With the memories of the long hot summer fading faster than your tan, the time has almost come to dust yourself off, update your wardrobe and prepare to get on up to get down for the 2018 party season. And what better way to kick off the most hedonistic time of year than with the return of the city’s most legendary cocktail party?
Back by popular demand, The Leeds Cocktail Experience returns on Friday 9th November to iconic event space Aspire for a fun-fuelled evening of entertainment, hot dancefloor cuts, and of course, the most ingenious and Insta-worthy cocktail creations in the north.
Are you ready to go on a global cocktail tour that covers NYC, Cuba, London, Paris and Japan to name just a few?
Guests will be able take their pick of premium pours from no less than 16 of the city’s finest bar brands, who will be under one roof for one night only. Those involved truly represent the cream of the crop as far as the Leeds nightlife A-List is concerned, allowing you to embark on the most epic of bar crawls without setting a foot outside. Each bar will be partnering up with a luxury liquor brand, ensuring the cocktails are top-shelf.
The Domino Club has become one of the city’s hippest hangouts and has long been known to those in the know, but they will be in attendance to dazzle the crowds with their magical mixologists. They are fresh from being named as one of the best secret bars in the world by cocktail aficionado Simon Difford, one of the world’s leading authorities in the bar world.
The award-winning Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Bar will be on-hand to show party-goers the finer things in life like only they can. They will be hosting the shiny VIP bar, which will be available exclusively to special guests who upgrade their ticket. One for the true connoisseurs, this is where you’ll find some absolute diamonds when it comes to International liquor.
Discerning local foodies will be delighted to discover that chef extraordinaire and restauranteur Luke Downing will be bringing his best bartenders to the party, to mix up cocktails so cutting-edge they seem almost other worldly.
Manahatta and Neighbourhood will all be bringing their own unique take on NYC-style mixology to the table, whilst Revolución de Cuba will leave your heart in Havana oh-na-na, with their distinctive Cuban twist.
An international affair
The whistle-stop world tour continues to Japan, where rooftop-bar Issho will be blending exotic ingredients that will capture your imagination and tantalise your taste-buds. Neighbouring bar Banyan will also be in attendance with a game-changing cocktail that will leave you wanting more. Dirty Martini will also be making a trip across the road to deliver their distinctive twist on Bond’s poison of choice.
Other brands confirmed include Be At One, Oracle, The Botanist, Banyan, Below Stairs, Malmaison, Smokestack, newcomers Lost & Found and Dirty Martini. Once again, the party will take place over two floors and feature a range of entertainment, including the latest sounds from the city’s best local DJ’s.
The Leeds Cocktail Experience first stirred the city’s interest back in October 2016 and was an instant success. Two sell-out parties followed, with each one getting bigger and better, reflecting the very best of Leeds nightlife scene. Organised by one of Yorkshire’s leading PR agencies, Pink Gorilla and Hairy Lemon, it has now become a hotly-anticipated staple in the Leeds’ social calendar.
Pink Gorilla Director Jordan Odu had this to say about the brands fourth soiree ‘’It’s hard to believe it’s almost two years since our first party, but then time really does fly when you’re having fun. The Leeds cocktail scene has evolved massively since 2016, and our fourth party will be the perfect place to experience the huge amount of homegrown talent and diversity we have access to.
‘’As ever, our event is as much about the people and the partying as it is having the very best bars, bartenders and cocktails under one roof, and so guests can expect a night they won’t forget in a hurry. We hope to see you at all the bars for a cocktail or three!’’
Tickets are available from Eventbrite now, with early bird offers available on a first come, first served basis.
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