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For most visitors, Winchester is best known for its vast history and important role in the development of the nation. But for a week at the beginning of February, the city will celebrate the history of the cocktail with a fun and innovative series of libation-themed events.

Throughout the city’s bars, cafés and restaurants, Winchester Cocktail Week will be celebrated through signature cocktails and a number of parties and special events. Festival participants will wear a special wristband to earn perks and discounts at the various participating businesses. The week offers a number of masterclasses and free tastings as well.

In an effort to bring some joy to cold winter nights, the event is being organised jointly by Winchester BID and local business Cabinet Rooms. Winchester BID is a local non-profit organisation that is committed to creating a better city for visitors, businesses and residents alike. Cabinet Rooms is well known for creating amazing experiences for food and drink lovers in the city.

Some of the various local businesses that will take part in the week include the Theatre Royal, River Cottage Canteen, Wykeham Arms, Vintage Hound, Toscanaccio, and The Mucky Duck. Additionally, you will find exciting activities at The Corner House, Forte Kitchen, Hotel du Vin, Chococo, Jeremy France Jewellers, No. 5 Bridge Street, The Green Man and Kyoto Kitchen.

The week’s festivities will end with a Grand Finale party at the Guildhall, but the party is more than just a chance to enjoy a great tipple; it will be a celebration of history and drinking. The party will start with the Victorian Age, make its way through the Jazz Age, the Wartime Years, and all the way through to the electric dreams of the 1980s. The event features good times, dancing and perfect cocktails.

Tickets for the event, including the Grand Finale, are on sale now. Winchester is located in the heart of Hampshire on the M3. Surrounded by some of the finest holiday cottages in Hampshire and the New Forest, the city is a must for those looking for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday escape.

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