Shakes & the City 2019: Let battle commence

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

13 March 2019

That’s right, possums – Shakes & the City, the competition that establishes which thriving metropolis is the best cocktail city in the UK, is back for its fourth year. And we want YOU to field a team.

Each year the competition has gone from strength to strength, and in 2019 we’ll be hosting four heats across the UK in Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Bristol.

Each city needs to field a team of three bartenders, who will have seven minutes to present a drink that celebrates a specific moment in their city’s history.

Londoners may want to mark the Great Fire of London with their cocktail, while Liverpudlians could celebrate the first time the Beatles played the Cavern. Edinburgers might celebrate the start of the Edinburgh Festival in 1947. The choice, as they say, is yours.

The winning teams will go on to compete on Centre Stage at Imbibe Live on the 2 July – travel will be all-expenses-paid – and the winning team will walk away with a cool £1,000 prize.

In 2016 Birmingham took the top spot, in 2017 Bristol triumphed, and in 2018 it was Edinburgh that snagged the prize (as pictured in the lovely image above). Will it be your home city next?

Anyone who is interested in pulling a team together should contact this year’s Shakes & the City coordinator, Julian de Feral, on by Friday 5 April.

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