Just like past editions, Lagos Cocktail Week 2018 showcased some of the best in the Nigerian cocktail industry.

Attended by the leading voices in the sector, the 3-day event ran from Tuesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Federal Palace hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.

The event provided a platform for several homegrown and international drinks brands to showcase, while a cross-section of professionals in cocktails and events space received training and networking opportunities.

The cocktail week which kicked off with a Bar crawl on Thursday, October 4 started its main event with a conference on October 16 for food, beverage, and cocktail industry enthusiasts.


On the panel of speakers where international speakers such as Alexis Brown of Causing a Stir, US and Mihalis Minckovskis. Other speakers include Shina Peller, Ronke Bamisedun, Uzo Orimalade, Elizabeth Oputa and a host of others.

The 3-day event rounded off with a high octane and well-attended Bar Battle and Cocktail Industry Awards on October 18.

Hosted by comedian Tee-A, the event was attended by a host of celebrities and influencers, including Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, Onobello, Elizabeth Isiorho, Taofeek Okoya, Chef Fregz, Scarlet Gomez, Steve Chuks, Nonso Bassey, Asa’ah Samuel, Sharon Ooja, Bollylomo, Denola Grey, Sharon Ojong, Kayla Oniwo, and Lydia Lawrence.

After a night of battles between mixologists from several of the leading bars and clubs in Lagos, Philip Essang of Nok by Alara came out the winner of the Lagos Cocktail Week 2018 “Bar Battle”, winning a cash prize of N200,000.

Winners of the Cocktail Industry Awards and their category Include:

- Best Cocktail Bar: R.S.V.P

- Best Indigenous spirit brand with global focus: Grand Oak, Seaman's Schnapps

- Best Hotel Bar: Sky Lounge, Eko hotel.

- Mobile cocktail bar of the year: Cocktails in and out

- Best Drink/ Spirit marketing campaign: Campari, Make It Red

Speaking on the outstanding success of LCW2018, founder Lara Rawa said, “The 5th edition of the Lagos Cocktail Week is a proof that the Nigerian Cocktail Industry has grown beyond Nigeria and Africa, and is raising industry experts that infuse both indigenous and international knowledge to grow their individual brand as well as the industry as a whole”.

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