One of Shoreditch's most unique experiences is not just banging you up behind bars; Alcotraz also offers cocktail classes every Tuesday. Head along to the immersive bar to don orange jumpsuits and be taught by Inmate #88 on how to make three different tipples.
London's Best Cocktail Classes
Who doesn't love something mixed, muddled and shaken by a pro? From margaritas and mojitos through to sex on the beaches and sazaracs, London's cocktail bars know how to make them all - and now, they're letting you in on their secrets. Whether it's a hen party or a date night with a difference, we've rounded up the best cocktail classes in London, all of which will let you slurp your way to a new skill.
T.T Liquor's 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, all before going head to head to be crowned the best.
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.
The Piano Works West End may be a place to dance all night to their amazing live music, but they've got more tricks up their sleeves. Get behind the bar with their staff and get to making some of their diverse and expertly made cocktails yourself.
While the forefront of desserts in London, Basement Sate is a broody destination that knows a thing or two about drinks as well. 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.
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 -perfect for office team building, dates, something a little different in London or just a bit of fun.
Hidden in the depths of Mayfair, Purl isn't just a sexy spot for a date night, this cocktail bar is dedicated to the art of mixology. Held at your request, the cocktail classes cover how different ingredients simulate your senses, before having a go at knocking up three different libations.
Shake up your very own cocktails and tuck into a mouthwatering afternoon tea spread as this Kingsland Road hangout invites you to this boozy masterclass. Not only will you be able to soak up complimentary cocktails and a tapas-inspired feast, but you'll also be able to make two drinks.
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 list of signature creations and spirit infusion - check into one of their cocktail classes to learn the tricks of the trade.
Bird is a stunning, five-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.
Get an inside look at Merchant House's enormous whisky collection, all while learning how to mix the perfect whisky cocktail. The bar's connoisseurs will talk you through the secrets of each creation's production as you sip your way through 5 handpicked classics.
Sultry Soho cocktail bar Opium will be opening its doors every other Thursday for an exclusive cocktail masterclass. Not only will guests get a little bit of insider knowledge from the bar's expert mixologists, but they'll get to taste plenty of cocktails along the way.
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.
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!
Known for some serious beautiful locations, Albion & East are purveyors of home brew and cracking pizza. Join them at one of their bars, including Serata Hall, Martello Hall and Cattivo, for a range of gin-filled masterclasses.
You come to Sway to dance till the early hours, or for some pizzas in their cool restaurant, but they've got another trick up their sleeve: devilishly creative cocktails. Learn how to make them with their master mixologists and you'll have a spectacular time.
Taking place every Thursday in Soho, Zebrano's cocktail class is here to get your weekend started early. Things get off to a good start with a welcome glass of prosecco, before you and taught the history of some classic concoctions, which you will then have a go at making yourself.
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.
The Hide Bar is a slick subterranean bar that is all about crafting something delicious, whether that be British plates or their list of inventive drinks. Check out their cocktail library and then have a go behind the bar as the team show you how to mix several classic recipes, all using ingredients from nearby Borough Market.
Named as one of the best bars in the UK, Homeboy's masterclass brings you an insight into how these masters of the craft do their thing, from whipping up classic cocktails, to trying something a little more out there.
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.
Learn how to whip up some of the best cocktails in the city with this fun masterclass from TwoRuba. With two cocktails per person alongside a selection of nibbles, it's a perfect way to get any party started.
Beaufort House's masterful bartenders will teach you the tricks of the trade in their refined cocktail masterclasses. They'll take you through the history of the spirits you're using, before letting you loose behind the bar to create their exquisite concoctions for yourself.
Temperatures are plummeting, but the only way is up as Skylight is playing host to a number of excellent drinks events this season. Head over to the rooftop haunt and you'll learn how to mix your own stunning cocktail creations alongside unbeatable views to enjoy them with.
Already one of the city's finest Italian eateries, Union Street Cafe also knows a thing or two about knocking up a stiff drink. Head down for their cocktail masterclass where the expert bar staff will show you how to shake up a classic concoction, as well as one of their signature sips.
Learn to make some beaut cocktails, then belt out your favourite guilty pleasure anthems while you're drinking them. London'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.
While Lockhouse may be a bar known for their craft beer and their award-winning burgers, that doesn't mean they don't know a thing or two when it comes to their cocktails. Join them for a masterclass and learn from some of the best in the business in a cool, industrial setting.
Dim sum and cocktails are what Ping Pong have perfected over the years, so their masterclasses are sure to give you plenty of insight and expert knowledge. Head on down to Ping Pong in Shepherd's Bush, Covent Garden and St Katharine's Docks to learn all about creating expert mixes, and your own personalised creations at these fun sessions.
Ever fancied stirring up some illicit liquor? Head down to Houndsditch every Tuesday where the Moonshine Saloon will be showing you how to make your very own moonshine. Join some of the finest bottleslingers in The City as they show you how to mix up the hard stuff with the best of them.
This tiki paradise in the heart of Angel is not only a gorgeous tropical hideaway, but its first floor is also home to the fun and interactive rum masterclasses. Gain some valuable insight on the drink itself and learn how to spice your own rum, then enjoy a tipple or two from the bar downstairs.
Cabana Bar and Grill are putting on a brilliant masterclass and street food-filled afternoon that'll have you shaking up a storm, shimmying to carnival-themed party tunes and chowing down on Rio-inspired street food that'll take you on a taste journey to the beaches of Brazil.
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.
Fancy learning how to make your own cocktails? Head north of the river where Duo is hosting the ultimate class that'll have you mixing and muddling your very own concoctions. Whether you're doing it for the drinks or for The Gram, you won't want to miss this.
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 offer guests the chance to try their hand at cocktail flairing, hosting a number of cocktail masterclasses throughout the week.