It's no surprise that Leeds has been announced as Lonely Planet's fifth top place to visit in Europe, with far from a shortage of restaurants, pubs and superb bars across the city.

Coming back for it's fifth year, Leeds Loves Cocktails is a huge event spanning across many of the  bars we know (or often, haven't had the chance to visit yet) and love. Although I've previously heard of the festival, I've not ventured to any of the organised events... until this year.

Leeds Loves Cocktails - cocktail festival | The Dress Diaries

After a fab introduction to the festival a couple of weeks ago at the hub (Headrow House) I'm excited to get involved with some of the events happening around my home town.

One aim of the event is to encourage the people of Leeds (and Manchester and Nottingham in their own Loves Cocktails events) to:

 'drink better not more'

With many well-loved involved such as Grey Goose, Jack Daniels, Absolut and Bathtub Gin, it's easy to create some smashing cocktail experiences using quality spirits.

Here's a few of the notable events you should check out this week...

Wednesday 7th June 1.45 - 3.15pm

Creativity and Innovation

Portobello Road Gin & The American Bar at The Savoy present Creativity vs. Innovation at Manahatta Greek Street. Join Jake Burger & Joe Lewis-White for an in-depth discussion on how inimitable brands withstand the test of time and stay true to their values, whilst simultaneously & consistently pushing the envelope. Digest their thoughts & pick their brains, whilst you sip a gin cocktail or two, of course.

Wednesday 7th June - 7 - 10pm

Nordes Gin Supper

Drinks Development manager Matt Coates & Executive Chef Greg Lewis bring you a 3 course tasting/ pairing menu with dishes and Nordes signature serves carefully created to compliment the botanicals and flavours of this incredible aromatic Galician gin. Pre booking essential.
(contact Pintura for further information and booking details)

Thursday 8th June - 6pm/7.30pm/9pm

 Hendricks Bar Takeover - The Society of Poetical Musings

Poets, artists, creatures of the underworld - The Society of Poetical Musings will take place at The Maven in Leeds on the 8th & 9th June. Join us and sup curious cocktails between each salacious stanza, then return to your humdrum house conversing in couplets.  Booking only.
(for all booking information please contact The Maven)

Saturday 10th June - 2-4pm

Kennedy Meadows takeover by Sir Robin of Locksley

Join us at Headrow House to explore the unique taste of Sir Robin of Locksley Gin. Spend the afternoon enjoy samples and cocktails, special designed for Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017.

Find out more of the scheduled events on the website and let me know if you fancy visiting any of them. The wristbands for the entire festival cost £10 (plus booking fee) or £5 if you're a lucky student - and this gets you access to all events as well as selected £5 cocktails throughout the week, so well worth the investment!

Will you be heading to any of the events?



Disclaimer: I was kindly invited to the press event for LLC and had a bloody great time.
All opinions are my own and I'll be heading there anyway because GIN.