Bars set to celebrate for fifth annual Bristol Cocktail Week

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Pop-ups, competitions, tastings, master classes and other events are lined up this week for the fifth annual Bristol Cocktail Week.

Over 50 bars around the city are taking part in the celebration which runs from today until October 25. It culminates on Saturday at the Bristol Masked Cocktail Ball, featuring cocktails, live music, street food, and on Sunday with the announcement of the winners of the Bristol Cocktail Week awards.

Bars all over Bristol have teamed up with Maison Edmond Briottet to offer cocktails using the liqueurs which can be voted on throughout the week. There are also regular walking tours around some of the city’s best bars.

Events include the bartenders’ Bristol Cocktail Cup competition which takes place at Flipside Cocktail Club on Monday, leading up to a public event in the evening when the title of Bristol’s Best Bartender 2015 will be decided.

On Tuesday, Red Light in Bristol will be taken over by Crazy Pedro’s Part-Time Pizza Parlour – Manchester’s acclaimed mezcal and pizza joint.

Bristol Bar Wars on Wednesday will be a battle between bartenders from the city’s two different “tribes” – the classic-style bars and the tiki and up-tempo bars. Over two floors, Hausbar, Hyde & Co, Red Light and The Milk Thistle will take on Be At One, Flipside Cocktail Club, Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Noche Negra.

Other events include Cocktails Through the Ages at The Milk Thistle on Friday with a drinks menu and music playlist that will change every hour to represent different periods from Victorian England and Prohibition America to the 1950s, 1980s and the modern day.

Against the Grain on Thursday will see Left Handed Giant Brewery team up with Auchentoshan Whisky, Bols Genever and the team from Hyde & Co Leisure to create some ground-breaking beer cocktails.

The Big Craft Gin Experience on Thursday will feature two American gins, Death’s Door from Wisconsin and Aviation from Portland, with cocktails and canapés, hosted by Bristol-based microdistillery Psychopomp.

Master classes will include The Ultimate Espresso Martini which sees Small Street Espresso team up with Matt Dakers, brand ambassador for Stolichnaya vodka, to provide ideas and tips on serving the best Espresso Martinis.

Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham will be bringing boozy comedy show The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to Irish Whiskey to Bristol on Friday at the Wardrobe Theatre above The White Bear on St Michael’s Hill.

On Saturday, the Bristol Cocktail Roadshow will show consumers how to make cocktails at home, hosted by independent Bristol drinks retailers Corks Of Cotham, Corks Of North Street and Weber & Tring.

For £10, consumers and trade can buy a wristband that entitles them to £10 off tickets to events or exclusive entry to some events.

Voting on the Bristol Cocktail Week awards is open until Wednesday October 21. Click here to vote.

For details of all Bristol Cocktail Week events, visit

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