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Workshops, a pub crawl and special menus mark  Cocktail Week

The Bangalore Cocktail Week kicks off tonight, after successfull editions in Mumbai and Delhi. The week long festival, promising a celebration of all things cocktails, includes mixology classes and pub crawls featuring some of the best pubs in the city.
“The need to change the drinking culture of the city drove us to work on this powerful concept which is accepted globally,” says Archit Singhal the founder of the event. “We believe the cocktail industry can only grow if we share our knowledge and increase our standard. We plan to create Bangalore Cocktail Week as the ultimate platform to enjoy cocktails in a pocket-friendly way, learn about different aspects of cocktails and experience world class concoctions.”
Over 25 bars in the city are participating in the festival. The venues will be serving signature cocktails (all priced at `300). The opening party is at Shiro, UB City tonight. The week will see masterclasses (priced at `600) every afternoon where guests can learn about various liquors and spirits. You can take your pick of masterclasses from gin, whiskey, beer and cocktails, which will focus on the everything from the art of pouring a perfect drink to the secrets of mixology. The venues for these include Hard Rock Cafe, Watson’s, Social Offline, Biere Club, and Hangover. Celebrity bartenders like Jamie Walker, Andrew Quadari and Hemanth Mundkur will be part of the festival. There is even a bartending competition at Bootlegger this Wednesday.
The organisers have put together a pub crawl (`1,000) in Indiranagar, which includes stops at popular pubs like The Black Rabbit, Liber, Cirrus and Loft 38.
The festival is not just for cocktail lovers but also to introduce beer drinkers and others to the fun side of enjoying a cocktail. The aim is to get people to play around and experiment with their own cocktails. “Get yourself a peg measure and a cocktail shaker to make cool cocktails at home,” recommends Singhal.

Till September 2. Details: dineout.co.in

— Anagha M

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