New cocktail festival for city

LIVERPOOL’S first ever cocktail festival launches this summer, bringing together more than 20 of the city’s finest venues with a unique menu of drinks and a week-long programme of events for cocktail lovers! Taking place between 18th & 24th September, the festival is seven days of mixing, shaking, creating, drinking, tasting, clinking, debating and sipping across some of the city’s coolest bars, restaurants and venues. Participating venues include: Mojo, Some Place, Aloha, El Bandito, Red Door, The Alchemist, Filter & Fox; The Cosy Club; Constellations; Santa Chupitos; Miyagi; Heebie Jeebies and Furnivals Well with more to be announced soon The festival is taking place in partnership with Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin, Rumbullion and Re’al purees who will host the festival hub at Furnivals Well, which will act as the wristband exchange and information point, as well as host a series of special events during the week. Other participating brands include: Pussers Rum; Chase Distillery; Casamigos Tequila; Portobello Road Gin; Jack Daniels; Nikka Whiskey; Campari; Ketel One Vodka; Chambord with more to be announced Previous ‘Loves Cocktails’ festivals in Leeds and Manchester have seen events take place in partnership with some of the world’s best bars such as The Savoy, Callooh Callay and The Dead Rabbit in NYC. A similar calibre of events is planned for Liverpool’s festival with the timetable being announced within the next few weeks. There is also a series of specialist events, tastings and masterclasses designed for bartenders and discerning drinkers; with world-famous brands heading to the city to showcase unusual blends and share their expert knowledge. In addition to the event programme, each of the venues will collaborate with one of the world’s best spirit brands on a one-off exclusive cocktail menu. Available during the week of the festival, each cocktail is just £5 and available exclusively for wristband holders only. Liverpool Loves Cocktails was founded by entrepreneur and drinks enthusiast Nick Fox. The festival has taken place in Leeds for the past 5 years, Manchester for 2 years and debuted in Nottingham in April 2017. Last year’s Manchester Loves Cocktails saw more than 3000 cocktail fans take part in the festival in celebrating the art of mixing. Founder of Loves Cocktails Nick Fox says: “Liverpool is one of the UK’s most iconic destinations and we can’t wait to bring the Loves Cocktail festival to the city’s cocktail fans! The standard of cocktails in the city are on par with top bars of London and New York and it’s about time that the city has a festival to celebrate Liverpool’s incredible talent and diverse cocktail scene. The north definitely has a lot to offer, and I want us to celebrate that fact with a week-long cocktail festival’. “Liverpool Loves Cocktail is the ultimate drinks festival; with a week-long programme of unmissable events and bespoke discount drinks for just £5 that are guaranteed to have cocktail lovers licking their lips. “Over the 7 days we’ll be encouraging guests to ‘drink better, not more’ by exploring the story behind people’s favourite spirits, as well as some spirits they may have not come across before. Festival-goers can expect a diverse programme of events to satisfy everyone tastes, from music and parties through to expert masterclasses and unique tastings”. To gain access to the incredible events running throughout the festival and to purchase cocktails at the discounted price of £5, attendees must purchase a Liverpool Loves Cocktails wristbands. Early Bird wristbands are available until August 31st for £7.50 (£10 full price from 15th August). Half price concessions are available for drinks/hospitality industry workers, NHS employees and students. Tickets are available from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liverpool-loves-cocktails-tickets-34967747474 For a full list of bars and restaurants that are taking part in this year’s event or for more information about Liverpool Loves Cocktails visit www.lovescocktails.co.uk or follow on Twitter @LPLCocktails and Instagram @loves_cocktails or using #LPoolCocktails17