Cocktail Masterclasses in Manchester

One should never mix one's drinks... except at our Cocktail Masterclasses.

Join us to discover the very finest creative concoctions with tastings, demonstrations, and the chance to recreate your favourites.

The class starts with a welcome cocktail on arrival, followed by a spirit tasting and detailed exploration of the best base components for a cocktail. Then, learn how to make and shake three signature cocktails (with tastings, of course) before trying your hand at mixing up your own. Each month is different, focused around a specific theme and ingredient, so you can visit more than once. In fact, you can visit every single month of the year should you so wish, we’re not stopping you.

Make the most of your Saturday afternoon and join us after the class for a three course lunch in the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie.

Cocktail Masterclasses
Fridays: 6pm
Saturdays: 11am
£30 per person
or £45 including a three course lunch, available on Saturdays.

THEMES

FEBRUARY: MODERN CLASSICS
With the cocktail world always developing, join us as we create cocktails that in recent years have found their way onto cocktail lists all over the world. Includes a Bramble, Pornstar Martini and an Espresso Martini.
Friday 28th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 22nd, and 29th at 11am – Book Now

MARCH: RUM ON THE HIGH SEAS
Escape to the crystal clear seas of the Caribbean as we explore the golden age of seafaring. From the Royal Navy’s dominance to legendary pirates. Sip refreshing rum cocktails as we learn how the spirit kept these ships afloat and gave birth to the most powerful nation in the world. Includes a Daiquiri, Mai Tai and Mojito.
Friday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 7st, 14th, 21st and 28th at 11am – Book Now

APRIL: VODKA
Vodka and cocktails are the perfect match. Join us as we explore this spirits history from relative obscurity to becoming the mixologists go to spirit. Includes an Espresso Martini, Moscow Mule and a Cosmopolitan.
Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 4st, 11th, 18th and 25th at 11am – Book Now

MAY: SPARKLE SPARKLE
Everyone enjoys a bit of fizz in their drinks! Join us as we explore the classic cocktails created through the ages, all crafted with a bit of sparkle.
Includes a Bellini, Classic Champagne cocktail and a Harvey Nichols Signature
Friday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rdand 30th at 11am – Book Now

JUNE: HIDDEN GEMS
With all the cocktails out there, it’s hard to try them all. Join us as we explore the unsung heroes of the cocktail world.
Includes a Caiphrinia, Pisco sour and an Aviation
Friday 5st, 12th, 19th and 26th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 11am – Book Now

JULY: SWEAT TREATS
For those with a sweet tooth, we’ll be rustling up all manner of delicious and bright cocktails decidedly on the sweeter side of things.
Includes a Clover club, Pornstar and a Serendipity.
Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th 24th and 31st at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th at 11am – Book Now

AUGUST: THE APERITIVO
Join us as we celebrate the classic pre-dinner Aperitif/ Aperitivo cocktails known all over the world. These beautiful palate cleansers and taste bud openers are the perfect easy drinking option before a quick bite to eat.
Includes a Aperol spritz, peach Bellini and a Kir royale.
Friday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 11am – Book Now

SEPTEMBER: GIN
As the Gin renaissance continues, we chart the history of this unique spirit. Discover how this spirit started life across the seas before becoming the scourge of London, as well as it’s years of obscurity leading to a golden age of artisan spirits and colour pink.
Includes a Tom Collins, Bramble and a Harvey Nichols Signature
Friday 4th, 11th, 18st and 25th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 11am – Book Now

OCTOBER: HARVEY NICHOLS SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Join us as we present our special cocktail menu, designed especially for you by the Second Floor Bar team. Learn about the creative process and thought process behind the creation of our signature cocktails. Guaranteed to include some truly unique drinks.
Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24thand 31st at 11am – Book Now

NOVEMBER: ‘TIS THE SEASON
…to be jolly! So what better way to get into the spirit than to join us for our festive masterclasses. Familiar festive flavours and winter warmers take centre stage as we unwrap the best Christmas cocktails in town.
Friday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 6pm – Book Now
Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 11am – Book Now

To book your place or for more information regarding dates and themes, please call +44 161 828 8898 or email secondfloor.reservations@harveynichols.com

Please note Cocktail Masterclasses are for over 18s only.