making classes in London.
Last updated on 14th February 2017
Mixology Studios' cocktail-making class gives small groups of mixers their very own custom-built bars to work with (alongside providing equipment and glassware for each individual) - so there's no waiting around or taking turns here; this is two hours of continuous mixing and tasting! Master the basics before learning more complex techniques. End the day by competing with others to make the best cocktail of the day!
While the forefront of desserts in London, Basement Sate is a broody destination that knows a thing or two about cocktails aswell. With their cocktail classes coming in at just £35 per person, guests can tuck into some of the top tipples in the city, be you a sweet tooth, or hankering for something a bit sharper, you'll be a pro in no time.
Always wanted to learn how to flair your favourite cocktail together? Well, you might be in luck. The Map Maison team are hosting a number of cocktail masterclasses, all revolving around a different spirit. Armed with an arsenal of spirits, fruits and liqueurs, the bartenders will talk you through a number of different techniques and recipes used to create both signature and classic cocktails, offering guests the chance to hone their mixology skills.
For the budding cocktail connoisseur amongst you, the refined masterclass at The Folly is a great option. The botanical theme stretches from the decor to the menu, and with it you will learn an array of fresh cocktails. Learn how to mix and muddle new cocktails with one of the interactive mixology classes. Perfect for office team building, dates, something a little different in London or just a bit of fun.
Bird of Smithfield’s cocktail masterclass is a great way to learn the art of mixology in a relaxed and fun environment. Each guest will learn how to create an extensive array from an expert mixologist of drinks before competing in a shake-off against one another! This is an amazing way to learn a new skill and drink some great cocktails.
These 90 minute masterclasses are an experience in enlightenment, with the best mixers in the business on hand to lend their mad skillz and pass on some top knowledge. Make your two favourite cocktails and sample plenty of foodie goodies alongside at these fun fests.
Offering up a beautiful waterside setting on St. Katharine Docks, with beautiful views of the Tower of London to boot, the Slug & Lettuce hosts fun and informative cocktail classes. Coming in at £25 a head, gather up your colleagues for a quirky office outing or bring some mates along for a special birthday celebration; the Slug also hosts masterclasses from their O2, County Hall, Leicester Square and Wood Street venues.
Not to be confused with a table-tennis games bar, Ping Pong is actually one of Covent Garden’s leading restaurants and bars for dim sum and cocktails. You’ll get started with a welcome cocktail, before your group is split into teams (who doesn’t love a bit of friendly competition?) where you’ll learn to free-pour, create Ping Pong signatures and take in a few tips for creating amazing cocktails of your own back at home.
Jack's bar in Waterloo is a cosy spot, based underneath the railway arches and renowned for offering delicious comfort food treats alongside a selection of crowd-pleasing drinks. With the bar stocked full of craft beers and fine wines, the expert team behind the bar offer guests the chance to try their hand at cocktail flairing, hosting a number of frivolous cocktail masterclasses throughout the week.
With over 500 spirits behind the bar, there's certainly no shortage of ingredients to experiment with here. The expert mixologists at this chic restaurant bar are known for making unique and exotic concoctions and they will definitely not disappoint. Come for the masterclass, stay for the delicious Indian food and the irresistibly vibrant late-night atmosphere.
Pay homage to Enid Blyton's Famous Five' novel and take part in a thrilling a cocktail and dinner pairing class that's sure to leave you smiling. With a night dedicated to Pinkster Gin in March and an equally intriguing Havana Club evening on offer in April, guests will be able to enjoy a delicious selection of dishes, where every ingredient has been selected to match the potent cocktails on offer. Think Black Forrest Moose served alongside Mai Thai.
Majestic. That's the word that instantly springs to mind when asked to describe The Fable's cocktails. The venue's expert in-house bartenders will be on hand to guide you through the construction of their tasty tipples, and the friendly staff are happy to tailor their classes to suit the wants and needs of each individual group. Perfect for a customised birthday celebration in London.
A tiki-inspired den of central London cavorting, Kanaloa is also known for the quality of its cocktail class bundle. It’s £29.95 a head, or you can add a two or three course meal to your package if you’d like. Enjoy a welcome drink, a sharing platter between four and you’ll spend your time making two of your favourite classic cocktails in a fun and welcoming environment.
Beaufort House’s masterful bartenders will teach you the tricks of the trade in their refined cocktail masterclasses. They’ll teach you through the history of the spirits you’re using, before letting you lose behind the bar to create their exquisite concoctions for yourself.
Looking for an affordable cocktail class in Clapham? A place where the drinks are just as delicious as the prices? Then we've just the event. Join Clapham's Aquum as they invite friends, hen nights and more to join them in not only learning how to make cocktails, but drinking the delicious treats for themselves.
Where better to learn how to make sumptuous cocktails than at the super sleek NYC hideout, Dirty Martini Covent Garden? Offering a range of Hen Party packages; for just £55 you can become a mixologist pro, enjoy a three course meal and pick the brains of your very own private bartender!
Notoriously playful and always excelling in their craft, here's your chance to learn how to play the Be At One way. Your 90-minute session covers all kinds of history, shaking, making and tasting, with plenty of games to enjoy along the way. It's £25 a head and designed for groups of six or more, and there's classes to be enjoyed Shoreditch, Clapham and Farringdon if Covent Garden doesn't suit.
