London Cocktail Week 2014 runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th October. There are LOTS of things happening, including over 20 pop-up cocktail bars running for the duration, mainly focussed around Seven Dials (near Covent Garden) and Shoreditch, plus one on the King's Road, and one in London Bridge - full list here. Rather than try to list al of the events I've created a map for all of the bars - see below.
You'll need to start at one of the hubs (in green) first to get a wristband (or buy one here) - and then explore as many bars as you can after that. Happy Hunting!
See the map here
To see on a mobile, please download the 'Google My Maps' app from the iTunes or Google app stores. It's a pain, I know - Google keep changing how maps work - but once you've downloaded the app it should work like a dream!
Here are some personal picks:
On Monkey’s Shoulder - The Cowbell - Seven Dials
When - 6th - 12th October
Where - 9 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AT
""The Monkey Shoulder team is proud to announce The Cowbell as the winning team of the Ultimate Bartender Competition! The Cowbell run by the three member team Stuart Bale, Abigali Clephane and Ervin W Trykowski, won the competition by 15 votes and with it a pop-up at London Cocktail Week supported by Monkey Shoulder. Their concept bar took inspiration from the well-known SNL skit 'More Cowbell' including Christopher Walken and displayed hanging cowbells, pallet built tables, festoon lighting, strobe lights and the featured music was an eclectic mix of house, techno and classic 80's hits. Dressed head to toe in tie-dye aprons the team pulled out all the stops with the fastest service and a creative scotch cocktail list"
Link - The Cowbell
Angostura Butterfly House - Shoreditch
When - 9th - 12th October
Where - 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY
"When the butterflies dance, the sugar cane is ready for harvesting. An array of butterflies will be dancing to the tune of Trinidad’s legendary rum and bitters in a specially created tropical garden for London Cocktail Week.
Take a laid-back stroll through the plantation, press your own sugar cane juice and let Mike Tomasic and a team of bartenders send you fluttering into the night."
Link - Angostura Butterfly House
Cuervo’s Hacienda At The Hoxton Hotel - Shoreditch
When - 6th - 12th October
Where - The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU
"Cuervo’s Hacienda will transform the hotel’s atrium space into the courtyard of the famous Cuervo’s Hacienda, complete with fresh fruits, herbs & spices and mini Agave plants. Forget shots, Cuervo’s Hacienda is all about tequila cocktails; proving that Margaritas aren’t just for summer, Cuervo’s Hacienda will serve new seasonal margaritas. Cuervo’s Hacienda will also bring London Cocktail Week to an end in true Mexican style with a closing fiesta on Saturday 11th October."
Link - Cuervo's Hacienda
Link - London Cocktail Week, including full listing
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