12 of the best Leeds cocktail making classes
12 of the Best Leeds Cocktail Making Classes
How do you make a cocktail bar even more fabulous? Grab a shaker, a group of friends, and make them yourself! Cocktail making in Leeds has never been so hot, turning a simple night out into a unique experience, leaving you with the crucial life skills of good drink mixing. With so many great Leeds cocktail masterclasses, there’s one for everyone – most include gorgeous little nibbles and all have a dedicated mixologist waiting to whisper the secrets of the perfect Cosmo or shaken Martini.
We’ve put together a list of 14 of the best Leeds cocktail making classes, for every budget and group – whether it be you and a few friends, a stylish birthday party or a hen-do of 40 strong!
Bookable as a private party, The Botanist’s Leeds cocktail making classes are an intimate affair in the bar’s subdued lighting. Hosted by an expert Botanist, in your private area, enjoy The Botanist Cocktail upon arrival as you dive mouth first into the creation of three decadent cocktails: The English Mojito (or Thai Chilli Crush, if you’re daring), the Botanist Pornstar and to finish, the Yuzu & Cherry Cosmo.
The Botanist pride themselves on fun and encourage competitive play through the evening between your party, making it perfect for birthdays, hen-dos and raucous family gatherings!
67 Boar Ln, Leeds, LS1 6HW – 0113 205 3240
Two or more can join Harvey Nichols’ boujie cocktail making class to learn all the secrets of the perfect shaken delight. All the classes are different – changing with the seasons for a Porn Star Martini in Spring, tart Margarita in Summer and an effortlessly cool French 75 in autumn, among others.
After a drink on arrival, their expert mixologist guides you through spirit tasting, an exploration of base components and the making of three sensational, seasonal cocktails. To finish, you can create your own signature drink with the plethora of ingredients available, taking that knowledge with you to wow friends at your next drinks party!
For your special occasion, Harvey Nichols Leeds also offers Private Cocktail Masterclasses for parties of six or more. Why not visit their Brasserie after your cocktail making class, as one of the best restaurants in Leeds it is the perfect way to round off your visit.
107-111 Briggate Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor, Leeds, LS1 6AZ – 0113 204 8000
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A unique space, The Maven is hidden away on Call Lane, hiding its cocktail making secrets like a dragon on his treasure – but no longer! The dedicated mixologists at The Maven are evangelical about their drinks and are now preaching their gospel through a class that takes in every tenet of cocktail making, from the base to the shake to the sip. After experiencing the majesty of one of their cocktail masterclasses, why not come back for a spirit or wine tasting night, to get the full spectrum of drinks?
1 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7DH – 0113 242 3966
Cocktails are the lifeblood of Thewlis. Located on the swish Park Row, they create a luxurious, decadent environment which is the perfect accompaniment to their astonishing array of cocktails. Cocktail making in Leeds gets intimate here. With sweeping booths and low tables, it’s idyllic for big groups wanting to let the conversation and drinks flow freely, while also learning something about the art of mixology. Packages can be arranged around the tastes and tipples of your group, creating a bespoke experience.
18 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JA
Bar Soba has spent years fine-tuning its Leeds cocktail masterclass, distilling them into four tiers of ungodly hedonism and fun. Soba is great for cocktail making in Leeds that offers you a good choice of packages. Parties of eight or more guests will experience industry-grade mixology training, spending 90 minutes creating three heady cocktails and sipping their work along the way.
The Bronze package, at £25, is the Original Bar Soba Cocktail Class, including three cocktails. Their Silver Package, at £30, includes the Original Class plus delicious canapés served afterwards. With the Gold Package, at £40, you can experience the Original Class of three cocktails, in addition to a two-course meal. Or, for enjoyment in extremis, their Platinum Package, at £45, encompasses the Original full 90-minute class with three cocktails, along with a tasty three-course meal, leaving your whole party satisfied and amazed.
6 Greek St, Leeds, LS1 5RW – 0113 345 3393
Cocktail masterclasses at Leeds’ Mojo are messy, explosive fun. You’ll be guided by award winning bartenders throughout a two hour fun filled (and booze filled!) masterclass that will teach you how to stir in style, and also learn a thing or two about the history of cocktails and cocktail making.
