The first day of the fifth Leeds Loves Cocktails festival kicked off in style last night (Monday 5 June) at the Tiki Hideaway, which was itself celebrating its sixth birthday.
For one night only, one of the world’s best Tiki bars and London celeb-hotspot MAHIKI took over, with Bar Manager, Georgi Radev, showing the cocktail-lovers of Leeds how it’s done! The one-of-a-kind collaboration marked the milestone of Tiki Hideaway’s six years on Call Lane, a go-to bar destination for weekend drinks in Leeds. Since its opening, Tiki Hideaway has made its mark as a well-known institution, loved for its tropical mix of rum-based cocktails served up in everything from pineapples and coconuts to treasure chests filled with gold coins. It therefore seemed only fitting that on its birthday night, Tiki Hideaway was joined by Leeds Loves Cocktails, which was offering up Pusser’s Rum cocktails for just £5.00 all night.
As part of the Leeds Loves Cocktails festival (5-11 June) no less than 36 of the finest cocktails venues in Leeds city centre have come together to produce a jam packed week of events including tastings, dinners, workshops, parties and much more, all partnered by select brands from around the world.
Getting involved in Leeds Loves Cocktails couldn’t be easier. Wristbands can be purchased online for £10 (trade, student and early bird concessions are available) before being collected from the designated cocktail hub in the city centre at Jakes Bar & Still Room. Wristband holders can then enjoy unlimited £5 cocktails at participating bars and gain exclusive access to all of the events throughout the week.
Loves Cocktails was launched in 2013 by cocktail professional and drinks entrepreneur Nick Fox. The aim of the festival is to encourage drinkers to ‘drink better, not more’ by indulging in the finest cocktails and sampling the highest-quality spirit brands, as well showcasing the calibre of bars and industry talent in the North of England. Having launched in Leeds, the festival expanded into Manchester in 2016, while 2017 promises the festival’s most exciting year yet as it launches in two new cities: Nottingham and Liverpool.
For more information on the bars and brands involved in the festival visit: ovescocktails.co.uk/leeds/bars-and-brands/