This week, the crème de la crème of Bristol’s cocktail scene will play host to Bristol Cocktail Week 2016, serving a great shake-up of exclusive venues, mixology master classes, and potent concoctions served by true connoisseurs.
Outside of London, Bristol has an almost unrivalled cocktail scene, a place known for authentic speakeasies behind red telephone boxes and luxurious drinking dens hidden within Clifton’s heights. The week-long events and venues have been separated into five zones across the city, from the Mild West of Gloucester Road to the Severn Seas of South Bristol. All areas are clearly marked out on an illustrative map that can be viewed on the website, or found in all its printed glory in bars across Bristol.
Following the success of last year, and with plenty more well-known names joining in on the action, the Bristol Cocktail Week 2016 is set to excite, astound, and probably leave you a little intoxicated.
Here’s some of the best from an unfaultable line-up of events, sure to have you heading straight to the bar.
The Aperitivo Sessions – Psychopomp Micro-Distillery
145 Saint Michael’s Hill, BS2 8DB
Date: October 19th 2016
Time: Two sittings, 6.30pm-8pm and 8pm-9.30pm
Let’s rightly begin with an apéritif. For one evening only, Psychopomp Micro-Distillery will conduct The Aperitivo Sessions, a guided tour to the pre-dinner drink tradition – what should be served, when it should be served, and how it should be made. Guests will be invited to sample each apéritif, leaving with their appetites pleasantly stimulated.
Pump House Gin Dinner – The Pump House
Merchants Rd, Hotwells, BS8 4PZ
Date: October 20th 2016
The Pump House is an establishment renowned for a fine cabinet of the very best gins. In this special event, head chef Toby Gritten will serve a mouth-watering menu of food, perfectly paired with an array of gin-based cocktails, for the Pump House Gin Dinner. Award-winning Portabello Road Gin, a brand well-known to gin lovers, will make up the alcoholic measure of each drink, providing a refreshing accompaniment to the flavoursome food.
Her Majesty’s Secret Cinema
The Old Fire Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG
Date: October 20th 2016
Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one of the most exclusive and well-hidden bars in Bristol and boasts some of the very best bartenders in town. For this special event, the HMSS team of mixologists will head down to The Old Fire Station for Her Majesty’s Secret Cinema. For one evening only, guests will be served monstrous drinks throughout a spectacular showing of the original Ghostbuster’s movie. Fancy dress is a must at this sing-a-long screening, while the hard liquor will provide some much-needed Dutch courage at this spooky event.
Cocktail Mix Tape – The Old Book Shop
The Old Bookshop, 65 North Street, BS3 1ES
Date: October 22nd October
Celebrate the weekend with a final drink-up and- dance-down at The Old Bookshop in Southville with a Cocktail Mix Tape. This eclectic late-night bar and favourite of local foodies will host the Bristol Cocktail Week closing party this year. Two pop-up cocktail bars, a live funk band and a menu of delicious food will warm up the evening. From 9pm until midnight, DJs will spin hip-hop and rock discs while Bristol’s best bartenders serve cocktails influenced by each music genre.
Missed out on tickets this year? Keep your eyes peeled for new drinks served throughout your favourite venues, specially crafted to celebrate this week of indulgent cocktail consumption. Consult the Bristol Cocktail Week map to identify where to head to, and be sure to try out something unique.