You can join Mojo’s Leeds cocktail masterclass on Friday and Saturday, where you’ll shake cocktails, stir martinis, and most importantly, taste the fruits of your labour, not to mention the cocktail making competitions. Learning shouldn’t be this fun. You’ll pay a fixed rate of £30 per head, and if you’re looking for the full mojo experience, you can throw in some tasty eats for just £9.95 per person.
18 Merrion St, Leeds, LS1 6PQ – 0113 360 4810
A theatrical experience like no other, The Alchemist knows how to turn a great cocktail into a show-stopping delight. Surrounded by the vapour trails of dry ice, you and a group of 6 to 16 (minimum of 8 on Saturdays) will enjoy a drink, a class and a true performance as the talented mixologists throw bottles and create sparks. In a private area of the venue, your dedicated bartender greets you with a Peaches and Cream on arrival and talks you through the artistry of shaking, not stirring.
Package 1, at £30, guides you through the dance of making The Legal One and Screwball. Package 2, at £35, includes the same cocktails but is upgraded with The Alchemists social sharing platters and gorgeous little bar nibbles.
Level 1, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, LS1 6HW – 0113 246 0540
Blind Tyger has a strong Gatsby feel to it which we just adore. Great for a nightcap with its cosy décor and quiet booths, it is even better for its classic Leeds cocktail making. The mixologists use the finest ingredients from the four corners of the globe, which is a real treat to work with when creating your own cocktail and learning the tricks of the classics. The cocktail masterclass makes it a perfect venue in Leeds for 6-12 of you and your friends to soak up the soul, jazz and blues from the speakers, and heady liquids from the glasses.
5 Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP – 0113 246 0770
Smoke Stack offers the best cocktail making in Leeds when it comes to variety – with three very different classes to choose from, you can visit again and again. Their first course is the DIY masterclass, giving you the wealth of freedom to make the drink you’ve always secretly craved. A rum-spiked Margarita? A pomegranate Martini? The bar is your oyster. The second package explores the roaring 20’s with drinks straight from America’s prohibition era. Delve into a refreshing Horse’s Neck highball or a lip-smacking Bee’s Knees cocktail. Or perhaps you love Gin? Their crash course Juniper Journey will give you an idea of its history, and finish in some delicate juniper scented tipples!
159A Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LY – 0113 245 2222
The dark gold finishing and clandestine feel of The Dirty Martini bar might make you feel like the villain in a Bond film, but after the experience, you’ll have all the sophistication of 007 himself! The Dirty Martini team offer two bespoke cocktail making packages, each imbued with the gentleman’s club vibe of Bond and Mrs Moneypenny.
With their Leeds Cocktail Masterclass Package, enjoy a Bellini Cocktail on arrival and some divine sharing platters as you chat to the dedicated bartender and learn the secrets of The Dirty Martini bar. After this, from behind the bar, you can spend an hour and a half trying your hand at making (and drinking!) two delicious cocktails. Their Espresso Martini Masterclass is a homage to that classic drink, the Espresso Martini. Enjoy one of the infamous drinks on arrival and then get hands-on with the bartender as you make both the Mocha and Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis.
31 King St, Leeds LS1 2HL – 0113 468 9488
High up in the rolling glass hills of the Trinity shopping centre, Angelica offers you the chance to filter the sunset through cocktails and laughter. They have an extensive list of cocktails from Aperol Spritz, Pina Colada to their own signature creations such as the Bittersweet Romance with Rum, Honey and Amaro Montenegro Liqueur – choose your favourite and enjoy the masterclass.
However, don’t relax too soon as the race is about to begin – this is cocktail making in Leeds with a touch of competition. The Master Bartender will be marking you on speed, finesse and service in a winner-takes-all race between your friends – The Sunset Shake Off! Do you have what it takes? Available for up to 15 guests, at £35 per guest.
Trinity, 70 Boar Ln, Leeds, LS1 6HW – 0113 897 0099
Join the team at Liquor Studio where you’ll learn to create 3 bespoke cocktails, created by their award-winning team behind popular Leeds bar, Hedonist. Learn how to mix, muddle & shake up a range of drinks to the highest standard from a range of premium quality ingredients at your very own purpose-built cocktail station.
How did the Espresso Martini come about? Where does the name ‘Cocktail’ come from? Find out some interesting cocktail facts from their mixologists as they entertain you between tipples! Classes are available on Fridays and Saturdays, priced from £30 per person.
156a Lower Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY – 0113 243 9940
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