Head to this Bishopsgate bar to learn about the history and origins of your favourite spirits before making them into delicious cocktails at your very own mixology table. You'll learn the tricks of the trade from The Drift's expert in-house mixologists and with cocktails like 'Goldfish in a Bag' and 'Rub a Dub Shrub' on the menu, you can bet that it's going to be exciting.
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. Using ingredients bought from the nearby Borough Market, the fruit, spice and spirit infused drinks are well worth a taste if you consider yourself something of a connoisseur.
JuJu's cocktails are out of this world. How else are we to explain the fact that they've won Best Late Night Bar, Best for Mixology and Best Bar in the past few years? Amateurs, budding bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts are invited to try their hand at mixing up a storm at one of JuJu's cocktail classes. Once you've shaken and stirred your way through the class, sip on your liquid creations in an elegant and classy environment.
A six-floored party palace in a bulls-eye central location, who knew Piccadilly Institute also held one of the best cocktail classes in the West End? These guys get you started with a welcome drink, before teaching you all of the tricks of the trade for two of your favourite classic cocktails. There’s a sharing platter for every fourth guest, and a couple of shots during all those fun and games.
Book yourself in for a masterclass at The London Cocktail Club and you will be learning from the very best concoction crafters in the capital. This basement bar serves up some truly delicious and interesting cocktails like the flaming Brixton Riot and the very popular Porn Star Martini. The owners, JJ and James, are mentored by Raymond Blanc and Sam and Eddie Hart of Quo Vadis so they serve up some great food alongside the cocktails - certainly a good mix to learn cocktail making from.
Looking for a cocktail making class in London with a dated and delicious difference? Why not head on down to the vintage wonder of The Bootlegger as their educated mixologists can promise a unique insight into the art of cocktail making.
A cocktail masterclass at Zebrano Soho is aimed at those who like a laugh, and also those who have a competitive streak to them! You’ll learn the tricks of the trade from one of the venue’s seriously talented bartenders, and you’ll also come up against everybody else as you battle to make the best concoction. They also run the classes at sister bar Zebrano Carnaby too!
Learn to make some beaut cocktails, then belt out your favourite guilty pleasure anthems while you’re drinking them. Soho’s dedicated karaoke bar bring their top drawer bartenders out to demonstrate a few of your favourite classics before it’s over to your private booth for an hour of karaoke-fuelled antics. Tickets come in at £30, £45 or £45 for different packages.
Effortlessly cool and offering a unique concept to its patrons, The Studio also offers a fantastic masterclass package. The sessions are run by industry leading bartenders, who teach you the tricks of the trade as you learn how to master 2 or 3 of your chosen favourite cocktails. You’ll be learning all about the spirits and concoctions involved, and there’s awesome banter to be had with your teacher all along the way.
Bird is a stunning, 5-storey Georgian townhouse affording great views of Smithfield Market from its suntrap roof terrace. Inside, the venue is one of the best for private hire in London, with popular cocktail masterclass sessions bookable. Rally up some mates and head for a relaxed and fun workshop, where you’ll learn about Bird’s signature serves and some of the classics.
Delve into the textured tastes of several drinks with Voltaire’s Cocktail Masterclass. Each date focuses on a different spirit, moving from bourbon to gin to rum, with two interactive cocktail making sessions in each. You’ll be greeted with a drinks reception and, after the class, you’ll be given recipes for each cocktail to practice at home.
The Met Bar invites you behind the bar to try your hand at one of their Cocktail Masterclasses. Got a penchant for a particular spirit? You'll want one of their spirit-specific packages, otherwise choose the 'Met Experience', which allows you to recreate the cocktails from quite frankly delightful Met Bar cocktail list. Packages are priced between £30-£55 per person.
This Piccadilly social hub offers you an exclusive masterclass experience that can be teamed with a three-course meal for just £33 per person. Coming with a welcome drink, the chance to make two of your fave cocktails and a sharing platter for every fourth guest, there’s a couple of shots to help wash everything down with too.
West End favourite Loop offers a standard cocktail class package at £29.95 per head, and you could add either a two or three-course meal to your plans if you so choose. A welcome drink gets you settled, you’ll make two of your favourite cocktails and there’s a sharing platter for every four guests.
Megaro is a basement bar in Kings Cross that's created a reputation for itself thanks to its stunning cocktail menu and quirky decor. The venue's expert mixologists have really let their creative side shine, curating a menu of signature creations and spirit infusion. Imparting their vast knowledge, the team behind the bar will also host a number of frivolous cocktail making classes, perfect for group nights out and those special occasions.
Ninetyeight bar offers up one of the best classes in Shoreditch. A striking venue characterised by its crazy mix of toys, sweets quirky décor and even lickable flavoured wax candles; the lively back room can be hired out for 30-50 people so it's great for parties and private events. Ninetyeight has its own cocktail making classes studio, perfect for a chilled out session with your nearest and dearest.
Tea time just got a whole lot more fun as this Mar-tea-ni masterclass teaches you how to whip up a selection of delicious drinks.Taking place in a secret location, the class kicks off with a cocktail from a professional before you're handed pure milk vodka and flavoured teas to make your own concoctions.