Tuesday 25 September 2018

A Map of all the Pop-ups for London Cocktail Week October 2018

London Cocktail Week (LCW) takes place from Monday 1st - Sunday 7th October 2018 all around London.  As in previous years, I've created a map of all of the pop-ups and bar takeovers (blue ones are open for 3 days or more, purple is for shorter than that).

The Cocktail Village is this year at The Boiler House, at 152 Brick Lane, and will be open from Weds 3rd - Sun 7th with lots of bars to explore.  Entry is via a £10 pass that you can buy on the LWC site here.

This pass also gets you a special selection of £6 cocktails in bars across London - full list here - from 1st - 7th October.

On to the pop-ups and bar takeovers.  By my reckoning there are 18 of these, 9 open for 3 days or more, and 9 open for less time than that, many just for Tuesday 2nd October.

Here are some of my picks:

Broken Shaker at Madison in One New Change - Tues 2nd-Fri 5th Oct - Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF
"Award-winning Broken Shaker has taken Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York by storm and now, for the first time, Miami’s tropical hotspot is bringing its eclectic spirit to London for an exclusive pop-up at Madison London from Tuesday 2nd October – Friday 5th October.
Equipped with a bespoke drinks menu from Bobby Eldridge, The Broken Shaker’s very own cocktail connoisseur, and Miami’s top female bartender Courtney Lane to assist , Madison will be shaken up to celebrate London Cocktail Week 2018 in style.
Ranked 18th on the list of the World’s Best 50 Bars 2017, for a limited time only Broken Shaker will create the ultimate urban oasis in London, bringing tropical vibes to our City rooftop.
The pop up will run from Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th October, from 2 – 9pm everyday. We’ll have our usual lineup of rooftop DJs on Thursday – Saturday."

The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey - Tues 2nd Oct - The Sun Tavern, 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN
"Following the success of last year’s collaboration, Bethnal Green’s The Sun Tavern welcomes Manhattan’s The Dead Rabbit once more, with the arrival of the NYC Taproom to London in collaboration with The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey.
As part of London Cocktail Week, The Dead Rabbit Taproom Takeover will take place for one night only and sees Anna Kremen, Jessica Friedman and Genesis Cruz of the serial ‘World’s Best Bar’ winners team behind the bar. They’ll be serving up a menu comprised of three cocktails hand-selected from their exclusive Taproom by beverage director Jillian Vose menu showcasing The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, which launched earlier this year.
Cocktails on offer include The Dead Rabbit’s celebrated Irish Coffee featuring The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, as well as The Sun’s famous Beer & A Bump, using their Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer. Plus there will be special guest DJ’s spinning New York- inspired sets all night long."

Hendricks Gin Tini Martini Bar - Weds 3rd - Fri 5th Oct - Swordtail Studios, 2083 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4DG
"In a tale of both epic – and miniature – proportions, the unusualists over at Hendrick’s Gin are throwing a three-night celebration of the most sophisticated of drinks, the martini – by launching the diminuitively delightful: Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini Bar.
Every evening will explore how the martini is appreciated across the globe, celebrating how it has been reimagined thrugh a distinctively surreal Hendrick’s lens– elevating the artistry and undiluted enjoyment of the tipple, even in its littlest size.
Nightly from 7pm as well as from 9pm, guests will be welcomed to the Tini Martini Bar by a pygmy goat, who will guide them towards the chambers where they are issued with their Tini Martini Passport to begin their journey into the peculiar and the unknown. From a portal that allows one to peer into a magical world of miniatures to competing in a series of microscopic games, the Tini Martini Bar will transport guests into a world of warped proportions. 
The pop-up will also feature takeovers from some of the world's best bars including: 
Team UK (Wednesday): Dukes Bar, London); The London EDITION
Team USA (Thursday): Employees Only, New York;  Sweet Liberty, Miami
Team Euro (Friday): Kinly Bar, Frankfurt; Schumann's Bar am Hofgarten, Munich; *ISM, Oslo"
Note - this one costs £12 for two hours - Tickets here

The Absolut Porn Star Martini House - Weds 3rd - Sat 6th Oct - 19 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DT
"Experience a Porn Star Martini cocktail like never before. From Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th October, 19 Greek Street Soho will transform into the Absolut Porn Star Martini Townhouse.
Discover a unique multi-sensory journey across four floors of this beautiful Victorian building. From a mist filled Vanilla Forest to a bubble filled maze, the town house will bring to life the tastes, aromas and sensations of this iconic cocktail.
Your final stop will be the The Absolut Porn Star Martini Bar, where you will be given the opportunity to master the skill of making your very own, cocktail: the perfect way to complete your journey."
Note - this one costs £9 for a 75 minute session - Tickets here

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