This October, the city’s best and most beloved cocktail bars will come together for a new festival that promises tastings, masterclasses and much more besides…
The Cocktail Experience is a new festival, coming to Leeds for the first time on Friday 14th October 2016. You’ll be able to enjoy a host of hand-crafted tipples on the day, with many of your favourite bars in attendance, including the likes of The Alchemist, Revolución de Cuba and The Hedonist Project.
The new cocktail festival will take place at Aspire, with different rooms dedicated to different experiences – that is, after all, the name of the game. Downstairs, you’ll find a maze of bars – you might want to do a preliminary lap before you order a drink, because each bar will be bringing their own, original cocktail on the day, giving you a chance to try something new.
They’ve matched up 13 bars with 13 premium spirits. So you can expect to see The Maven teaming up with Tanqueray 10 to make something very special indeed, while The Alchemist are having their wicked way with Ketel One and Revolución de Cuba will be working with Bacardi to make a tantalising rum-based cocktail for you to indulge in. And that’s just a taste of what they’ve got lined up for you on the day.
Upstairs, it’s a very different experience. They’ve created dedicated spaces for tastings and masterclasses here, so expect to wrap your lips around the best that Johnnie Walker has to offer, as well as David Beckham’s new Haig Club single grain whiskey. It really is a who’s who of the spirit world, mixed up into some very tasty concoctions.
The Cocktail Experience is the brainchild of Hairy Lemon and Pink Gorilla. After years planning and promoting events for their clients, they decided to do one for themselves.
“After years of creating, promoting and hosting some of the biggest and best events in the city and beyond, we decided it was our turn to take centre-stage,” Jordan Odu, Director of Pink Gorilla, told us. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best that Leeds has to offer by throwing one amazing party!’’
Tickets are £15 and that gets you two cocktails along with entry to the event. Want something a little more extravagant? No problem. Their VIP tickets are priced at £25 and include a welcome reception drink, two cocktails and entry to their Grey Goose VIP room. Even better, all cocktails on the night are just £5 a pop, which means you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
The Cocktail Experience will take place on Friday 14th October 2016 at Aspire.