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Bristol Cocktail Week returns from 17-23 October

It’s time to get your drink on (responsibly of course!) as the sixth Bristol Cocktail Week kicks off on Monday.

Each year, the boozy bonanza is headed up by a different team of crack bartenders and taking the reins this time around is Danny Walker from Psychopomp Micro-Distillery; Ben Alcock, owner of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Dee Davis, creator and brand ambassador of Jinzu gin and head bartender of Red Light.

The trio has dreamt up a fabulous concoction of events to surprise and delight, including a showing of Ghostbuster complimented by some weird and wonderful cocktails, cocktail crazy golf and a double decker bus tour of Bristol exploring how alcohol has shaped the city.

Danny said; “Bristol really punches above its weight nationally when it comes to making cocktails. We’ve put together a really cool programme which will divulge industry secrets, get people trying cocktails and ingredients that they wouldn’t usually be able to get and generally create crazy chaos!

“We’re not encouraging people to go on a pub crawl (because that would be morally questionable!), but this year is all about getting people to go to different areas of the city.

“Bristol is a series of villages and people don’t often leave their village.

“We want people to go out and get into the bars!”

As well as the special events, 20 bars across Bristol are taking part by creating a special cocktail just for the event, which will be available at a discounted price.

To help people get around, a special map has been created which divides Bristol into five different zones and highlights the participating bars. It also shows a selection of “fuel stops” – a list of restaurants curated by the BCW team “where lush food and a cracking cocktails are a thing.”

The whole event will reach a climax on Saturday (22 October) with The Cocktail Mix Tape party at The Old Bookshop, with two pop-up bars, a live funk band, DJs and some awesome food. As the genre of music changes as the evening goes on so will the cocktails. The £15 ticket price includes entry, two cocktails and food.

Danny said: “As ever, the week is about showcasing exactly what the bartenders in Bristol can do whilst giving cocktail fans exceptional value for money at our events. We must also give very humble thanks to the fantastic drinks brands who support us making it possible for bars and mixologists participating to serve outstanding cocktails all week long at discounted prices.

“Bristol Cocktail Week is completely not-for profit, we just do it for the love of Bristol!”

For the full programme of events and to download the map visit www.bristolcocktailweek.bar


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