UNLEASH THE BEAST
Islay is a wild and antique land off the west coast of Scotand. Whisky heaven, there was once more than 16 distilleries on the remote island. Today only 8 remain. Ardbeg; the peatiest malt born in the raw wilderness of Islay.Come and be whisked away to this mysterious place, and join us on a journey to discover this award winner distilleries treasures.
The experience of this untamed place of Islay will commence at 7pm at Clifton Observatory with a cocktail on arrival. Max Helm, Moet Hennessy UK Spirits Ambassador, will ease you into your Ardbeg journey flight with the flagship of the range; Ardbeg 10year old. Then onto the depth and complexity of the legendary whisky, Uigeadail. The sea has always been a fundamental part of Ardbeg, adding the touch of briny salt air and seaweed to the flavour profile. Ardbeg Corryvreckan epitomises this! The journey will conclude with a wee dram of a limited release Ardbeg!
Venue: Clifton Observatory
Good things to drink, outside!
Following the popularity of last years event HMSS and the innovation team behind Bacardi have teamed up again to deliver a masterclass on how to make the most engaging drinks at home, this year focussing on garden and outdoor parties. Think Wellington boots, Wheelbarrows and fountains of punch!
Venue: Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Great King Street Beer & Whisky Showdown
Join us at the infamous Small Bar on King Street for a beer, whisky and cocktail pairing session like no other. We will be pairing up three beers from the mighty Left Handed Giant with three whiskys from the legandary Compass Boxand then we will be mixing them together to serve up three matched cocktails. The event is set to celebrate the long standing relationship between these two wonderful categories and then explore some new ways of drinking them.
Venue: Small Bar
BRISTOL SYRUP COMPANY LAUNCH PARTY
This event will showcase the official national launch of The Bristol Syrup Company; a brand making exceptional cocktail syrups right here in Bristol. A collaboration between Bristol based syrup expert Jem Rogers and award-winning Bristol bartenders Dee Davies and Danny Walker. Come down to Red Light to be one of the first to see and try the range. You’ll get to choose three cocktails made especially for you by Dee and Danny, whilst eating canapés and being entertained for 2 hours of early-evening debauchery.
Paint the town red, yellow, blue and all the other colours of The Bristol Syrup Company’s vibrant branding at a launch event to remember.
Venue: Red Light
The Secret Hendricks Gin Experience
Our team of intrepid adventurers will meet in the city at 6pm to be whisked away to a secret remote location for a truly unusual gin experience. We will delve into the curious history of gin in literature whilst sipping on fabulous Hendricks cocktails. Then we celebrate the cucumber in all its glory with an expertly prepared dinner before being transported back in to Bristol in time for bed.
Venue: Secret Location (meeting place to be revealed soon)
THE ULTIMATE HENDRICKS GIN EXPERIENCE
Two lucky guests will join our team of intrepid adventurers and will meet in the city at 6pm to be whisked away to a secret remote location for a truly unusual gin experience. We will delve into the curious history of gin in literature whilst sipping on fabulous Hendricks cocktails. Then we celebrate the cucumber in all its glory with an expertly prepared three course dinner of fine delights. The Ultimate experience also includes a night stay in beautiful room, breakfast and transport back into the city in the morning. This truly is a magical experience and one you won't soon forget.
Only one package is available, so be quick!
Venue: Secret Location
PERFECTING THE MARTINI
“They made me feel civilized.” Ernest Hemingway novel, Farewell to Arms, in reference to the Martini.
There is a martini for everyone! And what better way to discover how you like yours than in the plush and sophisticated surroundings of Bristol’s Hyde & Co.UK Belvedere Ambassador, Mark Tracey, will take you on a guided journey with the world’s original luxury Vodka, Belvedere. A Vodka that’s perfect on the rocks, for breathing character to any cocktail, or where it really shines - in a martini. Belvedere represents the pinnacle of vodka making tradition. Mark will completely demystify the Martini with 4 tasty examples throughout the evening for you to enjoy. The final cocktail being your Belvedere drink of your choice.
An evening of sophistication, Martini’s and lively humour; topped off with a special treat for you to take home to recreate your own ‘perfect’ martini.
GYPSIES, GIN, ROGUES & THIEVES
An evening of cocktails, whisky and jazz in the flamboyant heart of Bristol.
Celebrate Bristol Cocktail Week and bid farewell to another week of booze fuelled fun with a raucous, debaucherous night of performance, costumes and cocktails at The Milk Thistle with our official party, Gypsies, Rogues and Thieves! Inspired by the Bohemian Revolution and the new wave of freedom and frivolity that came with the turn of the century The Milk Thistle will, for one night only, become a den of curious characters, exceptional cocktails and frivolous fun. For just £25 you’ll be able to enjoy a night of fortune tellers, magicians, performers and musicians along with two complimentary cocktails. We’ll also be creating an array of specially created cocktails which will be served across all three floors and you’ll be able to party the night away into the small hours.
Venue: The Milk Thistle
ONLY ONE QUALITY, THE FINEST
Our event takes inspiration from Madame Barbe Clicquot and what better way to end the working week than the finest sparkling beverage of all – Champagne. Join us for an evening of Champagne Cocktails in the opulent surroundings of Bristol Harbour Hotel’s Gold Bar. The talented team of the Gold Bar will be mixing, shaking and topping cocktails with some of Champagnes biggest names including Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Dom Perignon. Champagne will be flowing from 6pm, with a selection of delicious ‘Champagne inspired’ canapes from the talented chefs of Bristol Harbour Hotel to accompany.
“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not” – Coco Chanel
Venue: Gold Bar @ The Harbour Hotel
The Ultimate Cocktail & Cheese Pairing
The team at Psychopomp have teamed up with the Bristol Cheese Monger to create the ultimate cheese and cocktail matching evening. The guys have travelled around Somerset to meet the cheese makers, pick up ingredients and gather inspiration from the farms to help create three cocktails to pair with three delicious cheeses.
Venue: Psychopomp Micro-distillery
CLOSING PARTY: MARGARITA VS MARGHERITA
Join us for a Saturday night Fiesta at Steam Brewhouse & Bar! We're boasting some mega tequila slushy machines, vibrant party music and chefs spinning Mexican-inspired pizzas late into the evening. Be sure to head down and bid farewell to another year of BCW! Tickets grant you 2 cocktails and a sizzling bite to eat.
Venue: Steam Brewhouse & Bar