Bristol Cocktail Weekend, the city’s inaugural showcase of mixology, saw 32 venues across the city create signature cocktails to offer to wristband holders for just £6. Brought to Bristol by drink and dining connoisseurs, Living For The Weekend, and supported by the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), the event provided visitors with four days of drink, food and adventure as they toured the city trying each bar’s exclusive offering. 

Each venue was tasked with creating something new for the occasion, and each drink was entered into the running for Bristol Cocktail Weekend’s Cocktail of the Year 2023. 

Created by James Hutin, Bar Supervisor at Flight Club, the winning concoction named Nunya Beeswax is a blend of Herradura Reposado Tequila, Beesou Honey Aperitif, Peach Puree and Lemon, and is a truly tasty tipple worthy of the crown. 

The trophy-winning cocktail has now been made available to the public, so all visitors to Flight Club can sample this special drink. It is available throughout October as a special, for £10.50, and will then be added to Flight Club’s permanent menu in the new year! 

James Hutin, creator of Flight Club’s winning cocktail, said: “Winning feels absolutely  fantastic. I visited a lot of venues during the event to try their cocktails and thought they were fabulous. I wasn’t expecting to win but I’m so happy that we did. It’s an incredible feeling and I hope I’ve made my team, and the wider Flight Club team, proud.”

Alongside votes from those who purchased tickets, scoring  was undertaken by a panel of industry professionals from across the world. First was Tyler Zielinski, a global drinks professional best known for his journalistic works and for being a finalist in numerous international bartending competitions. Oli Dodd, a member of the editorial team at Drinks International, was the second judge, bringing his experience as a reporter into the mix. And finally, Charli Tommey completed the line-up, using the experience she has gained from managing the UK Top 50 Cocktail Bar list, amongst other Top 50 hospitality line-ups, to inform her decision as the panel worked their way through the 30+ entrants. 

Living For The Weekend’s ’s Founder and Director, Alex Nicholson-Evans, said: “With so many amazing signature cocktails on offer from our participating venues, the judges and our festival go-ers had their work cut out for them to pick a winner! Bristol Cocktail Weekend was a real success and we’re thrilled that Flight Club Bristolwere able to have their stand-out moment.”

The fairground-inspired venue darted its way onto Bristol’s Corn Street in the summer of 2021 as a vibrant gaming bar attracting wannabe darts champions and cocktail-lovers alike to enjoy their varied menu. Since then, the venue has gone from strength to strength and is a favourite among locals and visitors to the city. 

Vicky Lee, Head of Bristol City Centre BID, said: “Bristol Cocktail Weekend 2023 has been a really great opportunity for the amazing hospitality venues in Bristol to have a moment in the spotlight. We’re spoiled for choice for places to eat and drink in Bristol, and the whole weekend, as well as the announcement of the winner, has been a perfect way to highlight and celebrate this.”




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