Bars line up for return of Birmingham Cocktail Weekend

Gas Street Social The Socialite cocktail

Around 30 bars, restaurants and pubs across Birmingham are set to take part in a second outing for a three-day festival of cocktails.

After a successful launch last year, Birmingham Cocktail Weekend has been announced for July 15 to 17 – promising to be even bigger and better than before.

The heart of the event will be an opportunity for people to explore the increasing numbers of places for cocktails in Birmingham, with participating venues offering original exclusive cocktails for only £4 each.

This offer is open to anyone who has bought a £6 wristband which will also grant them access to all of the free tastings, masterclasses and exclusive events.

Island Bar will play host to the festival’s Jim Beam Hub where people can collect their wristbands and guidebooks and also sample Jim Beam’s range of whiskeys.

Part of the Bitters ‘n’ Twisted group, Island Bar’s sister venues will also be taking part: Bodega, Buffalo & Rye, The Jekyll & Hyde, The Victoria, The Rose Villa Tavern, and Marmalade.

People can enjoy cocktails at participating venues such as the New Alexandra Theatre, Gas Street Social (pictured), Malmaison, Aluna, Bar Epernay, Pennyblacks, Marco Pierre White’s, and Harvey Nichols around The Mailbox, while over towards Broad Street participating venues include Hyatt Regency’s Gentleman & Scholar pub, Pushkar, and Rub Smokehouse.

Moving back towards the city centre, wristband-wearers will be able to pop in to the Edwardian Tearooms and The Chameleon for a pit-stop before continuing into Colmore Business District for cocktails at Chung Ying Central, Hotel du Vin and Great Western Arcade’s 1847.

Walking deeper into the central shopping area, the city’s well-known bars on Bennetts Hill will be in the mix, such as Amantia, Cosy Club and the Lost & Found.

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend’s founder and organiser Alex Nicholson-Evans said: “After the success of last year, I am so excited to be bringing BCW back for 2016. In 2015, 1,500 wristband wearers joined us to explore the city, try new flavours and get to know the brands behind some of our favourite cocktails.

“For 2016 we’ve got more venues, more fun and more signature cocktails. It’s going to be a fantastic event.”

Wristbands are now available to buy at

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