You know what they say, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere”, so here’s a treat for you: the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Whether you’re planning a hen party in Stratford-upon-Avon, looking for the best Stratford-upon-Avon cocktail bars, or simply gearing up for a few drinks in one of our welcoming town-centre venues, Stratfordblog’s top 5 guides you towards the best drinks experiences in Stratford.
Top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon
One of the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon: A Cocktail Masterclass at The RSC
Learn how to mix it, shake it, and stir it like a pro with this fun-filled cocktail experience at the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. You’ll discover how to make a couple of the best cocktails on the menu, which includes classics such as Martinis and Bellinis, all with a special RSC twist of course, as well as a spot of cocktail history. Every day’s a school day.
At just £14.95 per person for two cocktails (the one you make and the one the professional server whips up for you) and with incredible views of Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond from the third-floor bar of the RSC building (the cocktail bar is in the Rooftop Restaurant), this is a great-value cocktail experience in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Allow up to an hour for a Cocktail Masterclass at the RSC. They are available Monday to Friday from 8pm and must be booked in advance, by calling 01789 403449. See more here.
One of the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon: Wine Tasting at Veeno
Be bewildered by the wine menu no more! Banish the bafflement when you book a wine tasting experience at Stratford-upon-Avon’s newest wine bar: the beautifully rustic Veeno Italian Wine Café in Bell Court.
These guys know their wine – they should, the chain was set up five years ago by Italians Nino and Andrea, who missed the Italian ritual of a nibble, a natter and a drink after work, while the wine comes from the family vineyard in Sicily set up by Nino’s great grandfather. How’s that for heritage?
You can go for one of three wine tasting experiences: Classic from £19.90 per person, Selezione from £26.90 or Blind from £28.90. Parties can be as cosy as two, apart from the Blind experience, which is for six or more. The Classic experience includes tasters of two whites, three reds, a sharing platter of appetisers, sweet wine and tiramisu. See here for more details and to book.
One of the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon: Fizz Friday at The Dirty Duck
While this isn’t a drinks experience as such, having drinks at The Dirty Duck is a Stratford-upon-Avon experience in itself. And if you’re here on a Friday, don’t miss the fantastic fizz offers.
With a near 300-year history and a snug spot on Waterside, just along from Stratford’s main theatres, The Dirty Duck (also known as The Black Swan) has been a favoured watering hole of actors, crew members, and theatregoers for decades. Outside, there’s a pleasant elevated terrace, while inside, the charmingly higgledy-piggledy bar area is lined with photos signed by acting greats, including Dame Judi Dench.
Back to that fizz though: all day Friday you can buy a bottle of prosecco for £9.99 or take advantage of 2-4-1 on fizz cocktails, which are only £4.49 each. The catch? There’s no catch. Just drink responsibly, obviously. See more here.
One of the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon: Bottomless Bubbles at The Encore
That’s right: Bottomless Bubbles. As much prosecco as you can (sensibly) enjoy, plus two courses of tasty food from the nice folks at The Encore, which is conveniently located on the corner of Waterside and Bridge Street. All for £29.95 per person.
This is meant to be a stylish celebration, not a challenge, and the offer runs for two hours once you’ve ordered, but this is a really fun way to kick-start the weekend.
The Bottomless Bubbles drinks experience runs at The Encore in Stratford-upon-Avon every Friday from midday until 9pm and Saturday, midday-5pm. Find out more here.
One of the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon: Craft and Cocktail Club at Hooray’s
Crafts, cocktails, and someone else to tidy away the sequins and the glitter? To a growing band of Stratford-upon-Avon clientele, this is Friday-night perfection.
The Craft and Cocktail Club takes over Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen in High Street on the first Friday of each month. For £18.50 per person, you get your first cocktail, help and materials to make three unique crafts (from make-up bags to bath bombs), and a barrel of laughs along the way, with more cocktails available at the bar.
Brilliant for hen parties in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Craft and Cocktail Club is also cracking fun for anyone wanting to meet new friends, learn a few skills and enjoy a fabulous Friday night. The events can sell out, so book here.
Other drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon
You can also book cocktail classes from £25 per person at All Bar One, another of Bell Court’s recent additions to Stratford-upon-Avon’s nightlife scene.
Want all the fun and fanfare of cocktails and fizz at your own event? Stratford-upon-Avon-based Sip ‘n’ Swig offers bespoke mobile bars, tasting events and cocktail classes where you are – whether that’s at home, in a holiday rental, a corporate or wedding venue, or even a workplace (for that Friday feeling at the desk!).
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