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Everything You Need To Know About London Cocktail Week 2018

Get clued up on how to make the most of the biggest celebration of cocktail culture in the world.

London Cocktail Week is the biggest celebration of cocktail culture anywhere in the world!

It’s a time when the very best bars in the city throw open their doors, shake like their lives depend on it and welcome you in to show their appreciation of you – their guests!
Each bar creates one or two Festival Serves (priced at £6 or £4 for non-alcoholic) which they think best represents their bar… a drink that shows their creativity, their team’s personalities, and their passion for cocktail culture. You can check each bar’s drink on their listing online or on the free DrinkUp.London app – which lets you search for either a specific spirit or flavour as well as the type of bar, the area or the time of day that you’re visiting.

We hope you’ll take this chance to try somewhere new and taste something different… This is all about discovery!

With 300 bars on the list this year – each one cherry picked by the DrinkUp.London team and vetted for quality (not only of drinks, but also staff, décor, loo’s – you name it…) that’s 300 different drinks to try. And while we don’t suggest you attempt it - it certainly makes that Festival Pass worth its weight…

If you think you might manage just two cocktails over the course of the week – well - you’re quid’s in!

So… if you like London, you like cocktails and you like… weeks (?!) then this is pretty much the best one out of the 52.

The Cocktail Tours run from Monday 01 October to Sunday 07 October during each bar’s usual opening hours – where participating venues will be serving £6 cocktails or £4 non-alc options for those with a Festival Pass. Participating venues are visible via the red LCW flag on the DrinkUp.London website.


We also build a village full of cocktails – so if you’re one of those people that need to be at the newest, latest, bestest pop-ups – then this is the bit of the festival for you… If you’ve been before – please take note – we’ve moved…
We’ve gone a whole host bigger, so we can fit more of you in and we don’t have to be strict on the entry policy, which means entry is now INCLUDED within your Festival Pass. That same tenner you’ve just spent for those 300 bars also get’s you inside the biggest ever Cocktail Village.

With three distinct spaces starting from the Back Yard Market, moving through into Brick Lane Yard and culminating in The Boiler House – this is brand new, jam-packed space is going to be… FUN!

One other change to note is we’re not opening until Wednesday 03 October. While we fully salute those die-hard cocktail enthusiasts that will happily join us early week – you know what – we thought we’d open with a bang and with more space and a new, later license (11pm last orders – like a grown up!) we can’t wait to welcome you to our new home!
There’ll be over forty different cocktail experiences to discover across the three spaces. This year we’ve also added in VIP queue jump (because – for some people – that takes the stress away) plus some organised fun for those that are coming in a larger group.

Each bar will have at least one drink at festival prices (so that’s £6) though they might have some super duper special options at a slightly higher price point…
So that’s at least 40 different drinks to try. All for that same tenner… 
Basically – we’ve done loads of learning and growing and trying to accommodate all the feedback over all the years – because ultimately – this festival is for YOU!

The Cocktail Village
Brick Lane (entry via Back Yard Market)
FREE ENTRY with your Festival Pass (can be purchased on the door).

Wednesday 03 October 12pm-11pm
Thursday 04 October 12pm-11pm
Friday 05 October 12pm-11pm
Saturday 06 October 12pm-11pm
Sunday 07 October 12pm-7pm

And to download the FREE DrinkUp.London app - just scan or click this...