With Manchester continuing to explode with exciting new venues, Cocktails in the City returned with a stellar line-up of the finest bars currently gracing the capital of the North. This year the festival expanded to a two night cocktail extravaganza in the new urban chic surroundings of the Great Northern Warehouse.
The show is now described by many, as the UK’s most exciting cocktail festival with a crowd of 1,600 consumers coming through the doors over two magical nights. A total of 5,203 cocktails were consumed over the course of both eveningsand tickets for both nights sold out. The fun loving crowd, wonderful music from disco deviant Will Tramp and dazzling entertainment from the bars made this years Cocktails in the City the biggest in its 4-year lifetime.
The winners of the evening’s annual competition, which saw leading industrypersonnel, the bars themselves and the consumers vote for the best cocktail,stand and consumer favourite have now been released: here’s how they faired:
The Best Cocktail was selected by The Drinks Enthusiast – Dave Marsland and World Best Bars editor – Sasha Filiminov. The winner was Cane and Grain with Old Forester who came away in first place with their delicious – Old and Wild Spiced Smash. The Fitzgerald came second with the Chambord – Smoked French Manhattan and last but certainly not least was the Cloud 23 with Tanqueray No.TEN – Up, Up and Away.
The best Best Stand voted for by the exhibitors was won by Mr Coopers with Portobello Road Gin. The runners up saw Cane and Grain with Old Forester again in the mix and Elixir Tonic & Treats with Patron Tequila coming third.
The Consumer Vote voted for over the two nights saw Elixir Tonic & Treats being the peoples favourite with Harvey Nichols and Under New Management coming 2nd & 3rd respectively.
Cocktails in the City will return next year with another two-night festival of the finest bars & spirits Manchester has to offer. After this years sold out double-header everyone’s encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.