MR BLACK UNVEILS LONDON’S FIRST ESPRESSO MARTINI FESTIVAL
Celebrating London’s late-night coffee culture with one of the world’s most iconic
Imagine my excitement, when I heard that Mr Black is hosting London’s first ever Espresso Martini Festival – my favourite cocktail ever!
Mr. Black, are launching London’s first festival expressly dedicated to the espresso martini. Mr. Black’s Espresso Martini Festival will run from 10-12 August celebrating the capital’s most famous cocktail export and including some of the most prestigious cocktail bars.
WHO’S TAKING PART
Stand-out bars taking part include the award-winning Milk & Honey, Jason Atherton’s Blind Pig, the hugely successful Grind venues as well as many other outstanding venues such as Cocktail Trading Company, Original Sin, 46 & Mercy, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings and all the London Cocktail Clubs.
ESPRESSO MARTINI INVENTION
The apocryphal story of the espresso martini is almost as famous as the drink
itself. Legendary barman Dick Bradsell invented the drink whilst working at
Brasserie Soho in the 1980s, responding to a request from a patron for a drink to
“wake me up and then fuck me up”. Dick Bradsell sadly passed away in February 2016, but his influence on the London drinks scene will endure for decades to come.
Mr. Black Founder, Tom Baker says: “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. 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.”
“Coffee is one of those things that runs deep with people – like sex and religion –
so we use our festival as an opportunity to bring people together and indulge a
little. We had huge success with the inaugural festival down in Melbourne last year,
with tickets for the Friday night session selling out in 60 seconds – so we thought
we’d give it a spin here in London.”
Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival
Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 August 2017
Grab your £10 digital pass for £5 Espresso Martinis this weekend.
Author: Marie Ellis
People say write about what you know. So I did. I founded Broke Girl in the City – a smart girl’s guide to leading a fabulous lifestyle on a budget! A career spanning entertainment, bars & nightclubs (and frequenting them), film, music and TV, there isn’t much I don’t know about how to have fun in the city when completely broke.