Europe’s capital is preparing for some serious mixing! Finally, we say! From the 12th till the 17th of September no less than 20 cocktail bars in Brussels will seduce you with great cocktails, mind blowing workshops and spectacular guest bartending. So join the party and celebrate a passion for bartending and mixing drinks!
“We really wanted to organise something to bring everyone together in our own city,” explains Sophie Fence. The brilliant initiative comes from Leslie and Pierre from Green Lab Bar in Brussels. Apparently the idea grew after visiting BCB (Bar Convent Berlin) a few years in a row. “We always had a great time there and in the end we were a big crowd of bartenders from Brussels, ” says Sophie.
Well, putting bartenders together is always a good recipe for fun of course and BCB is obviously great. Seeing, meeting and getting to know your colleagues is vital for a local cocktail scene. You learn so much from each other, every bartender always has at least one tip or trick you’ve never heard of. And the stories, my god! Let three bartenders sit around one table and you can write a novel.
So, the idea as we see it is to unite the Brussels bartenders as one happy family that invites their Flemish and Walloon cousins to a seven day party of bartending passion. We’re very excited about that!
Here’s the program:
Opening Night @ GREEN LAB
You know, just warming up for the rest of the week.
Marco Mathieux guest bartending @ GREEN LAB
Marco Mathieux is the Belgian Commander of The Legion of The Cucumber (that means he represents Hendrick’s Gin) and has always been a great inspiration for the Brussels bartenders. Or as Sophie says: “he has always done a great job keeping us together and happy (and drunk).” Marco is very efficient about that, we’re a big fan!
La Prima Donna @ GREEN LAB
A new experience that mixes opera with cocktails by opera singer Diana Aivia.
La Flandre à Bruxelles: Naushad Rahamat guest bartending @ VERTIGO
Naushad from Cocktails at Nine is currently mixing his socks off in Mexico at Diageo World Class 2017 representing Belgium. Godspeed, mate!
La Flandre à Bruxelles: Olivier Jacobs guest bartending @ LA PHARMACIE ANGLAISE
Olivier Jacobs from Jigger’s needs no introduction I’m sure. He is one of the best and certainly the most influential bartender in Belgium.
Food & Cocktail pairing @ YI CHAN
Believe me, Yen Pham knows how to pair delicious food with great cocktails. We can still taste the Wagyu beef sushi and Eastern style Old Fashioned. Hell, we’re salivating on our keyboard again!
Alfonse Caravan Bar guest bartending @ GREEN LAB
Alfonse is a petite, charming caravan turned into a hip & trendy mobile bar.
Forgotten Spirits workshop by Hortense @ HORTENSE & HUMMUS
When Hortense arrived it was a real eye-opener for many bars in Brussels. The passion, creativity and attention to detail turned Hortense very quickly into an important influence for the Brussels cocktail scene.
L’Apéritif @ BAR AMIGO
This is self explanatory, it’s cocktail hour at Bar Amigo. The menu will focus on Italian liqueurs by Nardini. Ciaooo
Ladies Night with guest bartending by Marine LeBlanc @ ALICE COCKTAIL BAR
Marine, originally from France, now has a cocktail bar in Doornik called: Check-in Bar.
It’s ladies only, but I’ll be wearing my wife’s knickers, is that ok?
Afterwork en Ville @ ODETTE EN VILLE
This needs no explanation. A bartenders job is hard work and a large part of it is tasting of course! 😉
Olivier Delaunoy guest bartending @ GREEN LAB
Olivier is bartender at the Volga Bar in Liege and we must admit we haven’t visited it yet, but after seeing some photos it’s definitely on our list. Olivier will mix some curious Hendrick’s cocktails at the Hendrick’s in Wonderland event.
Craft beer cocktails @ DE HAUS
It is trending for a while now and it’s delicious, but it’s not easy to make beer cocktails. If you want to know and taste more drop by at De Haus.
Jameson Masterclass @ BLACK SHEEP
This needs no explanation, if you don’t know Jameson Whiskey you’re not from this planet, period.
Food & Cocktail Pairing @ CHEZ AUGUSTA
Also pretty straightforward. Augusta, by the way is European Restaurant in Brussels.
Marino Karinja guest bartending @ GREEN LAB
Marino normally works as a bartender in the Bokamorra Pizzaurant & Cocktails in Split, Croatia, but just for once he decided to join the Cucumber Legion and comms to our country to join the Hendrick’s in Wonderland event. By the way, if you have never visited Split before you should put it on your bucket list. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Tiki Night starring Guillaume Leblanc @ STOEFER
Believe me, this is going to be batshit insane! In a good way! Guillaume hails from France’s most famous Tiki bar: Le Dirty Dick. I’m not going to make jokes about the name, I’ll leave that entirely to your own imagination. Ready to have some liquid Tropical Exotica in your glass? Then you better save a seat.
Notte Italiano con Leonardo Leuci @ CIPIACE
Rather fancy some Italian style? Join the Notte Italiano at Cipiace. We all know Italians can party like no other, they’re professional pleasure seekers. I mean look at the ancient Romans and their parties! Leonardo is modern Roman and comes from the most famous speakeasy in Italy: The Jerry Thomas Project. A must visit.
A big party @ BIP called: Tap My Cocktail
With – believe it or not – craft cocktails on tap!
Blend @ HOTEL MARIVAUX
BLEND is a special event to showcase and bring together all the talents Brussels has in food, drinks and music. A sensory feast to close this exceptional week.
If you want to know more about the Brussels Cocktail Week please visit their Facebook Page here.