One-off tipples, immense tasting experiences and an unmissable collaboration – Cocktails in the City just upped its game.
It’s back. Cocktails in the City returns to Leeds Town Hall on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2020 and you absolutely have to be there. This year, alongside signature serves from the city’s finest mixologists, they’ve lined up a spectacular array of tasting experiences that will bamboozle your senses. But that’s not all – see if you can escape the Victorian cells in a new locked-in game, tap your toes to music in their secret clubs and devour platefuls of street food.
Sup one-off cocktails made by the city’s finest
For two nights only, 20 of the best bars in Leeds will come together to serve a lip-smacking array of one-off cocktails. You can try the wares of mixology heavyweights like Roland’s, Tattu and The Maven. Every cocktail is a one-off, they’re completely unique, never-tried-before concoctions, so you’re in for a real treat. Try Blackhouse’s The Flower Sour, which combines Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, lychee liqueur, rose and jasmine tea syrup and Peychaud’s bitters to make a wonderfully sharp and sweet cocktail you won’t want to miss.
Expand your horizons with their special guest bars
Grantley Hall is the first Yorkshire hotel to be named in the World’s Best New Luxury Hotels list – and they’re coming to Cocktails in the City. They’re bringing Norton Bar & Courtyard and EightyEight to the main stage to serve a menu of unforgettable cocktails. Try The Lucky Peach, a tantalising mix of Peach Ciroc, Cacao Blanc, peach syrup and Akashi Tai Yuzushu. Meanwhile, over at the Stylist Loves Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar, you can enjoy champagne cocktails by the city’s leading female bartenders. Hannah Poulter’s Spring is Coming is a revelation – it combines Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée, red berries, lavender, grenadine and fresh lemon.
Take part in one-off cocktail experiences
There’s much more to Cocktails in the City than just the bars. Harvey Nichols will create their very own Après Ski Lodge just off the main floor. You can enjoy one-off tipples in a bar decked out with faux-brick fireplaces, comfy sofas and ski chalet paraphernalia. If you love bespoke spirits, make a beeline for Jake’s Bar & Still Room. They’re setting up a distiller’s table to show you how they make their famous spirits before you try one-off creations like their cold brew and coffee spirits.
Set off on unique tasting journeys
The Tasting Rooms are back once again with two 15-minute sessions. Blind Tyger has partnered with acclaimed British rum Neptune – prepare to learn all about their spirits as you sup a one-off cocktail. Then it’s over to Poison Cocktail Lounge where you’ll get a unique insight into the cocktail making process with Limestone Branch Bourbon Distillery. Alternatively, why not head to The Liquor Studio to make your own bespoke gin? The geniuses at Leeds’ first gin school and drinks lab will guide you through the process and you’ll get a 50ml bottle to take home.
Enjoy live entertainment as you drink
The Domino Club is the city’s worst kept secret, a cool underground jazz bar that serves a menu of weird and wonderful cocktails, so it’s fitting that they’ve joined the line-up for Cocktails in the City 2020. They’ll have two bands on across the weekend, including Sontuno, who will get you moving and grooving to their hip-shaking Cuban sounds. It’s not just music. You can win free drinks by unlocking The Escape Room’s games in the Victorian cells or show off your best moves at the Silent Disco from Jake’s Bar.
Tuck into tasty food from local favourites
You won’t be going hungry at Cocktails in the City, oh no. They’ve got two of the city’s finest eateries on hand to provide you with all the tasty eats you’ll need. House of Fu are bringing their Japanese street food to Leeds Town Hall, so get ready to try an array of delicious gyozas. El Gato Negro will be there too. They’re serving Spanish small plates like Jamon Serrano with celeriac remoulade and Ibèrico Chorizo with caperberries.
Hurry, get your tickets before they sell out!
This year, they’ve gone all out to make Cocktails in the City bigger and better than ever before, but if you want to indulge in a spectacular array of never-before-tried concoctions, you’ll have to be quick because tickets are selling out fast. At just £6.50, they’re an absolute bargain, but if you want to go all out, upgrade your ticket and try their exclusive welcome cocktail!