Leeds bartenders mix it up at sold-out Cocktails in the City 2015

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THE BEST bartenders from across the city have been shaking things up at a cocktail competition.

Hundreds of people poured into Leeds Town Hall for the Cocktails in the City event, which showcases creative concoctions from 20 of Leeds’ best bars.

Kit Muir from Socio Rehab makes The French Connection Punch at Cocktails in the City at Leeds Town Hall.

Kit Muir from Socio Rehab makes The French Connection Punch at Cocktails in the City at Leeds Town Hall.

The sold-out event offered visitors the chance to sample a range of weird and wacky creations, from rum-inspired pies to chocolate-based drinks and sparklers set alight in an absinthe.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s City Buzz reporter was also one of the judges.

Other guest judges included Adam O’Neill from Capital Radio and Paul Smith, of Trinity Leeds.

City Buzz reporter Juliette Bains voted for MeatLiquor in the best overall experience category. It served up a Devil’s Share cocktail made with bourbon and maple syrup.

As well as the dozens of pop-up bars to browse, visitors also had the chance to sip cocktails in the clock tower, have prohibition drinks in the courtroom, sit in secret bars in the Victorian cells, tuck into a street food market in the crypt and get competitive in the games room.

Organiser Andrew Scutts said: “Leeds Town Hall has an amazing array of unique spaces. With some great new bars, exciting street food and music, it’s an even bigger and better 2015 following the success of last year.”

Cocktail demonstrations were held on the main stage for drinks fans to get to grips with how to make their own concoctions.

Some of the bars taking part in the event included The Maven Bar, Roast and Conch, Epernay, 314 in Progress, Cielo Blanco, Mojo, The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, Skylounge, Manahatta, The Alchemist, Jake’s Bar, Palm Sugar at Chaophraya, The Botanist, Malmaison, Roxy Ball Room, Black Swan, The Reform, The Pit and MeatLiquor.

For more on Cocktails in the City, visit www.cocktailsinthecity.co.uk.