Leeds Loves Cocktails returns for its second year in the West Yorkshire capital to shed light on the town’s finest drinking establishments. From 2 to 8 June, 24 cocktail bars will join forces and offer discounts on their cocktails, as well as playing host to exclusive tasting sessions, seminars and interactive demonstrations.
The schedule is packed full of opportunities to discover brands and bars you might know too little about. Be taken through Jim Beam’s history at 51% Bourbon, get your gin fill in with a Bombay Sapphire masterclass at Oracle or treat yourself to a 3 Martini Lunch with Portobello Road Gin at Jake’s Bar and Still Room. Wherever you sip, this will be a week full of creative boozing and thoughtful mixing.
Grab yourself a festival wristband and off you go – they are only £4.50 and will get you priority entry to all events, as well as discounts on seminars and cocktails all week long.
Best Bars tip: Ocho founder Tomas Estes (the guy behind La Perla, Café Pacifico and the recent El Nivel) is LLC’s special guest for the week. He’ll be giving an interactive lecture about tequila and mezcal but spaces are like gold dust, so book quick!
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest