The UK’s Largest Cocktail Master Class returns to Manchester…Bigger and better!

Credit to Pete Shephard of Tone Photography

Celebrating Manchester’s vibrant cocktail scene, Cocktails in the City is the largest ever cocktail master class returns to the grandiose surroundings of the Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall on 2nd May. With 18 bars, 600 cocktail enthusiasts and over 1,500 cocktails, this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

From 18.00 – 22.30 visitors will be able to enjoy food from the hippest operators in town Almost Famous, enjoy the soulful sounds of Manchester’s finest Crazy P and Neil Diablo of El Diablos Social Club who will both be playing on the decks, as they make and shake delicious cocktails with Manchester’s finest bars and bartenders. The Great Hall will be hosting Manchester’s top bars with some exciting new additions including news bars such as Neighbourhood and The Liquor Store whilst The Lord Mayor’s Parlour is turning into a rum lover’s Tiki Paradise courtesy of The Liars Club, Keko Moku and Hula.

Leading Manchester drinks consultancy company The Liquorists will be entertaining and educating again in 2013 offering Enthusiast and Connoisseur ticket holders the chance to sip, savour and learn more about their favourite spirits with 6 different brands included at each tasting. All visitors will be able to enjoy practical cocktail demonstrations on the main stage within the great hall whilst Cocktails in the City hosts will be on the floor entertaining and educating in unique and interesting ways. Last year 480 visitors made and enjoyed over 1200 cocktails.

Founder Andrew Scutts comments:

 “the interactive nature of the event made it a great success in 2012. We’re delighted to welcome some new bars this year, and with the addition of food and music it’s now a complete night out.  The night epitomizes everything that is both educational and fun about the drinks industry. With every bar creating a little “pop up” it’s a great way to learn more about the art of drinking and bars in your area”.

This year visitors can choose from a range of tickets:

  • The Taster: £15 including entrance, two cocktails, main stage demonstrations, cocktail booklet.
  • The Enthusiast: £25 includes three cocktails, A Liquorists Tutored Tasting Session, main stage demonstrations and cocktail booklet.
  • The Connoisseur: £45 includes champagne cocktail reception, food from Almost Famous, three cocktails, A Liquorists tutored tasting session.

Last year the bars competed for the best Overall winner (Won by Keko Moku & El Dorado Rum) Personality of the show (Won by Johnboy Socio Rehab), Cocktail of the show (Won by Gin Mare Strawberry Pepper Mule) and Stand of the show (Won by The Liars Club). This year with new bars and brands involved the competition will be hotter than ever.

Look forward to some incredible cocktails, such as the delicious

Belvedere Solstice
Belvedere Solstice

Belvedere Solstice:


25ml Raspberry puree

25ml Orange juice

25ml Cloudy apple

To celebrate Manchester’s world beating cocktail scene the #MCRHEARTSCOCKTAILS hash tag is once again launched with the aim of raising awareness of the bustling Manchester bar scene, with the city’s bars now being home to some of the world’s very best bartenders. You can follow Cocktails in the City news on twitter (@Cocktailsinthec) and on Facebook.

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