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Belfast Cocktail Week: Everything you need to know

Belfast is set to host a week-long festival aimed at cocktail lovers.

With a huge programme of events lined up for the inaugural event, here's everything you need to know:

When does Belfast Cocktail Week take place?

Belfast Cocktail Week will run from October 16-22.

What bars will be taking part in the Festival?

Bars taking part in the Belfast Cocktail Week include:

  • The Cocktail Bar and Berts Jazz Bar at The Merchant
  • The National Grande Café and Club Sixty6
  • Bullitt Hotel
  • Bootleggers
  • Muriel’s Café Bar
  • The Spaniard
  • Babel

What kind of events are on offer?

There is long list of events taking place around Belfast Cocktail week, but here are a few of the highlights you won't want to miss:

1. Bar Swift Takeover: The Merchant Hotel, October 16 - 19, 6pm

Fresh from a big win at the Spirited Awards, London’s bar Swift will take up a special residency in The Merchant Hotel’s Cocktail Bar for a takeover, with cocktails such as the Sgroppino (Lemon sorbet, prosecco, Italicus), and their renowned Irish coffees on offer.

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2. An Evening with Glendalough Gin: Muriels Café Bar, October 16, 7pm

Wicklow’s Glendalough Distillery will bring its range of seasonal, wild botanical gins to Muriels Café Bar, celebrating the tradition and heritage of the Irish gin trade with an evening hosted by the craft gin distillery.

3. A tribute to Joe Gilmore: Bootleggers, October 16, 7pm

Raise a glass to local legend and Belfast born bartender during this tribute night.

Joe Gilmore was one of the longest running Head Barmen at London’s five-star Savoy Hotel and mixed drinks for film stars, prime ministers and presidents during his career.

4. Luggage Room Takeover: Sixty6, October 17, 7pm

Mayfair comes to Sixty6 to give guests the best hospitality the West End has to offer.  Join the team to enjoy a bespoke cocktail menu that has been developed especially by The Luggage Room in the Marriot Hotel, London.

5. Plantation Rum Tiki Takeover: The Spaniard, October 18, 7pm

Sample a taste of the Caribbean with an evening of exotic rum from Jamaica, Barbados and Panama with renowned spirits expert and Plantation Rum Brand Ambassador, Paul McFadyen.

6. An Evening with Eden Mill Gin: Muriels Café Bar, October 19, 7pm

A representative of the Eden Mill Distillery will make the journey from Scotland for a tasting evening of premium Scottish gins, including its famous Pink Love Gin.

7. Tanqueray Ten Takeover Prohibition Party: Bert’s Jazz Bar, October 19, 8pm

Take a step back in time and enjoy a night of classic cocktails made with the help of The Tanqueray Ten Imperial Shaker.

Guests can also enjoy live music with Long John’s Jump and Jive Band and dinner surrounded by the Art Deco glamour of 1930s New York. 

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8. Acceptable in the 80's: Bootleggers, October 19, 7pm

Don your best 80s fashion and enjoy a twist on the most popular cocktails of the time including the Blue Lagoon and Pina Colada. 

Don’t forget to request your favourite tunes from the DJ who will be spinning out top hits such as Livin’ on a Prayer, Billie Jean and Sweet Child O’ Mine.

9. Swift Farewell Rooftop Party: The Merchant Hotel’s Rooftop Bar, October 20, 8pm

For a fitting end to a week-long residency, Bar Swift will take over at The Merchant Rooftop to host a farewell shindig with live traditional music throughout the night.

Ticket price includes a welcome drink and all proceeds go to The Benevolent charity that provides help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry and their families.

10. Tristan Stephenson: Sixty6, October 22, 6pm

Guest speaker, author of the Curious Bartender range of cocktail books and award-winning bartender, Tristan Stephenson, will host a seminar exploring the art of mixing the perfect cocktail in Sixty6. 

The famed bartender will give guests an exclusive opportunity to taste contemporary and classic cocktails with his own unique twist.

Bookings for this event include a drink and ticket to the after party.

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How much do the events cost?

Most of the events at Belfast Cocktail Week are free, but you will need to reserve your space in advance.

For information on ticketed events, visit

Will Belfast Cocktail Week be an annual event?

We hope so!

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