Whether you are looking for a ground-breaking cocktail creation, want to watch some of the world’s best bartenders in action, or fancy taking a step back in time to the age of prohibition, Belfast Cocktail Week has something for everyone.
Take your pick from the jam-packed calendar of bespoke events taking place across the Cathedral Quarter, including;
- Bar Swift Takeover: The Merchant Hotel, October 16 – 19, 6pm
Fresh from a big win at the Spirited Awards, London’s bar Swift will take up a special residency in The Merchant Hotel’s iconic Cocktail Bar for a takeover with innovative cocktails, such as the delicious Sgroppino (Lemon sorbet, prosecco, Italicus), and their renowned Irish coffees, on offer.
- An Evening with Glendalough Gin: Muriels Café Bar, October 16, 7pm
Wicklow’s Glendalough Distillery will bring its range of seasonal, wild botanical gins to Muriels Café Bar, celebrating the tradition and heritage of the Irish gin trade with an evening hosted by the craft gin distillery.
- A tribute to Joe Gilmore: Bootleggers, October 16, 7pm
Raise a glass to local legend and Belfast born bartender during this tribute night, sure to please all cocktail lovers. Joe Gilmore was one of the longest running Head Barmen at London’s five-star Savoy Hotel and mixed drinks for film stars, prime ministers and presidents during his extraordinary career.
- Luggage Room Takeover: Sixty6, October 17, 7pm
Mayfair comes to Sixty6 to offer guests the best hospitality the West End has to offer. Join the team to enjoy a bespoke cocktail menu that has been developed especially by The Luggage Room in the Marriot Hotel, London.
- Plantation Rum Tiki Takeover: The Spaniard, October 18, 7pm
Sample a taste of the Caribbean with an evening of exotic rum from Jamaica, Barbados and Panama with renowned spirits expert and Plantation Rum Brand Ambassador, Paul McFadyen.
- An Evening with Eden Mill Gin: Muriels Café Bar, October 19, 7pm
A representative of the Eden Mill Distillery will make the journey from Scotland for a tasting evening of premium Scottish gins, including its famous Pink Love Gin.
- Tanqueray Ten Takeover Prohibition Party: Bert’s Jazz Bar, October 19, 8pm
Take a step back in time and enjoy a night of classic cocktails made with the help of The Tanqueray Ten Imperial Shaker – a revolution in cocktail making. Guests can also enjoy live music with Long John’s Jump and Jive Band and dinner surrounded by the Art Deco glamour of 1930s New York.
- Acceptable in the 80’s: Bootleggers, October 19, 7pm
Don your best 80s fashion and enjoy a twist on the most popular cocktails of the time including the Blue Lagoon and Pina Colada. Don’t forget to request your favourite tunes from the DJ who will be spinning out top hits such as Livin’ on a Prayer, Billie Jean and Sweet Child O’ Mine.
- Swift Farewell Rooftop Party: The Merchant Hotel’s Rooftop Bar, October 20, 8pm
For a fitting end to a week-long residency, Bar Swift will take over at The Merchant Rooftop to host a farewell shindig with live traditional music throughout the night. Ticket price includes a welcome drink and all proceeds go to The Benevolent charity that provides help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry and their families.
- Tristan Stephenson: Sixty6, October 22, 6pm
Guest speaker, author of the Curious Bartender range of cocktail books and award-winning bartender, Tristan Stephenson, will host a seminar exploring the art of mixing the perfect cocktail in Sixty6. The famed bartender will give guests an exclusive opportunity to taste contemporary and classic cocktails with his own unique twist. Bookings for this event include a drink and ticket to the after party.
Most events at Belfast Cocktail Week are free of charge but you need to reserve your space! For a full line-up of events, information on ticketed events and optional festival passes, visit BelfastCocktailWeek.co.uk.
Bars taking part in the festival include The Cocktail Bar and Bert’s Jazz Bar at The Merchant, The National Grande Café and Club Sixty6, Bullitt Hotel, Bootleggers, Muriels Café Bar, The Spaniard and Babel, the new rooftop cocktail bar at Bullitt, on its opening weekend.
The vision is for Belfast Cocktail Week to become an annual event, increasing in scale in the subsequent years.