One-off tipples, immense tasting experiences and an unmissable collaboration – Cocktails in the City just upped their game.
It’s back. Cocktails in the City returns to Leeds Town Hall from Friday 1st to Saturday 2nd March 2019 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, so call your mates, get it in the diary and make the most of our exclusive ticket offer.
1. Sup one-off cocktails in a cool setting
This March, sixteen of the best bars in the city will come together to serve a lip-smacking array of one-off cocktails. Mixology heavyweights Lost & Found, Below Stairs and Smokestack have already signed up, so you can expect a string of wild concoctions, like Angelica’s Spring Thaw, which promises a mix of London No.3 Gin, rosé vermouth, ginger ale topped with rhubarb and ginger foam.
2. Combine fine food and high-end spirits
For the first time ever, Vice & Virtue will bring their unique food and drink pairings to Cocktails in the City. You’ll get a shot of Bacardi 8, a Le Sinergia cocktail and a smorgasbord of artisan produce, as you embark on a culinary adventure to learn about your own palate and the unique flavour combinations that will set your world on fire.
3. Set off on a unique tasting journey
Back for their second year, the Tasting Rooms will take you on a journey of discovery. It’s a magical mystery tour made up of three tasting chambers – a different experience awaits in each one and you won’t know exactly what you’re going to get until you step inside. This is your chance to try a series of rare and unusual spirits, as they tell you how they’re made.
4. Choose your own adventure in a glass
Remember those choose your own adventure books you read when you were a kid? Well, now there’s a grown-up version and it ends with a cocktail. Below Stairs will welcome you to their very own story time and you can choose your fate – every decision you make will help to build your cocktails, so by the time you reach ‘The End’ you’ll have your very own adventure in a glass.
5. Pick your botanicals from a living wall
You’re going to love this. The team behind Dough in the City has planted a living wall in Leeds Town Hall and turned it into a unique gin tasting experience. Rosemary, thyme, basil – you can pick ’em and turn them into your dream tipple. Just take your herbs to the bar and watch as they flash infuse your gin with a CO2 canister, then whip you up a special Tom Collins.
6. Do fine dining in the crypt
The city’s most famous chefs have joined forces to create a one-off dining experience. Head down into the atmospheric crypt where you’ll find Matt Healy and Luke Downing locked in a scrumptious embrace. One is famed for his unique twists on the classics, the other for his unexpected pairings, so expect an unparalleled menu of culinary delights.
7. Watch live jazz artists as you drink
The Domino Club is the city’s worst kept secret. This hidden jazz bar brings a constant procession of top class acts to the stage, and this year, you can enjoy the same experience at Cocktails in the City. But it’s not just the music that will tempt you into their secret antechamber, they’re serving a menu of Smokehead Whiskey cocktails to keep you liquored up.
8. Make your own Instagrammable cocktails
Want to wow your mates with an eye-popping Instagram post? Then you’re in luck, because the ever-so-creative mixologists at Manahatta are inviting you to go down the rabbit hole with them. You’ll delve into a world of wild imagination as they teach you how to make the most snap-worthy cocktails – prepare to dip, sprinkle and spray your way to Instagram fame.
9. Save on tickets with our exclusive offer
We’ve got 50 tickets for sale at an exclusive discounted price, so if you’re quick, you can save £3.50 a pop. And just to remind you, your ticket gets you one free drinks token that can be used at any of their pop-up bars. To get the deal, add general entry tickets to your basket and enter the promo code LEEDSLIST at the checkout.