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It is often said that one should not mix business with pleasure. But at Lagos Cocktail Week 2019 (LCW), this rule was broken for a great cause, as hospitality industry practitioners from all over the world, and cocktail enthusiasts converged for 2 days of learning, networking, and loads of fun!

The Lagos Cocktail Week kicked off with a fun and spirited Bar Crawl on the 11th of October, with influencers and celebrities on a ride through popular bars in Lagos sampling various drinks and cocktails, courtesy Fayrouz. On the ride was Bam Bam, Denola Grey, Zina Anumudu, among others. The bars visited were Atmosphere Rooftop, Nok by Alara, and Brass & Copper.

The main event took place from October 16th – October 17th at the Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel. It was an especially memorable event, as founder of Lagos Cocktail, Lara Rawa’s cocktail services company, Eventi Cocktails, celebrated its 10th year anniversary.

Some memorable sessions during the event include the  “Coffee Lifestyle Meets Cocktail Hour” panel, that featured industry leaders including Fikayo Durosinmi-Etti (MD, Café Neo), Adeyinka Tekenah (Founder, Happy Coffee), and Toluwalope Omidiji (Founder, 19.8 Drinks & Cocktails), who spoke about innovative developments pertaining to the subject matter in the Nigerian market.

Another memorable highlight was the practical workshop on New Trends in Mixology by Malika Saidi of Amsterdam-based Bartending Academy, “Bols Bartending.” During her session, attendees got to learn firsthand, the art and science of current and future mixology trends.

Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Honourable Shuli Olufunke Adebolu, was also present at the event.

Oh, and can we talk about the grand finale of LCW? It was so much fun! Celebrities and influencers including, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Elizabeth Elohor, Uti Nwachukwu, Anto Lecky, Ono Bello, Latasha Ngwube, Denola Grey, Bolly Lomo, Efa Iwara, Shine Begho, and more came out to celebrate the big night and witness the Bar Battle.

After a truly epic battle, a representative of South Social, Gbenle Olawale Shalom, emerged winner and won the amazing prize of an all-expense paid training/trip at Bols Bartending Academy in Amsterdam. After the 6-month training, he will become their local brand ambassador.