Cocktails in the City 2018!

22nd May 2018

Cocktails in the City, the nation’s leading cocktail festival in partnership with returns for the ultimate cocktail weekender on June 1st and 2nd in the iconic surroundings of the Leeds Town Hall.

Incorporating a new Saturday afternoon session the theme for 2018 is inspired by Leeds. 20 of the cities leading bars will be popping up to showcase a new range of signature drinks drawing ideas from ingredients, places, events and people that have made Yorkshire and the City of Leeds famous around the world.

The bar line up brings together the diverse drinking experience that Leeds now offers. From glamorous roof tops to chic restaurant bars, secret speakeasies to party bars Cocktails in the City brings together Leeds finest venues all within sipping distance of each other.


Show Experiences:

For the more curious consumer a wide number of private tasting sessions will also be available including:


The 31Dover Tasting Rooms

Guests will take an immersive sensory tasting journey visiting three different producers handpicked by leading online drinks retailer

From beginning to end visitors will enjoy a range of textures, aromas and flavours with each producer having just ten minutes to engage and entertain you before moving on.


Sparkling Martinis in the Clock Tower

Ascend up the historic Leeds Clock Tower with your guides, entertainers and educators Blind Tyger and Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin.

With Leeds being the home of carbonation it is only fitting that our 2018 experience explores the intertwining history of carbonation and gin leading to the inevitable climax of sparkling martinis in the Clock Tower.


Pintura Presents: The Art of Lustau

Take a journey around the celebrated regions of Jerez and Basque and discover the aromas, flavours and tastes that have made these two regions synonymous with the very finest food and drinks experiences the world over.

Executive head chef Greg and operations bar manager Matthew will present a flight of three small plates and cocktails to showcase the diversity of flavours found within these two world famous locations.


Espresso Martini Masterclasses

Join coffee and cocktail expert Stephanie Rainbow for an interactive hands on masterclass and create your own bespoke espresso martini cocktail.

Presented by Tia Maria + The Coffee project guests will learn more about the different variety and flavour profiles of coffee, how to marry these flavours in mixology and professional tips on how to produce the perfect Espresso Martini in your own home.


The Enchanted Forest

In partnership with D&D Restaurants descend into the crypt in the Leeds Town Hall for an adult fairytale courtesy of Issho, East 59th, Angelica and Craft House. Expect the unexpected with drinks of fancy and wonder taking inspiration from a nighttime walk in the woods.


Current Bar Line Up:

A full line up of bars and brands to be confirmed shortly but will include:

  • Angelica
  • Below Stairs
  • Blind Tyger
  • Crafthouse
  • East 59th
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Issho
  • Gusto
  • The Maven Bar
  • Pintura
  • Smokestack
  • Tattu
  • Thewlis Lounge
  • The Watermark
  • Vice and Virtue


Event Details:

Tickets are £15 and includes a welcome cocktail worth £6.50

Friday June 1st: 18.00 – 23.00

Saturday June 2nd: 12.00 – 17.00

Saturday June 2nd: 19.00 – 00.00

More information on experiences, bars and brands can be found at: