There's An Espresso Martini Festival Coming To London
Dubbed Mr Black’s Espresso Martini Festival, the three day event will celebrate London’s most famous cocktail export.
Launched by Mr. Black, the coffee liqueur company and DrinkUp.London, the festival will see fifty cocktail bars across the capital serving up £5 variations on the drink. Bars taking part include Milk & Honey, Original Sin, Jason Atherton’s Blind Pig alongside the Grind venues and all the London Cocktail Clubs.
Invented by barman Dick Bradsell whilst working at Brasserie Soho in the 1980s, Bradsell is said to have a request from a customer for a drink to ‘Wake me up and then fuck me up,’ leading to the creation of the now legendary cocktail. Speaking of which, these are the best espresso martinis in London.
Espresso Martini Festival
‘London keeps step with the world’s 24-hour cities for nightlife and cocktail excellence, so it’s no surprise the legendary espresso martini has its origins in Soho,’ says Mr Black Founder, Tom Baker. ‘If we were ever going to expand our espresso martini festival outside of our home country of Australia then it had to be London. Brits have embraced coffee culture in a big way and the espresso martini means Londoners’ caffeine hits can run all day and into the night.’
To take part you need to buy a £10 festival pass via DrinkUp.London and then download the free app to search for the bars taking part. Once signed up, simply flash your festival pass at each participating bar to enjoy cocktails at any time from the 10th to the 12th of August for just £5.