Cocktails in the City

An evening of cocktail making and drinks enlightenment returns to Manchester


Check out our competition to win tickets at the bottom of this blog ……. and did I mention we’re on the judging panel!


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Manchester Town Hall, 6pm – 10.30pm, 2nd May 2013



Manchester’s cocktail scene is vibrant to say the least (and that’s before we’ve even had a drink). So what better way to celebrate our city’s army of dedicated mixologists, than by having a massive cocktail masterclass in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall?

I’m told that the Great Hall looks at it’s best if you lie down and stare at the ceiling ……. which is lucky as I’ll probably be seeing a lot of it after I’ve worked my way around the cocktail buffet!


Manchester Town Hall Peter Sheppard — at Cocktails In The City


Gimme the facts!


With 18 pop up bars bought to you by Manchester’s finest bars and bartenders, 600 cocktail enthusiasts and over 1,500 cocktails, this year Cocktails in the City promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Food: The hippest operators in town Almost Famous

Music:  Enjoy the soulful sounds of Manchester’s finest Crazy P and Neil Diablo of El Diablos Social Club who will both be playing on the decks.

The Bars:  There are some new faces this year, including Neighbourhood and The Liquor Store whilst The Lord Mayor’s Parlour is turning into a rum lover’s Tiki Paradise courtesy of The Liars Club, Keko Moku and Hula.

You can also expect to see:

  • Mojo Bar
  • Sandinista
  • Apotheca
  • Socio Rehab
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Epernay Champagne Bar
  • The Violet Hour
  • Cloud 23
  • With more to be revealed!


Become an Expert:  The Liquorists (Manchester drinks consultancy) will be entertaining and educating – offering Enthusiast and Connoisseur ticket holders the chance to sip, savour and learn more about their favourite spirits with six different brands included at each tasting.

All visitors will be able to enjoy practical cocktail demonstrations on the main stage within the great hall whilst Cocktails in the City hosts will be on the floor entertaining and educating – I’m told ‘in unique and interesting ways’! Well there’s something to look forward to!

Last year 480 visitors made and enjoyed over 1,200 cocktails.


Manchester Town Hall Peter Sheppard — at Cocktails In The City


Manchester Town Hall Peter Sheppard — at Cocktails In The City



This year visitors can choose from a range of tickets


  • The Taster: £15 including entrance, two cocktails, main stage demonstrations, cocktail booklet.
  • The Enthusiast: £25 includes three cocktails, A Liquorists Tutored Tasting Session, main stage demonstrations and cocktail booklet.
  • The Connoisseur: £45 includes champagne cocktail reception, food from Almost Famous, three cocktails, A Liquorists tutored tasting session.


With so many pop up bars, it’s a great way to find out the who, where, what, why and how of all things cocktail in Manchester.


Manchester Town Hall Peter Sheppard — at Cocktails In The City


The best in show


Last year the bars competed for:

  • The best Overall winner (Won by Keko Moku & El Dorado Rum)
  • Personality of the show (Won by Johnboy Socio Rehab)
  • Cocktail of the show (Won by Gin Mare Strawberry Pepper Mule)
  • Stand of the show (Won by The Liars Club).


The judges


This year with new bars and brands involved the competition will be hotter than ever. And guess what! Our very own #MCRCocktailGirl and guest blogger Keeley Watts, will be joining the judging panel to represent 4Manchester Women.

She’ll be sitting alongside Viva Magazine, The Manchester Evening News and Drinks Enthusiast. Let’s hope she behaves herself!


Follow Cocktails In The City


To celebrate Manchester’s world beating cocktail scene the #MCRHEARTSCOCKTAILS hash tag is once again launched to raise awareness of the bustling Manchester bar scene. You can follow Cocktails in the City news on twitter (@Cocktailsinthec) and on Facebook.


Manchester Town Hall Peter Sheppard — at Cocktails In The City


Competition Time – win a pair of tickets


We want to know what you’d call your cocktail bar!

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

We’ve got a fantastic competition prize as an incentive, and one lucky reader who leaves a comment will be chosen at random as the winner.

So don’t be shy – Tom Cruise’s in the film Cocktail was Cocktails & Dreams. What would you call yours?


Manchester Town Hall Peter Sheppard — at Cocktails In The City


The Prize


We have one pair of Taster tickets to give away to Cocktails in the City (6pm – 10.30pm, 2nd May 2013).

Please note that entrants must be over 18 years.


Good luck!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Peter Sheppard – Cocktails in the City

This is not a sponsored blog post


By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.


Competition closing date: 9pm Thursday 25th April 2013.


The winners will be the first names selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Thursday 25th April 2013. The winner will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions, loquax and  Competitions Time. If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


Previous competition winners (6 months)


Kids say the funniest things – win a family ticket to LegoLand  (13th October 2012). Winner Natalie Holland.

Not doing Halloween – win a Baba+Boo bib (19th October 2012). Winner Karine Jade.

Tell us how you’ve supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month – win Bags of Style handbag (31st October 2012). Winner Vicky Robinson. 2nd Prize Kerry Kilmister

Manchester Tourist – win a mini break at The Oxnoble (1st November 2012). Winner Jo Healy.

Tell us about your first bike – win free bike hire and a meal (8th November 2012). Winner Catherine Thomas

What’s on the top of yours – win John Lewis goodies (13th November 2012). Winner Gerri Tennant, 2nd Prize Lemknip Pink, 3rd Prize Fran Morgan.

What’s your favourite piece of H&D Diamonds jewellery? (17th November 2012). Winner Elaine Stokes.

What’s on your children’s Christmas list – win John Lewis toys. Winner Sarah Foran. 2nd Prize Herb Appleby.

Unforgettable gift experiences – win a case of wine from Purple Gifts & Experiences (16th December 2012). Winner Becky Downey.

Vintage Beauty Parlour – win a calendar, £10 gift voucher and nail varnish (17th December 2012). Winner Eleanor Powell.

Proposal stories – win a jewellery cleaning kit from H&D Diamonds (7th January 2013). Winner Claire Davey.

Favourite childhood item of clothing – win nappy and t-shirt set from Baba+Boo (22nd January 2013). Winner Caroline James.

Opera stories – win tickets to the Opera (Carmen & Tosca) at The Manchester Opera House (20th February 2013). Winner Sue Robinson, 2nd Prize Liz Ferguson.

Favourite wine – win tickets to see The Three Wine Men (10th March 2013). Winners Petra Hora, Julie Fisher, Ruth Houlihan.


















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44 thoughts on “Cocktails in the City

  1. I would name my bar “FEATHERS!”
    They say “birds of a feather flock together…” and I know that I and my friends love to flock to our local for Strawberry Dakaries! I feel it’s also, a fun way, to suggest it is a ” cock- TAIL” bar!

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